Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JOHN F. DUNCAN is a gentleman
of first-class standing in Douglas county and is one of the pioneers of
the Big Bend country. He has a fine estate of one section about two
miles north from Hartline, which is all laid under tribute for the production
of wheat. In addition to this, he owns real estate in different sections
of the county, besides various other property holdings.
John F. Duncan was born in McDonough county,
Illinois, on August 25, 1862, being the son of John and Margaret (Chapin)
Duncan, natives of Illinois and Ohio, respectively. The father was
a veteran of the Civil War. Our subject was educated in the public
schools of Hancock county, Illinois and there remained until he grew to
manhood, taking up farming after he arrived at his majority. In 1886,
he came to Lincoln county, Washington, settling near Wilbur, where he made
his home for five years. After that he took a homestead near Baird
postoffice, Douglas county and improved the same in good season.
Then he purchased his present home place and since then has devoted his
energies largely to the improvement and cultivation of his farm, and in
stock raising. He has a fine band of well graded cattle and horses.
Mr. Duncan has two brothers and one sister, Elmer E., Ralph J., and Mrs.
Loretta B. Fry.
At Wilbur, Washington, on December 27, 1891,
Mr. Duncan married Miss Minnie, daughter of Samuel C. and Louisa (Davis)
Hyde, natives of Wisconsin and New Hampshire, respectively. Mr. Hyde
is a veteran of the Civil War. Mrs. Duncan was born in Pierce county,
Wisconsin, on September 9, 1869 and has one brother, Fred and one sister,
Mrs. Nellie Lewis. To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have been born Pearl Fern,
on December 11, 1897 and two children, a girl and a boy, who died when
six months of age, and one son, Glenn E., on November 29, 1903.
Fraternally, Mr. Duncan is affiliated with
the A. F. & A. M., the I. O. O. F., the Maccabees and the M. W. A.
He and his wife are members of the Methodist church at Hartline and are
the center of a large circle of friends. In addition to his other
labors, Mr. Duncan is now serving as deputy treasurer and delinquent tax
collector of Douglas county, in which capacity he gives entire satisfaction.