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
JASPER GARLAND is one of the
large stockmen of Douglas county. He is an exemplification of what
grit and determination can do, as will be seen by reviewing his career.
Jasper Garland was born in Alexandria, Louisiana,
on April 19, 1847. His father, Hambleton Garland, was a native of
North Carolina and married Miss Jane McNease, a native of Tennessee.
Our subject was educated in the common schools of his native county and
there remained until 1866, when he journeyed west to Texas and dwelt in
Henderson and Kaufman counties of that state, for fifteen years.
Then he removed to Colorado and Utah and for two years did contract work
on the construction of the Rio Grande & Denver railroad. Following
that, Mr. Garland settled in Gilliam county, Oregon and devoted himself
to ranching and stock raising. In 1888, he took a large band of sheep
on shares and the following year moved his sheep and other stock to Douglas
county and made settlement in the vicinity of Moses Lake. Adverse
circumstances accompanied his trip, while inclement weather and other things
continued, until Mr. Garland had not a head left. Not being made
of the stuff, however, that gives way to discouragement, he immediately
hired out for a sheep herder for T. J. Ferguson and for five years did
that most tiresome and arduous work. He saved his money and bought
a band of sheep for himself and now has over six thousand of these profitable
animals. In addition, Mr. Garland owns three quarter sections of
fine land, five miles west of Coulee City, where he makes his headquarters.
He has a good range and his sheep are the Merino breed. His markets
are Seattle and Spokane. In addition to sheep, Mr. Garland has a
fine band of horses and some cattle.
The marriage of Mr. Garland and Miss Eveline
Holbrook occurred in Kaufman county, Texas, on September 10, 1874.
The parents of Mrs. Garland are Amerous and Seline (Dunn) Holbrook, natives
of Mississippi. Mrs. Garland was born in Louisiana in March, 1852,
and has one brother, Albert and one sister, Mrs. Martha McAdams.
Mr. Garland has one brother, Marion. To this union the following
children have been born, Mrs. Minnie McDonough, Jasper, Albert M., Grover
C., and Charles C. The first two were born in Texas, the third in
Idaho, the next in Oregon, and the last in Coulee City.
Mr. Garland is a member of the A. F. &
A. M. and in church matters favors the Methodists.