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 Co., 1904.

     COLIN GILCHRIST, M. D.  Upon no class of men do greater responsibilities rest as touching the issues of life, than upon the physicians of our land.  Therefore it is that popular spirit demands that they be men of high moral character, recognized ability, and unswerving integrity.  As no exception to this high ideal, which is justly required, stands the gentleman whose name initiates this article.  Dr. Gilchrist has won for himself in the Columbia valley a reputation which can only be gained as the result of merit and wisdom.  He is well known throughout Douglas and Chelan counties and stands at the present time at the head of a large and constantly increasing practice, being located in the town of Wenatchee.  His reputation extends over both counties mentioned and his time is so fully occupied in attending to the calls of the sick that he is unable to attend to the duties of coroner of Chelan county, to which his fellows have called him.  He did serve for several terms in that capacity, then located in Waterville, but pressing calls now demand his entire time.  He has a good office and a cosy home in Wenatchee, and also owns a choice tract of fruit land of ten acres on the border of the city, where he expects in the near future to erect a commodious hospital, which will be a great addition to Wenatchee.  A detailed account of his career will be very acceptable to the citizens of these counties, and it is with pleasure that we append the salient points.
     Colin Gilchrist was born in Ontario, Canada, on February 5, 1861, the son of James and Marion (Campbell) Gilchrist, natives of Scotland and married in Canada.  The father dwelt in Canada forty-five years and was known as one of the stanch men of his section.  His death occurred on December 16, 1902.  The mother still resides on the old homestead, where she has already spent forty-six years.  Our subject was reared on the farm and participated in the invigorating exercise there to be found until twenty-one.  He had, in the meantime, received a thorough educational training from the grammar and high schools of Ontario, which are famed over the world as the best in the domain of the English language.  Then he spent several years teaching in Michigan, saving his means to gain a medical education. In 1885, Mr. Gilchrist entered the College of Medicine, in Detroit, and three years later received his diploma, with honors.  Five years later he took a three month post-graduate course in Detroit and in 1903 took two courses in Chicago.  He soon came from the scene of study and triumphs to the far west, selecting Waterville as the place of his first practice.  He at once began his life work and from the onset he was favored with a patronage which only skill and erudition can win.  In addition to this work he opened a drug store and dispensed medicines during his practice.  In 1897, Dr. Gilchrist came to Wenatchee and since that time has continued in active practive here and in the adjoining country.  The doctor secured a quarter section of land under the preemption right while in Douglas county but has sold it since.  At the present time he is county physician, chairman of the board of health, and school director.  He has one brother, William, on the old homestead in Canada; and three sisters, Mary, Sarah, and Maggie, all in Canada.
     On April 7, 1889, Dr. Gilchrist married Miss Mary C., daughter of Charles and Mary V. (Chenoweth) Aberly, natives of Germany and West Virginia, respectively.  Mrs. Gilchrist was born in Lagrande, Oregon, and there received her education.  Her father died in 1875.  The mother married Charles Preston, of Lagrande, who is now a boot and shoe merchant there.  She came from an old and prominent Virginia family and crossed the plains with her parents when young.  Mrs. Gilchrist has two half-sisters, Charlotte and Myrtle.  To Dr. and Mrs. Gilchrist two children, Marion V. and Hugh B. have been born.  The youngest died when fifteen months old.  The doctor and his wife belong to the Rebekahs, while he also is a member of the I. O. O. F., the Brotherhood of American Yeoman, the W. W., the M. W. A., the Royal Neighbors, and the Eagles.  They both belong to the Episcopal church and are exemplary citizens.