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 N. GORMLEY resides about
five miles south from Douglas, where he has a choice farm of two hundred
acres, all of which is cropped to wheat annually. The place is well
improved and bears the appearance of thrift and wise management.
In addition to a full quota of all kinds of farm machinery needed on a
first-class grain ranch, Mr. Gormley owns and operates each year a fine
threshing outfit. He also has a bunch of well bred cattle and some
John N. was born in Knox county, Illinois,
on September 20, 1855. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Gerl)
Gormley, were natives of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, respectively.
The common schools of his native county furnished the education for our
subject and his early days were spent in assisting his father on the farm.
When sixteen, he went to Wright county, Missouri, and engaged in farming
near Hartville. That was his home until 1887, in the fall of which
year he had a very severe attack of western fever. The only cure
was found to be a trip to the west and soon after coming here he made settlement
in Douglas county, taking a homestead which is the nucleus of his present
estate. When he located here, Mr. Gormley was practically without
funds and like many of the other settlers, he was forced to the Palouse
and Walla Walla harvest fields to gain money for food and other necessaries.
However, he labored along faithfully and improved the place little by little
until he has one of the choice farms of the country and is a prosperous
and well-to-do man. Mr. Gormley has one brother, Chester P., and
one sister, Mrs. Lydia A. Hasten.
At Hartville, Missouri, on September 30, 1875,
Mr. Gormley married Miss Lucy C., the daughter of James and Mary Cavanaugh,
natives of Indiana and Tennessee, respectively. Mrs. Gormley was
born in Bedford county, Tennessee, on June 12, 1855, and has three brothers
and two sisters, Henry, Jackson L., John H., Mrs. Mary E. Shaddy, Mrs.
Sarah Burgess. To Mr. and Mrs. Gormley five children have been born,
Evaline, in Missouri and died in Columbia county, Washington; Albert N.,
born in Wright county, Missouri, on June 25, 1878; William H., in
Wright county, Missouri, on November 20, 1880; Wesley A., in Wright county,
Missouri, on November 3, 1883; and Mary E., deceased.
Mr. Gormley is a member of the Old Settlers'
Association of Douglas county and always takes a keen interest in everything
that is for the advancement and betterment of the residents of the community
and the upbuilding of the country. He is a good man, highly esteemed
and to be commended for his worthy labors.