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
GEORGE W. HOLLINGSHEAD is distinguished
as having established the first drug store in the town of Waterville, which
he is still operating. He has gained a good success in this business
and stands among the leading business men in this city. He was born
in Ontario, Canada, on July 31, 1859, being the son of Eli Hollingshead,
a native of Canada and a practicing physician now in Waterville.
Our subject was educated and reared in Michigan, remaining there until
twenty-eight. Then he came to Spokane and in 1888, on to Waterville.
He brought with him a stock of goods and opened the first drug store in
the town. In addition to handling this successfully since, Mr. Hollingshead
has also been engaged in stock raising. He owns sixteen hundred acres
of land. Immediately after his school days, our subject entered the
employ of Dr. Weirs, a druggist in Oscoda, Michigan, and with him he learned
to be a skilled druggist. After serving due time in this store, he
opened business for himself, and there remained until he came west.
Our subject has one brother, Herbert A., and one sister, Jennie Elliott.
In 1884, Mr. Hollingshead married Miss Carrie
M. McFarland, a native of Michigan. Her father, Andrew McFarland,
was a native of New York and married Mary Winchell, a native of the same
state and now living in Michigan. When the war broke out, he enlisted
in Company C, Second Michigan Cavalry, and served three years and nine
months. At the battle of Gettysburg, he was shot through the left
lung and died from the effects of the wound ten years later. The
paternal grandfather of our subject came from Nova Scotia and the McFarland
family is prominent in commercial and professional circles in the state
of New York at present.
To Mr. and Mrs. Hollingshead, one child, Ethel,
has been born, aged eight. Mr. Hollingshead is a member of the I.
O. O. F. and the K. O. T. M. He is a good staunch Republican but
not especially active, although interested in everything which is for the
advancement of the community.