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.

     PATRICK KELLEY.  Among the pioneers of Douglas county there is no more worthy representative than the gentleman whose name is mentioned above.  He met and overcame all the obstacles to be encountered in settling the frontier country and has remained here until now.  He is one of the well-to-do citizens.  He resides about eight miles northwest of Hartline on land that he took as a pre-emption at the first and the little log cabin and the smoke-house, his first improvements, are still in evidence on the estate.  Mr. Kelley has erected a fine two-story residence, large barn and other improvements which have beautified and made valuable the home place.  He does general farming and raises fine thoroughbred stock having a large herd of cattle and horses at the present time.
     Patrick Kelley was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on January 1, 1846, being the son of John and Margaret (Casey) Kelley, natives of the Emerald Isle.  While our subject was but a lad the family moved to Illinois, and in Jersey county of that state he received his education from the common schools.  He remained in the Prairie State until he was grown to manhood, then began to work for himself.  He farmed in Madison county until October, 1893 when he came to Cheney, Washington.  He made that town his headquarters but soon was out in the Big Bend where he selected his place as a pre-emption.  He went to work and has assiduously continued in the same until the present time.  Mr. Kelley has two brothers, John and George, and two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Cotter, and Mrs. Mary Bell.
     It is of interest to note a point in Mr. Kelley's history.  When he arrived in Cheney, he had fifteen hundred dollars in cash.  His first venture was two purchase a team.  Shortly thereafter, his children were taken with a severe type of diphtheria, and before the long siege was through, his wife was also attacked by the same dread malady.  This necessitated Mr. Kelley leaving his work and attending to the family.  Before the scourge was ended, he had spent all his money for doctor bills and nursing, and was penniless.  He borrowed forty dollars on his team and landed on the claim in the Big Bend, without food or comforts for winter.  A friend introduced him to a kind storekeeper, who trusted  him with supplies for the winter, and the next spring, he went to work and paid up all his debts.  So, starting with less than nothing, Mr. Kelley has arisen to his present position by virtue of his sagacity and industry.
     At Marion, Illinois, on June 19, 1873, Mr. Kelley married Miss Phobe, daughter of John and Lena Troutener, natives of Germany.  Mrs. Kelley has one sister, Mrs. Matilda Bockemuhl.  To Mr. and Mrs. Kelley, the following children have been born, Margaret, who died in Douglas county, on October 16, 1898; John J., William P., Charles E., Mary M. and Elizabeth A., twins, and Teresa A. and Emma J., twins.
     Mr. and Mrs. Kelley are adherents of the Roman Catholic church.  In addition to general stock raising and farming Mr. Kelley has done some fine work as an orchardist and in 1892 took the first prize on apples at the Spokane fair.