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.

     FRANCIS W. MCCANN is a member of the firm of De Bolt & McCann, who do a nice business in the hardware and grocery line in Coulee City.  Mr. McCann is one of the pioneers of the county and is a first class business man, well known, and popular.
     Francis W. McCann was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, on April 7, 1867, and his father, William McCann was also a native of the Keystone State and served in the Seventeenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry for three years and eight months during the Civil war, being an excellent soldier.  He is now a member of the G. A. R. After the war, he went to Colorado, mining and made a fortune.  Later, he wrought in the Transvaal diamond and gold fields of Africa and accumulated a large amount of money.  He then set sail for his native land and when in sight of it, the steamer was wrecked and he lost all his money.  Both parents are now residing in Wyoming.
     Mr. McCann married Miss Margaret A. Day, a native of Pennsylvania and our subject was the only child.  He was educated in the schools of Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Douglas county, Washington, having the distinction of attending the first school in this county.  It was located about seven miles north of Hartline and taught by C. C. Ladd.  Following are the names of the other pupils who attended the same school: Edward and William Day; Almira, Effie, Earl, and Elizabeth Rusho; Estes Higginbotham; Henry Elmer; Ada, Ella, and Kitty Rusho; James, Lucy and William Smith; Edwin and Ida Young.  He was only eleven when the family went from Pennsylvania to Nebraska and from that state, they journeyed to this county, landing here on September 16, 1883.  Settlement was made about seven miles north from Hartline and there he remained until he attained his majority.  In 1889, Mr. McCann took an active part in political matters and became deputy sheriff under Frank Day, the first elected sheriff in the county under the state constitution.  Later, he was nominated for sheriff but was swept aside by the populistic wave and served as deputy sheriff under Charles Ogle.  In 1900, Mr. McCann was elected on the Fusion ticket as county clerk, by a small majority, over J. W. Wolverton, the Republican.  He served in this capacity, with satisfaction to all, until January, 1903, when he entered into his present business, forming a co-partnership with Mr. De Bolt, who is named in another part of this work.
     On May 13, 1896, Mr. McCann married Miss Mary E., daughter of John C. and Sarah (Browning) Higginbotham.  Mrs. McCann was born in Missouri, on July 3, 1878 and has four brothers and two sisters, James F., Marshall, George, Thomas, Mrs. Lecta Drinkard, and Sallie.  To our subject and his wife, three children have been born, Ralph W., Frances F., and John C.
     Mr. McCann is an adherent of the Roman Catholic church, while in political matters, he maintains an independent position.  He is very active in the interests of the community and is known as a progressive and capable man.