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.

     GEORGE M. McDONALD has won a brilliant success in the mercantile world in Douglas county and it is with pleasure we accord him representation in the work which chronicles the history of this interesting political division.  He has come to the front, not by reason of any "streak of luck", as is so often hurled at leading men, but has won the present position by dint of hard labor, steady application to business, and display of keen discrimination and business sagacity.  He has always shown uprightness and integrity in his dealings and has thus won the confidence of the people, which is richly deserved.
     George M. McDonald was born in Decatur county, Iowa, on February 26, 1857, being the son of William McDonald, who was born in Ohio but came as a pioneer to Iowa.  Before coming to the Hawkeye State he married an Ohio girl, Neoma Montgomery and when the awful Rebellion broke out he tore himself from his home and enlisted in the Twenty-fourth Iowa Volunteer Infanty, to fight for his country.  He was put in the hospital later and there died, giving his life for his flag.  Our subject was educated in Iowa and there remained engaged variously until 1881 when he came to Harrington, Kansas.  For two years he did a livery business there and then sold and traveled until 1887, when he settled at Medical Lake, Washington.  One year later he did building in Spokane, whence he came to Almira and opened a lumber yard and feed store.  One year later Mr. McDonald located in Coulee City and started a feed and implement store.  For two years this engaged him and then he added a general stock of merchandise and at once began to do a large and thriving business.  For eleven years he has continued in this business and has come to be second to no mercantile house in the county.  Early in 1903, Mr. McDonald sold the hardware and grocery departments of his business to DeBolt & McCann, and continued handling dry goods and gents' furnishings together with boots and shoes until recently he added a grocery and hardware departments.  Mr. McDonald has shown excellent wisdom in selecting and buying his goods to meet the needs of this section and herein lies much of his success.  In addition to the enterprises mentioned, Mr. McDonald buys much wheat independently and does well in selling to the general market.  Politically, he is decidedly independent and although often solicited to hold office he has absolutely refused to allow his name to appear on any ticket.
     Mr. McDonald has two brothers, Albert T., and John W., and one half-sister, Mary L.
     At Spokane, in 1900,  Mr. McDonald married Miss Josephine Bonner, a daughter of Peter and Margaret (Whalan) Bonner, the former a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the latter of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She has the following named brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mary Marlow, Thomas James, Mrs. Nellie Sprague, William S., Mrs. Isabella Carr, Mrs. Catherine Hagey, Fred M., Frank R., and Grace.  Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have no children of their own, but one adopted daughter, Beulah D., born May 26, 1900.
     Mr. McDonald is fraternally connected with the A. F. & A. M. and the I. O. O. F. and is a leading spirit in the county.