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.

     JAMES T. McLEAN resides two miles west from Bridgeport and gives his attention to general farming and stock raising.  He was born in New Brunswick near New Castle, on February 7, 1860, the son of Laughlan and Rebecca (McTavish) McLean, natives of the Isles of Mull and Tyre, respectively.  The father followed lumbering.  Our subject had but poor privileges to gain an education in New Brunswick, but he well improved all his advantages, until seventeen, then began lumbering for himself.  He journeyed from New Brunswick to Stillwater, Minnesota, and continued lumbering for two years.  Then he went to the Black Hills, Dakota, and worked for a year.  Later, he took up lumbering and came to Powder river, Montana, where, also he raised stock.  He visited Yellowstone Park and then in company with others, rode across the country to Yakima, where he engaged in lumbering for Seward and Grover.  In 1887, he moved to Douglas county and took a pre-emption and timber culture claim where he now resides.  He later took up a homestead and his estate is well improved.  He grows small grain in addition to handling stock and is one of the prosperous men in this county.  He has a large band of well graded cattle and some horses.  Mr. McLean has been road supervisor and has also held various other offices.  He has three brothers and two sisters, Laughlan, Isaac M., William, Mrs. Margaret McCurdy, Mrs. Alice Harris.
     At Waterville, on July 21, 1890, Mr. McLean married Miss Mildred Tackey, the daughter of Daniel and Martha (Wasson) Tackey, natives of Pennsylvania.  Mrs. McLean was born in Laclede county, Missouri, on October 3, 1871, and has one brother and four sisters, Henry, Mrs. Charlotte Rigg, Mrs. Emma Stout, Mrs. Mary Nolan and Mrs. Minnie Smith.  Mr. and Mrs.  McLean have the following named children: Ira D., born on December 29, 1891; Charles H., born November 9, 1893; Floyd J., born July 5, 1901  and Maud, born March 27, 1904.
     Mr. McLean is an Orangeman and was raised in the church of Scotland.  He is a very popular man and receives the respect of all.  He is a first class citizen and has labored steadily and well for the building up of the country as well as gaining the confidence that he now has.