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.

     LUKE MELIN is one of the best known stockmen in Douglas county.  He resides about nine miles north of Coulee City, where he has about four hundred and eighty acres of good farm land and two hundred head of fine graded cattle.  Mr. Melin has been very active in producing better grades of stock as Hereford and Durham and has done much for the stock industry of Douglas county.
     Luke Melin was born in the county of Roscommon, Ireland, on March 8, 1840, being the son of Patrick and Bridget (Corrigan) Melin, also natives of Roscommon County. The schools of his home place afforded the training for young Melin and he remained there until 1862 in which year he sailed  from Cork to Melbourne, Australia.  The vigor of his young manhood was well directed by abundant wisdom and he soon gained a large holding in property but on account of ill health was compelled to leave Australia.  He arrived in San Francisco, in July, 1868, and soon settled in Placer county, where he wrought in the mines for two years.  Next we find him in Virginia City, Nevada, following mining in the Yellow Jacket properties.  Seven years were consumed there and his next venture was at Tombstone, Arizona, where he mined for three years.  After this, he went to Mexico and was engaged in the Maria silver mines as foreman.  For five years, he held that position then returned to Virginia City and one year later made his way to the Grand Coulee in the Big Bend country.  He soon selected a portion of his present estate as a pre-emption and began the stock business.  He bought his first cattle from Philip McEntee and has steadily followed this industry with magnificent success since.  The broad acres of his estate are utilized for hay to feed his stock during the winter and Mr. Melin is certainly one of the most prosperous men in Douglas county.  He has with him at the present time, a nephew, John M., who assists him in the care of his large properties.  This young man is a son of Mr. Melin's oldest brother and is a native of Ireland.  Mr. Melin was raised in the doctrines of the Catholic church and is an adherent of the same institution at the present time.  He has hosts of friends throughout the county and is considered one of its good citizens.