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
OSCAR W. NEELY is one of the
younger men who have struggled for and gained abundant success in general
farming and stock raising in Douglas county. His home place, which
consists of one quarter section of land, lies about ten miles southwest
from Waterville. In addition to this, he has a section of school
land rented, both of which places are well stocked and improved.
His principal crops are cereals, while in stock raising he is handling
the Shorthorn and Hereford breeds. He has about sixty-five head of
fine grades and he is producing some of the finest cattle in this section.
It is very gratifying to see that Mr. Neely has achieved such success in
breeding fine stock and it is sincerely hoped that his endeavors will stimulate
others in the same line of enterprise, for it is well known that the thoroughbred
cattle are far more profitable to the farmer than ordinary stock.
Oscar W. Neely was born in Decatur, Illinois
on January 10, 1870. His father, George Neely, was born in Philadelphia
and married Miss Mollie M. Hunt, a native of Illinois. The subject
of this article was educated in the common schools of Decatur, and came
to Douglas county in 1890. He took his present place as a homestead
and has added since a section of railroadland, by purchase, in addition
to the school land mentioned above. Mr. Neely has labored continuously
on his estate here since settling, and his efforts, which have been wisely
bestowed have brought about his present prosperous condition. Mr.
Neely has one sister, Elma L. Neely, living in Chicago. The marriage
of our subject and Miss Emma E. Lamb occurred at Fairmount, Nebraska, February
3, 1888. The wife's parents are George and Francis J. (Kelso) Lamb.
The mother is deceased but the father is now living in this county.
Mrs. Neely was born in Saline county, Nebraska, on January 20, 1872.
She has one brother and one sister, Elmer E., and Mrs. Lou J. Waters.
On November 27, 1892, one son, Claude W., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Neely.
Mr. Neely is a member of the Maccabees and his wife belongs to the Ladies
Auxiliary of the same order. They were both raised in the Christian
faith and are greatly in sympathy with that denomination at the present