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.

     THOMAS PARRY is the present efficient and genial encumbent of the post office at Coulee City.  He received his appointment in 1897 and has held the position since, to the entire satisfaction of the patrons of the office.  Mr. Parry is a thorough business man and in company with Mr. Roberts handled one of the first machine shops in this vicinity.  He is now heavily interested in land and sheep raising, being one of the prosperous men of Douglas county.  Thomas P. was born in Denbighshire, North Wales, on May 16, 1861, the son of Edward and Ann Morgan Parry, natives of Wales.  He was educated in the National schools of his native land and there remained until he grew to manhood. 1882 marks the date when he first set foot in the United States, and he soon selected Mazon, Grundy county, Illinois, as the place for his settlement and for two years he was occupied there in tilling the soil.  In 1884, he came to Sprague, Lincoln county and engaged as wiper in the round house there.  He worked his way up until he became engineer and remained with the Northern Pacific railroad until 1889.  Then he entered partnership with George R. Roberts and opened a general merchandise establishment at McEntee, the firm being known as Roberts & Parry.  They did a large business there until 1895, and then dissolved partnership, Mr. Parry going into business for himself.  He did a confectionary and drug business until appointed to the post office and since has devoted himself to the office, together with his land and stock interests.  Mr. Parry has four brothers and one sister, all living in Wales.
     At Sprague, on November 2, 1887 occurred the marriage of Thomas Parry and Miss Elizabeth E. Roberts.  The parents of the bride are Robert G. and Elizabeth (Williams) Roberts, natives of Wales and now living in this country.  Mrs. Parry has five brothers and four sisters, named as follows, George R., Robert D., John, David, James, Sarah, Mrs. Ellen Rhyddarch, Mrs. Mariem Muir, and Mary.  To Mr. and Mrs. Parry, the following children have been born, Esther A., Edith F., Lila S., and George S.
     Mr. Parry does not belong to any denomination but is a supporter of all.  He is known as very energetic and stirring man and one of the upright and sagacious business men who have done much for the country.