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.
JEROME W. BELKNAP lives five
miles north and one and one-half miles east of Harrington. Born September
19, 1856, he was the son of James and Harriet (Tripp) Belknap. His
father was born in the state of New York and comes of an old military family,
his father, John, having been a soldier in the War of 1812, and his grandfather,
also named John, in the Revolution. The family is of English lineage.
Mr. Belknap's mother was a native of Pennsylvania.
Our subject has a twin brother, George, of
Davenport. At the age of ten Mr. Belknap went with his parents to
Linn county, Iowa, but left home two years later and procured work with
a railroad company. He followed railroading several years, then came
to Lewiston, Idaho, in 1884. Here he worked on salary for some time,
and in 1885 he filed a timber claim on his present home. He removed
to the claim in the spring of 1888 and built a small floorless house, which
has since been replaced by a fine modern dwelling. He has six hundred
and forty acres of land all under fence, and five hundred acres under cultivation.
Most of his land is desirable grain land, and improved according to the
most progressive and up-to-date method. His house is a two-story,
nine-room structure with hot and cold water, bath and all other modern
In the month of December, 1898, Mr. Belknap
was married to Mrs. Mary E. (Dunn) Trask, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Her father was Dennis Dunn, a native of England of Irish descent, and for
eleven years a railroad conductor. Her mother was Birdie (Wall) Dunn, also
a native of Massachusetts. At the time of her marriage to Mr. Belknap,
Mrs. Trask was the mother of three children, Albert W., Mona A., and Frederick
Fraternally, Mr. Belknap is a member of the
Odd Fellows lodge and Mrs. Belknap is a Rebekah. Both hold membership
in the Harington lodges of their respective orders. Mrs. Belknap
is also a member of the Universalist church.