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.
J. FRANK BRISLAWN resides about
six miles north from Sprague on an estate of four hundred acres which he
purchased in 1897. The place is provided with a tasty two story,
five room residence, barns and other buildings, plenty of farm machinery
and stock, and he is one of the leading farmers in this portion of the
country. Mr. Brislawn gives his entire attention to farming and has
made all excellent success of it. He was born in Linn county, Iowa,
on September 3, 1874. His parents, Mathew and Mary E. (Caranaugh)
Brislawn, were born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, on October 20,
1850, and in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, respectively. They are now
living in Lincoln county. Our subject was four years of age when
he came with his parents to Dayton, Washington, and the next year, the
family moved to Lincoln county. He received a good common school
education and labored with his father until twenty-three, then bought a
farm, where he now resides, and started for himself. Thus far in
life he has made a commendable success, while the wisdom and energy he
has shown in the past bespeak excellent things for him in the future.
At Sprague, on November 25, 1897, Mr. Brislawn
married Miss Elizabeth, the daughter of John and Mary (Clark) McGough.
The father was born in Ireland and died in Lincoln county, in 1899.
The mother was also born in the Emerald Isle and now lives in Sprague.
Mr. Brislawn has the following brothers and sisters; John H., Michael T.,
Joseph W., Margaret E., Matthew P., Mary A., Lewis A., Anastasia A., Ellen,
Mark G. Mrs. Brislawn has five brothers and sisters, namely, Peter
E., Rosa A., Mary J., John, and Mrs. Almira McGlade. To Mr. and Mrs.
Brislawn four children have been born, Francis G., Paul G., Guy M., and
Mr. Brislawn belong to the Catholic Knights
of America, while he and his wife are members of the Roman Catholic