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 J. CARDWELL, a farmer
residing two miles south of Harrington, was born in Colusa county, California,
December 29, 1860. His parents were George W. Cardwell, a native
of Kentucky, who was reared in Missouri; and Rebecca (Stone) Cardwell,
also a native of Kentucky. They started for California in the spring
of 1860, going by way of New York and the Panama route. Upon arrival
they settled in Colusa county, where the father died in 1880, being then
in his fiftieth year. The mother is now living at Bonners Ferry,
Idaho, in her seventy-fourth year. The brothers and sisters of Mr.
Cardwell are George, Alexander, Charles T., and Mrs. Minnie L. Miller,
who resides at Bonners Ferry.
Mr. Cardwell grew to manhood in Colusa county,
California, and in 1885 he started north with a team and wagon, reaching
Roseburg, Oregon, where he spent the winter. The following spring
he came to Lincoln county and took a pre-emption near where he now lives.
During the hard times of 1893-94 he lost his pre-emption but he continued
to farm, and in 1900 he purchased his present home. He has three
hundred and twenty acres of land all under cultivation lying on a county
road and convenient to market. His improvements are of the most modern
type, consisting in part of a house, large barn, windmill, and an orchard
of five acres.
On March 12, 1893, occurred the marriage of
Mr. Cardwell to Lessie C. Curl, a native of Carroll county, Missouri, and
daughter of John J. and Mary E. (Seek) Curl, the father a native of Carroll
county, Missouri, and the mother of Ray county, of the same state.
The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Cardwell are, Mrs. Jessie Rainey, Napoleon
B., John F., and Ona L. The parents are now living in Harrington,
to which town they came in 1890.
Mr. Cardwell is a member of Harrington lodge
No. 160, I. O. O. F., and also the encampment of Harrington. Mrs.
Cardwell is a member of the Rebekah lodge. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell
are members of the Christian church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell have been born three
children, Mary R., Maggie L., and George J.