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.

     JOHN J. CORMANA came to the Big Bend country about twenty years since, possessed of no worldly goods but filled with the determination to build himself a good home.  He at once took a homestead about seven miles northwest from where he now resides and began general farming.  It was a very slow start indeed, owing to the newness of the country and the scarcity of settlers and the many things with which he had to contend.  He continued in his labors with commendable application and tenacity and soon had a small farm producing well.  He added by purchase from time to time until he now has an estate of over sixteen hundred acres of choice wheat land all in a high state of cultivation.  The farm is supplied with excellent buildings of all kinds needed, plenty of machinery, including a combined harvester, and a goodly number of horses and other stock.  Mr. Cormana is today one of the wealthy men of Lincoln county.  He has also gained an excellent standing among the people and is a representative citizen of the Big Bend country.
     John J. Cormana was born in Caldwell county, Missouri, on May 22, 1857, being the son of John and Mary A. (McFall) Cormana, natives of Kentucky where also they were reared and married.  They came to Missouri in early days and engaged in farming, later becoming wealthy in this occupation.  Our subject was reared and educated in Missouri and followed farming there until 1885, the year he located in the Big Bend country.
     In 1887, Mr. Cormana married Miss Alice Reed, a native of Ohio.  To them five children have been born, Carrie M., Claude E., Bertha L., J. Elmer, and Charlie B.  Mrs. Cormana's father was a prominent and wealthy merchant in Ohio.  Mr. Cormana has one brother, William F., who is a mining man of British Columbia.  Mr. Cormana owns a residence in Harrington and part of the time he and his family dwell there.