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.

     HON.  D. M. DRUMHELLER.  It is impossible within the limits of a few pages to do justice to, and make mention of, all the interesting facts which are necessarily bound up in the details that mark the career of the subject of this sketch.  It is still more difficult for the citizens of today to realize what the early settlers endured when they were compelled to meet danger and want, and to give up the accustomed comforts of life.  Were it within the purpose of our story to reveal the trials of the old pioneers, we must certainly say first that it was an act of heroism to undertake the long and wearisome transcontinental journey unavoidable to those early settlers, who made their home in Washington when it was a wilderness and practically an unbroken country.
     Probably no one man in the state is more deserving of space or personal mention in a history of this character than Mr. Drumheller.  His achievements and successes have been a part of the growth and development of the state and there are few, if any, better known or more highly respected throughout the entire northwest.  Throughout this broad range of country he has marked the impress of his individuality without really knowing it himself.
     He was born March 25, 1841 in Sumner county, Tennessee, and when a child accompanied his parents to southwestern Missouri where he resided until he was fifteen years of age.  At that time he crossed the plains and located in California, remaining there until 1859.  Soon after his arrival in California, he secured employment as a cattle herder and with the money he earned while thus engaged, he probably laid the foundation that marked his successful career in life.
     In 1859 Mr. Drumheller decided to go to that part of Utah which is now a portion of the state of Nevada.  Here he secured employment with the Pony Express business that was operated by Ben Holliday.  He remained in this position until 1861, when he decided to come to the territory of Washington and on June 16, of that year, he landed in the town of Walla Walla where he remained until 1865 when he moved to Umatilla, Oregon.  Here his capability, sound judgment and logical sense were soon recognized by the people who elected him to represent them in the legislature of the state.  In 1887 he returned to Washington and located in the Crab creek country, Lincoln county, where he engaged in the cattle business.  His business assumed gigantic proportions and for many years was conducted on an extensive scale and operated successfully.  When Mr. Drumheller first settled in Lincoln county it was included within the boundary lines of Spokane county, but since then population and emigration have caused it to be separated from Spokane, yet Mr. Drumheller is as popular and well known in Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties as he is in the city of Spokane.  He still owns over twenty thousand acres of land in these counties, and is one of the organizers and directors of the Davenport National bank and the Reardan Exchange bank.  Both of these banks were instituted with his direct co-operation and advice.
     In 1880 he moved to the city of Spokane where he soon became a prominent factor in the commercial and general growth and development of the city.  In 1884 he was elected councilman to the first city council ever chosen in Spokane and by his good judgment, keen foresight, and general knowledge of affairs and requirements, he was instrumental in formulating a foundation and operative basis whereby the young municipality had from its inception a practical business government.  While he never was a politician in the full sense of the term, or ever sought political preferment, honors in this direction have been thrust upon him.  In 1892 he accepted the nomination for mayor on the Democratic ticket, and while sentiment and public opinion was largely Republican, the citizens realized his qualifications for the office and elected him.  His administration, was all that could be expected and was criticized generally as clean, upright, and judicious.
     The Insane Asylum at Medical Lake stands as a monument to his business capacity and integrity.  As one of the commissioners under whose management this splendid institution was erected, he still further justified the universal esteem in which he is held.
     Mr. Drumheller is vice president of the the Traders National bank of Spokane, one of the largest, most successful, and substantial financial institutions in the state of Washington.  He has filled the office of vice president from its inception and was instrumental in its organization.  When the bank was organized he was a firm believer in its future advancement and became one of the heaviest stockholders.  Its progress and success have resulted largely from his wise counsel and good judgment and have justified his opinion and resulted in the strength of the institution.
     This brief sketch of the life of Mr. Drumheller leaves untold much that would be interesting, but what has been said of him proves that he is a man of indomitable will and perseverance, and remarkable knowledge.  His characteristics are simple, plain, and unostentatious.  He holds an honorable position in business and social circles and is universally respected by all classes.