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
JOHN A. FAULK was born on January 6, 1850, in Perry county, Pennsylvania, which county was also the life-long home of both his father and mother, John and Mary (Souder) Faulk. Mr. Faulk, the subject of this sketch, now lives on a farm two and one half miles southwest of Davenport. His brothers and sisters are, Phillip, Amos, Harry C., Mrs. Mary Wallace, Mrs. Matilda Gutshall, and Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson.
At the age of sixteen Mr. Faulk came to Union county, Iowa, where he worked on a farm and in saw mills. He was married on July 13, 1876, to Lydia A. Mewhirter, a native of Van Wert county, Ohio, born November 6, 1853. Her father, James Mewhirter, was a native of Pennsylvania, and son of James Mewhirter, born in Ireland and a soldier in the War of 18l2. Mrs. Faulk's mother was Sarah J. (Harter) Mewhirter, of Ohio birth. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Faulk are, Adam, Daniel. Mrs. Mary Willis, Mrs. Helen Smith, Brough, Mrs. Jennie Buck, Mrs. Dora McDonald, Marvin, and Mrs. Iva Eason.
Mrs. Faulk at the age of eight years migrated with her parents to Union county, Iowa, and was there during the Civil War. Although her father was disqualified for army service he devoted himself to providing for the widows and orphans and families of the soldiers of his county, who had gone to the front. He died at Creston, Iowa, in 1895. The mother of Mrs. Faulk came to Adams county, Washington, in 1900, and is there still living.
In 1884, Mr. and Mrs. Faulk removed to Lyons county, Kansas, and two years later to Adams county, this state, where Mr. Faulk filed a homestead a few miles northwest of Ritzville. They arrived there without means upon which to live pending their first grain harvest, so, after erecting a cabin on his claim, Mr. Faulk went to the Walla Walla country and worked in the harvest fields. While getting a start here they endured many trials and hardships, and finally, in 1897, they sold out their interests and came to Lincoln county, and the following spring purchased an unimproved quarter section of land where they now live. Most of their land is suitable to the culture of grain, and is all well improved and in tillage. They have all up-to-date improvements, and are in comfortable and prosperous circumstances.
Mrs. Faulk is a member of the Maccabees, and both are affiliated with the Loyal Americans fraternity and the Methodist Episcopal church.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Faulk are: Orla W., deceased; Carris, wife of Doctor W. C. Graham, a Davenport dentist; and Charles Marvin. Mrs. Graham is a woman of excellent educational attainments, and for a number of years was a school mistress in Adams county.