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.
ALFRED GRAVELLE maintains a residence
in Spokane, though his postoffice address is Reardan, Washington.
He was born July 4, 1854, in Montreal, Canada. His father, Octave
Gravelle, was born in Canada, of French extraction, and is now living in
Big Hole, Montana, at the age of seventy-eight. The subject's mother
is Mrs. Sophia (Dow) Gravelle, and is still living at the age of seventy-six
with her husband at Big Hole. She is of Scotch descent and was born
and reared in Canada.
Mr. Gravelle came with his parents to Rutland,
Vermont, in 1865, and was employed for a time in the marble quarries near
that city. In 1870 he went to Virginia City, Nevada, spending several
years in the mines there. Among the mines in which he was employed
was the famous Belcher mine, one of the Comstock Company's properties,
which reached a depth of three thousand, five hundred feet, --the deepest
mine in America, if not in the world. After eight years spent in
Nevada he came to Washington and filed a homestead on a piece of land eight
miles southwest of where Reardan now stands, he being one of the first
settlers in that section, in fact, but few settlers had found their way
to the entire Big Bend at that time. He later sold his homestead
and bought two hundred and forty acres of land where Gravelle Station,
on the Seattle & Lake Shore railway now is, the station having been
named for him. His land is all of good quality and well improved.
He also has a large tract of land in the vicinity of Fruitland, Stevens
county. In addition to his farm property he, as has been stated,
maintains a residence in the city of Spokane, where a portion of his time
is spent. He has quite extensive interests in several good mining
properties situated in different parts of the state. Although coming
to the country with but little capital he is at this time comfortably situated
and independent in so far as his living in concerned.