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.
THEOPHILUS HATCH was born in
Switzerland county, Indiana, August 13, 1852. His father, Curns Hatch,
was born on the same place as our subject and was a veteran both of the
Mexican and the Civil wars. The mother, Elizabeth (Reno) Hatch was
also born in the same place. Our subject was educated in the public
schools of Indiana and early learned the blacksmith trade. After
becoming proficient in that, he journeyed in 1874, to California, where
he worked at his trade until 1883. In that year, he came to Washington
and settled on a homestead four miles north from Almira. Later, he
took preemption and timberculture claims; then bought land until he has
now one thousand, two hundred and eighty acres of first class farming land.
He also owns a beautiful residence in Almira and every thing that is needed
to handle a large and first class estate. He owns twenty-five head
of cattle, thirty head of horses, two headers and a steam thresher besides
all other accessories. It is interesting to note that when Mr. Hatch
stepped out for himself from the parental roof, he had but three dollars
and seventy-five cents. The last year the wheat productions of his
estate alone sold for over six thousand dollars.
In 1888, Mr. Hatch married Miss Nellie E.,
daughter of William and Rosa (Webber) Lea. The father was born in
England and is now a farmer in California. The mother was born in
Michigan and crossed the plains to California with her parents when she
was a child, making the journey with ox teams. To Mr. and Mrs. Hatch,
three children have been born, Rosa M., Clarence C. and Henrietta.
Mr. Hatch has one brother, John M. Mrs. Hatch was born in Reno, Nevada,
September 20, 1870. She received her education in Walla Walla, Washington,
in which state she was married. She is well acquainted with frontier
life and has shown herself a true woman and a pioneer. When Mr. Hatch
first came to this country he had to go thirty-five miles for his mail
and endured hardships and deprivations incident to a pioneer life.