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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 C. INGLE resides one mile northeast from Lamona on one of the largest estates of the entire state of Washington.  It has been but comparatively few years, since Mr. Ingle landed at Harrington with two cayuses, one a pack and the other a riding animal.  He had in addition thereto one hundred and eighteen dollars in his pocket and these were all his holdings.  He went to work for wages and soon thereafter took a homestead and from that time until the present has been a period of prosperity to him.  Notwithstanding the fact that he came just before the hard times, landing here in the fall of 1890, he has not failed in any of his enterprises.  Although he lost heavily through crop failures and so forth, his general progress has never been stopped.  Since he put in his first crop, he began to purchase land and has continued steadily, adding to his holdings from time to time until he now has three thousand acres, every bit of which is fine wheat land.  He has the estate divided into three mammoth farms, each one provided with the best of buildings and all other improvements.  The places are connected with headquarters by telephone and he directs the operations of his entire domain from his residence.  Mr. Ingle has not only shown himself a master in the art of farming but has clearly demonstrated that he is possessed of business ability of a very high order.  The carefulness with which every detail of the estate is conducted, together with a patent grasp of the whole, and enterprise characterize all of Mr. Ingle's undertakings and the successful combination of these two qualities bring him the most unbounded success.  Withal, Mr. Ingle is a genial, openhearted man, possessed of a very active and penetrating mind and guided by wisdom, which is evident to all.  He is also a man of very forceful character and strong will power.  An account of the details of his early life will be interesting to all and we append the same.
     J. C. Ingle was born in Cleveland, Tennessee, on November 27, 1862.  His father, Elbert C. Ingle, was born in Washington county, Tennessee, and was known as a good, substantial farmer and a veteran of the Civil War.  Our subject's mother, Margaret Ingle, was born in Blakely, Tennessee.  Her people were prominent and wealthy.  Our subject received an initial education at Georgetown Academy in Tennessee.  At the age of sixteen, he went to work for himself and not being satisfied with the training he had received, succeeded in working his way through Granby University, in Missouri.  This was the place of his literary training.  It is evident that his mind was not filled with untenable visions, for immediately after his study at the university, we find young Ingle out on the frontier of Kansas.  He was soon working here for wages on the farm and continued the same for two years.  His wages were spent in securing a good outfit with which he began exploring western Kansas.  In the course of this trip, he took a preemption and improved the same in such a manner that he shortly sold it for one thousand dollars.  After selling out in Kansas, he made his way to Park City, Utah, and did teaming until 1888, in which year he journeyed to Salt Lake City and engaged in the transfer business.  It was August, 1890, when he started on horseback from Salt Lake City to Lincoln county.  Harrington was his objective point and he made the journey without especial incident, arriving here as stated above with one hundred and eighteen dollars in cash.
It is evident that Mr. Ingle was gaining his experience from the time he sold his preemption to the time he landed in Harrington, judging from the state of his capital.  However, his experience was well worth the price he paid for it, for from the time he landed in the Big Bend, he began his career of success.  It seems almost incredible, yet Mr. Ingle has gained no less than ten thousand dollars on an average each year from the time he began work for wages on a farm near Harrington, until the present time.  It is a delight for any one to view the large estate and see the methods employed and precision exemplified in conducting it.  Very few people understand the responsibility incumbent upon one in charge of so large an estate, but Mr. Ingle's wisdom and executive ability have been fully equal to the task and from the time he commenced to accumulate property in the Big Bend country until the present, few mistakes, if any, have occurred to mar his continued successful progress.
     In 1901, occurred the marriage of Mr. Ingle and Mrs. Minnie Duvall.
     Mr. Ingle's standing is of the best in the community and he has been interested in building and improving this portion of Lincoln county.  His example has stimulated much worthy effort and he is considered one of the influential and leading men of Lincoln county.
 

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