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. LEMLEY, son of
William S. and Dora (Cline) Lemley, is one of the prosperous and energetic
business men of Reardan, Lincoln county. His father, William S.,
is a native of Illinois, and was a pioneer during the early days of the
settlement of Wisconsin, where at one period he conducted a stage line
between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. He afterward engaged in the livery
business and subsequently removed to Iowa where he now resides. The
mother of our subject came from Hanover, Germany, when quite young, and
was married in Sheboygan. She now resides with her husband in Iowa.
John C. Lemley is the second oldest child of six, four boys and two girls,
three of whom are living in the vicinity of Reardan, and the others in
the east. In the autumn of 1896 he was married to Alice McGowan,
of Fairview, Washington. In his younger days he attended school in
Iowa, which state he left in the spring of 1880 and went to Helena, Montana,
where he was engaged in the butcher and various other businesses until
1882 when he came to Sprague, Washington, and opened a saloon, in which
business he is still engaged, in connection with a live stock enterprise
in Okanogan county, Washington. In 1893 Mr. Lemley conducted a saloon
in Edwell in company with J. W. Reynolds, and was an important factor in
the upbuilding of that town. This business he disposed of in 1896
and engaged in farming. In 1898 he returned to Reardan. Mr.
Lemley owns a section and a half of land, and has a good-sized band of
cattle, a fine residence in the east part of the town of Reardan, containing
five rooms, and he has also five lots on the "Hill." Two children
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lemley, Helen, aged four, and Beatrice,
aged three years.
Mr. Lemley is a member of the B. P. O. E.,
Lodge No. 228, Spokane, and is chief ranger of the Foresters of Reardan,
of which organization he was the moving spirit.