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.