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.
JAMES McCALLUM, who lives on
and cultivates a farm one half mile south of Larene, is a native of Argyleshire,
Scotland, born January 12, 1844. His father and mother were John
and Agnes McCallum, both lifelong residents of Scotland. His brother
and sisters are, Mrs. Maggie Reed, Mrs. Janet McCoag, Mrs. Flora McNeil,
Mrs. Mary Stalker, who died in Australia, and Archibald.
James McCallum grew to manhood on a farm in
his native country, and there was married, May 25, 1869, to Janet McKerrall,
who was born in Scotland, March 22, 1844. Immediately after the wedding
ceremony was performed the couple boarded a steamer bound for the United
States, arrived in New York, and from that city came direct to Macoupin
county, Illinois. Mrs. McCallum is the only child ever born to her
parents, Godfrey and Janet (McEachran) McKerrall, both of whom died when
she was a child, and she was raised by her uncle and aunt, Archibald and
Isabella (McMillan) McKerrall.
Mr. and Mrs. McCallum lived on a farm in Illinois
until the spring of 1884, when they came to Davenport and purchased three
hundred and twenty acres of railroad land, where they now live. Mr.
McCallum also has three quarters of a section of timber land on Hawk creek.
His agricultural land is all well improved and in a high state of cultivation.
He has a good house, large barn, good outbuildings, etc., with plenty of
implements and stock to successfully carry on his business.
Mr. and Mrs. McCallum are members of the Presbyterian
church at Larene, of which Mr. McCallum is an elder; and Mr. McCallum is
a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities in Illinois.
To Mr. and Mrs. McCallum have been born four
children: Jessie Ann, born April 24, 1870, and now the wife of James A.
Slater; Agnes Isabel, born April 29, 1876; John Godfrey, born September
20, 1881, and died in infancy; and James D., born September 29, 1886, in
Lincoln county. The first three were born in Illinois.