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 H. NICHOLLS, residing one mile southeast of Davenport, Lincoln county, is engaged in general farming, stock raising, and fruit growing.  He was born in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, June 27, 1850, the son of Thomas and Harriett Nicholls, natives of England.  The father came to the United States when twenty-two years old, located in Chicago, opened a law office, became chief assistant to the master in chancery, and burned out in 1871.  Then he went to Minnesota, and from there to California.  He came to Washington in 1885.  He opened a law office, at Spokane, but was burned out again in the great Spokane fire, of 1889.  He then came to Davenport where he lived two years.  On the death of his wife he returned to Fairmont, Minnesota, and died in 1900.  To Thomas and Harriett Nicholls were born six children, Sophia, Cordelia, John H., Thomas, Hattie and Aimee.
     Our subject was reared in Canada where he received his elementary education, and later completed an excellent business education in Chicago.  He began the world for himself at the age of eighteen years, he and his brother taking charge of an extensive farm in Minnesota.  Later he removed to California where he was made field boss, and subsequently foreman, on an extensive wheat farm.  He remained here four years.  Going to Chicago he was for three years city buyer for a wholesale drug house.  He came to Washington and located at Four Lakes, Spokane county, where he worked for I. N. Peyton during the winter of 1879, and in the spring of 1880 he, in company with Colonel Peyton, opened a store at Deep Creek.  In 1881, he and James Courtright purchased Colonel Peyton's interest in the store, and moved the stock to Cottonwood Springs, now Davenport, where they conducted business one year.  Mr. Nicholls then bought out his partner and for eight years was alone.  On coming to Davenport he erected the first hotel in the place, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of railroad land, which now includes the site of Davenport.  He disposed of half this land to Colonel Peyton, and later sold the other half.  Mr. Nicholls was the first postmaster in Davenport, and the first mayor.  Subsequently he moved on to his farm, containing a section and a half of land, where he at present resides.  He is interested in blooded stock, having many fine jerseys, and two thoroughbred bulls.  He has an orchard of one thousand bearing trees, a large variety of small fruit trees, and, also, owns, in company with Dr. Whitney, a brick block in the city of Davenport.
     In 1881 Mr. Nicholls was married to Emma A. Edes, daughter of W. H. and Sophronia (Bigelow) Edes, natives of Maine.  Mr. and Mrs. Nicholls have two children, John R., and Myrtle.  Politically he is a Republican, and fraternally a member of the Loyal Americans, and the Order of Pendo.