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 P. O'FARRELL, city marshal of Davenport, Lincoln county, deputy sheriff, and secret service man, first came to the city nearly eighteen years ago.  He was born in Atchison, Kansas, March 2, 1856, the son of John and Catherine Spellman, natives of Ireland.  They came to the United States when quite young, and lived in Boston until their marriage.  They removed to Kansas in 1856, where the father now resides.  The mother passed away in 1874.  They were the parents of nine children, three of whom survive: Edward, in Flagstaff, Arizona; Katie, living with her father; and John P., the subject of this sketch.
     The latter received his elementary education in a log school house in Pottawatomie county, Kansas.  At the age of seventeen he left school and carried a hod for his father, who was a plasterer, and when twenty years old he was appointed on the police force of Kansas City, Missouri.  Subsequently he was appointed deputy sheriff of Pottawatomie county, serving eight years under four different sheriffs.  He was elected assessor, serving two years, and in 1886 came to Sprague, Washington, where he was appointed deputy sheriff, and rounded up a party of horse thieves.  In 1877 he came to Davenport, Lincoln county, where he served as deputy sheriff until 1890, when he was elected marshal of the city, which position he still holds.  He has served under Sheriffs Reardan, Donahue, Gardner, and Inkster.  He participated in the capture of the notorious desperado, Tracey, but refused to share in the reward offered by the governors of Oregon and Washington.
     October 17, 1895, our subject was united in marriage to Mary Davis, daughter of John and Ann Davis, natives of Wales.  Politically Mr. O'Farrell is a Republican, and takes an active interest in the campaigns of his party.  He is a member of the Elks, has passed through the chairs of Davenport Lodge, No. 64, I. O. O. F., and is a member of Davenport Post, No. 44, F. O. A., having gone through the chairs there also.  May 14, 1903, he was elected supreme representative at Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1900 he was deputy grand chief during six months.  Mr. O'Farrell is a member of the Catholic church.  He is a man of great force of character, progressive and public spirited, and in the community in which he resides he is highly esteemed.