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.

     JOSEPH THORNBRUE, who died at his home near Mondovi, June 23, 1902, was one of the best known pioneers, not only of Lincoln county, but of the state of Washington, having arrived in the state in the fall of 1879.  With his wife and family he crossed the plains by wagon from Osage county, Kansas, to Almota, on the Snake river, Washington, and during the spring following the fall of their arrival came to Lincoln county, settling first on Spring creek, north of where Reardan now stands.  They were the first white settlers on the creek, and almost the first in that section of the country.  Mr. Thornbrue took a homestead here, upon which the family lived until November, 1892, when they purchased the present home of the family, where Mr. Thornbrue spent his declining years.
     Joseph Thornbrue was born December 10, 1834, in Coles county, Illinois.  He received a common school education, learned the carpenter's trade, and at an early age removed to Bremer county, Iowa.  He was the son of Asahel and Rebecca Thornbrue, both of Pennsylvania German descent.  He was married June 30, 1853, to Julia A. McCain, a native of Indiana, born March 15, 1834, who at the time of her marriage was a resident of Bremer county.  Nine children blessed this union, seven of whom survive the father, as does Mrs. Thornbrue.  Her parents were Delana and Micha (Choat) McCain.  Her grandfathers' James McCain and Samuel Choat, saw service respectively in the Revolution and the War of 1812.
     After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Thornbrue removed to Jefferson county, Kansas, and from Jefferson county to Osage county, this being their final move before embarking upon their journey across the plains.
     The subject of our sketch enlisted October 16, 1864, in the Fifteenth Iowa regular infantry, and throughout his service was in the army under command of General W. T. Sherman, and with that great soldier participated in the battle of Savannah, the famous march to the sea, and the grand review at Washington, D. C., immediately after the war; he was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa.
     The children of whom Mr. and Mrs. Thornbrue have been parents are: Elijah H.; John D.; Charles A.; Mrs. Emma Stinsman; Mrs. Addie Young; Mrs. Anna Stanley, who died April 3, 1903; Joseph N.; and George A.  Elijah H. is now in Los Angeles, California; Charles of Creston, Mrs. Stinsman, and the two last mentioned, of Springdale, and Mrs. Young is the wife of a Methodist minister of Portland, Oregon.  Mrs. Thornbrue has been grandmother of thirty-two grandchildren, twenty-nine of whom are living; and great-grandmother of one.
     Mr. Thornbrue was a thorough pioneer, having been born and reared, and having lived his life upon the frontier.  He was well used to the trials and hardships, as well as the joys, of the pathfinder and plainsman.
     He was a member of W. H. Bently post, G. A. R., of Reardan, and a lifelong and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mrs. Thornbrue also has been a member of this church  since girlhood.
     The home of the family comprises one hundred and sixty acres of good agricultural land, well improved, well watered, and furnished with neat and modern buildings, choice orchard, etc.  It is one of the most desirable farms in the Big Bend.