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.
PETER WALSH. Before Lincoln
county was organized, the gentleman of whom we now have the pleasure to
speak, had made his home in the territory now embraced within its precincts.
He took a homestead about two miles northeast from Reardan and devoted
himself to farming. Realizing the great future of this country he
continued to hold his land although he took numerous journeys to other
sections. In 1888 he went to Summit county, Colorado, and engaged
in mining and sawmilling. For several years, he followed this industry
but finally in 1893, came back to the old homestead, which he considers
one of the choice places of the county. Mr. Walsh has given his attention
to farming since returning here and is now one of the prosperous and well-to-do
men, highly respected and of excellent standing in the community.
Peter Walsh was born in Depere, Wisconsin,
in June, 1853, being the son of James and Ella (Dollard) Walsh, natives
of Ireland and now deceased. The father followed gardening in Wisconsin
until his death. Our subject received his education in his native
state and then was apprenticed to learn the wagonmaker's trade. He
followed this until he was twenty-four years of age then journeyed west
to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and there wrought at his trade until 1882, the year
in which he settled on his present homestead. Mr. Walsh is one of
a family of four; Michael, living in California; Peter, the subject of
this sketch; Patrick, living at Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Mary McDonald,
living in Wisconsin. In addition to the farm, Mr. Walsh owns a residence
and other property in Reardan. He has never seen fit to try the uncertainties
of the matrimonial sea but is contented with the quieter joys of the celibatarian.