Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FRANK A. BLOCK is one of the
men who have taken hold with their hands to make the reservation country,
which they opened in the fall of 1900, to blossom as the rose, and become
one of the most fruitful sections of Washington. His labors in this line
have met with good success, and his farm place, which lies three miles
southwest from Molson, shows evidence of thrift, industry, and prosperity.
Frank A. Block was born in Defiance county,
Ohio, on August 27, 1864, the son of George H. and Mary (Forest) Block,
natives also of the Buckeye state. The father served three months in the
Civil War, being then discharged on account of disability, which resulted
in his death in 1868. The mother's father, Jonathan Forest, was a brother
of General Nathan B. Forest. Our subject was one of three children, himself
the oldest; William B., an electrician in Spokane; Georgiana, wife of Charles
F. Speith, who owns the farm adjoining our subject's.
Frank A. was educated in the public schools,
after which he commenced working in a store, and followed this occupation
until 1890, when he came west to Nebraska. On November 28, 1889, he married
Miss Edith, daughter of David and Louisa (Person) Thompson, natives of
Ohio. Mrs. Block was born in Paulding county, Ohio, on February 6, 1867.
Her father was born in Cincinnati, and died August 10, 1893. The mother
had previously died in 1877. To this worthy couple, eight children have
been born, Mrs. Anna Hanenkratt, Stephen S., Ezra R., Ella, Mrs. Block,
Charles S., Amos and Clarence.
In February, 1890, Mr. Block and his wife
came to Stratton, Nebraska, and there farmed until 1894. In that year they
traveled by wagon to Alberta, Canada, and after one year returned, locating
at Phillipsburg, Montana. Later they went to Idaho, and then to Oregon,
and finally returned to Montana. It was in the spring of 1900, that Mr.
Block came to Republic, and in the fall of that year, he located his present
place. The farm is a good one, all fenced, and about one half in cultivation.
He has a house, barn, young orchard, and plenty of water, and also owns
some stock. Mr. and Mrs. Block have three children, Forest H., born April
12, 1891; Floyd, born July 13, 1892; Gladis E., born April 2, 1901.