Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JAMES 0. BURDETT is deputy sheriff in Okanogan county and resides at Conconully.  He owns a fine large estate in the Okanogan valley, at the mouth of Loop Loop creek.  It is well improved and returns fine dividends in crops and stock.
     James 0. Burdett was born in Mason county, Ohio, on July 3, 1868, the son of Joshua and Louisa (Hannes) Burdett, natives of Ohio.  The father died in West Virginia in May, 1901, aged ninety-three, and the mother died in Marion, Ohio, in November, 1902, aged seventy-one.  Our subject has one brother, William S., of Marion county, Ohio.  When James 0. was six years old, the family went to West Virginia, and he remained there with his parents until 1885, in which year he traveled to Buffalo Gap, South Dakota.  He did railroad work there two years and then went to Cheyenne, Wyoming, after which he went to New Mexico and was foreman in the construction department of the Denver and Fort Worth railroad.  After this Mr. Burdett returned to Ohio and was second master on a river boat until December, 1890, when he went to Bear river, Utah, and was foreman in the construction of a large canal.  Later, he was in the same capacity on different canals in the vicinity of Boise, Idaho.  Next we see him handling men on the grades of the Great Northern at Bonners Ferry.  He also operated for that company at Hillyard, there being no houses at that point then.  Through the Big Bend country he also contracted on the same railroad.  After this he freighted from Coulee City to the Cascades and in 1892 brought fruit into Conconully.  He bought a ranch near Oroville but soon sold it and bought his present place of over three hundred acres.  Mr. Burdett was deputy sheriff under H. H. Nickell, and has also served in other official capacities in the county.
     On November 7,1895, Mr. Burdett married Miss Zone, daughter of James and Margaret Mason, who are now wealthy citizens of Taylor county, Iowa.