Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
DANIEL S. GAMBLE, who is proprieter
of the Hotel Gamble at Brewster, is one of the leading business men of
the Okanogan county and is well known in this portion of Washington.
He is proprietor of one of the finest hotels in this part of the state
and has labored steadily and with telling results in building up Brewster
and the surrounding country. In 1898 Mr. Gamble was engaged in the
hotel business at Brewster, beginning business in a small house, which
was enlarged from time to time until he now has an elegant three story
structure eighty feet deep, with a frontage of seventy-six feet.
It has forty sleeping apartments, in addition to a spacious dining room,
sample room, office, kitchen and so forth. The rooms are large and
light and the building is handled in a first-class manner. Mr. Gamble
has supplied his hotel with a private water system that gives an abundance
of water to all parts of the house. As a host he is affable and genial
and a favorite with the traveling public.
Daniel S. Gamble was born in Colchester county,
Nova Scotia, on February 16, 1867, the son of Robert and Deborah (Reed)
Gamble, natives of the same place, and where they still live, aged seventy-four
and sixty-eight respectively. They were the parents of seven children:
Mrs. Malinda Muhe, deceased; Daniel S., our subject; John, deceased; Martha,
deceased: Joseph; Charles; Chesley R. All of those living are in
Nova Scotia, except our subject. From the common schools of his home
place Mr. Gamble received his education and learned the trade of carpenter
and builder during his youth. In 1885 he came to Lansing, Michigan, whence
one year later he went to Oakland, California, and labored in the bridge
construction department of the Southern Pacific for five years. In
the spring of 1890 he accepted a position with the San Francisco Bridge
Company, and later came to this state. Here he did contracting and
building. He put in the Ferry at Virginia City and Chelan Falls and
operated the Virginia City ferry, just below Bridgeport. He also
bought and sold horses. In 1898, as stated above, Mr. Gamble entered
the hotel business and has made good success of it since that time.
On February 18, 1896, Mr. Gamble married Miss
Cora May, daughter of Stephen C. and Ursula Munson, natives of Maine and
pioneers to California in the early fifties. In 1885 the family came
to Okanogan county, where Mr. and Mrs. Munson both died. Mrs. Gamble
was born in California on October 7, 1877, and has two sisters, Mrs. Joseph
Hilton and Mrs. Annie L. Walton. Two children have been born to Mr.
and Mrs. Gamble, Martha U., aged four and Cyril H., aged two. Mr.
Gamble was one of the first to settle where Brewster now is and has ever
been active in building up the town and for the general welfare of the