Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
WILLIAM E. GRANT, of the firm
of Martin and Grant, is a prominent and successful attorney at Loomis,
Washington. His partner, Mr. Martin, is established at Davenport
and they do a large business throughout central and northern Washington.
In addition to a general law business, the firm own a number of valuable
mining properties and are causing them to be developed in first class shape.
William E. Grant was born in Uniontown, Kansas,
on November 25, 1865. His father, Dr. John E. Grant, a native of
Iowa, was a graduate of the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati.
During the Civil War he was regiment surgeon under General Lane, but afterwards
was post surgeon. After that struggle, he bought the land where Uniontown
now stands. He married Miss Louisa Mounce, a native of Kentucky.
The wedding occurred at Fort Scott, Kansas, whither Mr. Grant's father
had come, being driven from Kentucky on account of his strong Union principles.
To this union four children have been born; our subject, the eldest; Mrs.
Sarah E. Hardman, deceased; Mrs. Bessie Taylor, of Grand Junction, Colorado;
and Andrew, an attorney at Harrington, Washington. In 1867, Dr. Grant
went to Baxter Springs, Kansas, and three years later to Joplin, Missouri.
In 1877 he came to Galena, Kansas, and bought an estate where he made his
home until the time of his death, that event being caused by a runaway
team in his sixty-first year. He was a very prominent physician and
beloved by all. His widow is living with a granddaughter at Grand
Junction, Colorado. After completing his primary education, our subject
graduated from the Baptist college, at Bolivar, Missouri, then studied
medicine one year with his father; but not finding that to his taste, in
1888 came to Montana and engaged in mining. Later he came to Spokane,
taught at Sprague and various other places, then for a time was the editor
of the Ritzville Mail, the Sprague Mail, and the Lincoln
Mirror. During this period he gave his attention to studying
law under the direction of Judge N. T. Caton and H. N. Martin. In
1900 he was admitted to the bar and immediately formed a partnership with
H. N. Martin, of Davenport. Being desirous of continuing his mining
operations he established himself at Loomis as before stated.
0n March 10, 1902, Mr. Grant married
Susie Fruit, a native of Walla Walla. Her father, Guy Fruit, was
born on the old Hudson's Bay Company's ranch near Walla Walla, and is now
in the shipping business at Kalispel, Montana. He married Josephine
Johnson, also a native of Walla Walla. Mr. Grant is past master of
the I. 0. 0. F., a member of the W. W., and the Rebekahs, and vice-president
of the F. 0. E.
The acumen and keen discrimination possessed
by Mr. Grant as well as the excellent fortification in legal training that
he has secured for himself by painstaking and careful research, amply fit
him for the position which he occupies and he is enabled in a most successful
manner to handle the rapidly increasing patronage which he has drawn to
himself. He is one of the strong lawyers in central Washington and
has the confidence of all who know him.