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

     JOHN HANCOCK has spent the major portion of his life under the occidental stars, having been brought hither when he was four years of age.  He is now one of the respected and influential residents of the Methow valley and has made a good success in general farming and raising stock.
     John Hancock was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, on September 6, 1848, the son of Charles and Elizabeth J. (Saunders) Hancock.  In 1852 the family took the weary trip across the plains and in due time landed at the mouth of Sandy river in the Willamette valley, only to be met by the monster death, who snatched from the little group the father and support.  The widowed mother made her way to Oregon City and there later married Samuel Waldron.  They settled on a farm about six miles south from Oregon City.  Young Hancock remained with his parents until sixteen, gaining his educational training from the early schools of that vicinity.  Then he enlisted in Company E, First Oregon Infantry, and was stationed with his company at Fort Colville until the discharge of the Volunteers in 1865.  A short visit to the Willamette valley and then Mr. Hancock sought gold at Auburn until 1873, when he went to handling a quartz mill in Gem City, Union county, Oregon.  Two years later, we find him in Seattle whence he went, after one winter's stay, to Walla Walla and operated a saw mill engine.  Later he accepted a position as engineer on the Walla Walla & Columbia railroad and drove the first engine that pulled freight into Walla Walla.  One year in that capacity and he took charge of the shops at Whitman.  Next we find him near Rock Lake in Whitman county where be farmed and raised stock for about eight years.  In 1896, Mr. Hancock bought the place where he now resides, about seven miles southeast from Twisp on Fraser creek.  He has a good farm and raises considerable hay and handles one hundred head of stock each year.  The farm is well improved, with orchard, buildings, fences, and so forth, while in his labors he has been abundantly prospered.
     At Gem City, Mr. Hancock married Miss Julia Elliott, in 1872.  Her parents are both dead.  Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hancock; Clarence, the first child born in Gem City; Arthur, married and living in this valley; John, Ella, Ivy and Myrtle, twins.  Little Myrtle, the pride of the home was called hence by death on Thanksgiving day, 1903.