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

     JOHN I. HONE is a leading farmer and merchant of the reservation portion of Okanogan county.  The postoffice of Bonaparte is in his store and his farm lies a little southwest therefrom.
     John I. Hone was born on December 4, 1859, in Allegany county, Maryland, the son of John P. Hone, a native of Pennsylvania, and a prominent educator of his day.  He died in Delaware, Ohio, some time since.  He had married Mary E. Browning, a native of Maryland, among whose ancestors was the noted hunter, Masech Browning, and the poet, Robert Browning.  She died in Spokane, having been the mother of eight children, Charles F., Mrs. Mary Gannon, Mrs. Martha J. Wilson, Anna C., our subject, Mrs. Josephine Long, Dennis and Rosa.  After receiving his educational training our subject, at the age of eighteen, went to work on the construction of railroads.  On January 9, 1881, he married Miss Agnes C. Riley, whose father, Michael Riley, was one of the first to cross the plains in 1849.  Later he went to Australia, then returned to San Francisco, where he died.  In the fall of 1881 the wife of Mr. Hone died at Atlanta Iowa, whither they had moved.  He returned to Ohio soon after this sad event, then went to Illinois, and in 1883 came to Spokane, where he engaged in the livery business on Main avenue.  He was also interested in the lumber business at Chattaroy and did some freighting to Okanogan county.  In 1891 Mr. Hone went to Corning, Ohio, where on November 11 of that year he married Miss Alice, daughter of Morgan and Mary (Haughran) Curran, natives of Ohio.  Mrs. Hone was born in Perry county, Ohio, on February 28, 1861, and her father was a discoverer of the famous oil wells and was a prominent machinist, being in business yet.  Her mother is also still living.  They were the parents of twelve children, those of whom are living are named as follows, Mrs. Hone, Peter, Charles, George, Edward and Rose.  After his marriage, Mr. Hone returned to Spokane and took up the livery business and also operated a farm on Peone prairie.  In the spring of 1900 he moved to Brewster and as soon as the reservation opened, took his present farm, which lies one mile southwest of Bonaparte.  He also opened his store and has done first-class business in general merchandise since.  Mrs. Hone is postmistress and operates the store largely, while Mr. Hone devotes himself to the farm.  In addition to this property they own a fine farm on Peone prairie and a nine room dwelling on Nora avenue, in Spokane.  Mr. Hone freights a good deal of his merchandise from various places and is a very active, industrious man.  Six children have been born to them, named as follows, Mark F., Mary A., Frances H., Nora E., deceased, Rose G. and Margaret J.  Mr. and Mrs. Hone are both members of the Catholic church and are good people.