Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HIRAM A. HUNTLEY is one of the
brave men who hazarded their lives to save the Union. His war record
is one in which he may take pardonable pride and will be mentioned later
in this article. At the present time he has a good standing among the prosperous
farmers and stock raisers of Okanogan county and resides five miles southwest
of Anglin post office in what is now known as Chewelah valley.
Hiram A. Huntley was born in Machias, Maine,
on August 5, 1848, the son of John and Ellen (Robinson) Huntley. The father
was a native of Halifax and came to Maine when a young man. He soon went
to sea, later became captain and followed that life until his death, in
1872. The mother was born in Maine and her ancestors were all seafaring
people. Eight children were born to this union, two of whom, our subject
and Fanny M., a milliner in Boston, are the only ones now living.
Hiram A. grew to manhood in Maine and there
received his education. In the fall of 1863, being then a mere lad, he
enlisted in Company C, Thirty-first Maine Infantry and was soon plunged
in the terrors of battle. He participated in the struggles at Petersburg,
Cold Harbor, Shenandoah, Richmond, and others. He was under General Hancock
and although he was in the most severe fights of the war, he was never
wounded. He was mustered out at Portland, Maine, at the end of the struggle
and is now a member of the G. A. R., Sedgwick Post, No. 8, of Spokane.
Following his martial life, Mr. Huntley took up the livery business in
his native place.
On April 19, 1869, he married Miss Laura,
daughter of Christopher and Clarissa (Hadley) Cole, and a native of Maine.
Mr. Cole was born in the city of Halifax, and followed lumbering all his
life, until he retired from business. He was a very prominent man in the
state and is now living on the old homestead in Hadley. His wife was born
in Maine, and died in 1865. Our subject came to California in 1875, and
engaged in the hotel business in San Francisco. Later he took up sawmilling
in Humboldt county, and in 1881 came to Walla Walla. He went thence to
the Wood river mines and in 1884, landed in Spokane. Two years later he
went to British Columbia and assisted in the discovery of the mines at
camp McKinley. After this, he located at Ruby and did mining and also operated
a hotel there. Next, we see him at Grand Forks, British Columbia, in the
general merchandise business. Four years later, on October 10, 1900, he
located his present place, which is a good estate. It is about half in
cultivation and is supplied with residence, large barn, plenty of water
and a good orchard. To Mr. and Mrs. Huntley, one child, Leone C., was born,
March 28, 1884.