Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
MICHAEL MALONEY is one of the
pioneers of Okanogan county and has shown his skill and wisdom in that
while he came here with limited means, he has gained a nice property, both
in landed estate and in stock. His farm lies about thirteen miles
southeast from Conconully, in Spring canyon, and is a good piece of land.
It is improved in good shape and shows that the proprietor is no novice
in handling an estate and in raising stock.
Michael Maloney was born in Ontario, Canada,
on December 6, 1859, the son of Timothy and Betsey (Wylie) Maloney, both
now deceased. Michael lived on a farm until he was sixteen years
old. He then tried his hand at lumbering on the Ottowa river, which
occupation he followed four years. He came to Deadwood, South Dakota,
in 1879, and there remained for two years mining and prospecting.
After that, he went to Miles City, Montana, and then prospected in the
Yellowstone valley, worked on the Northern Pacific, later went to the Gallatin
river, Montana, then to Anaconda, in that state. It was in 1888 that
Mr. Maloney came to Okanogan county. He mined a little during the
first two years and he has engaged in prospecting off and on ever since.
His brother, Ted, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work, was here for
one year previous to the date our subject came. Ted had bought a
ranch in Okanogan county previous to Michael's arrival and the brothers
owned the place jointly, Michael later buying his brother's interest, and
here he has devoted himself to stock raising since. He has the place well
improved, but spends most of his time with his brother, since he has not
yet left the realms of the jolly bachelor to try the uncertain seas of
matrimony. The farm produces an abundance of hay for the stock and
is well watered for irrigating purposes. Mr. Maloney's farm is one
of the choicest ones of the county and it is handled in a very becoming
In addition to his property mentioned, he
also has some very promising mining property which bids fair to soon become
one of the valuable shippers of the county.