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

     JOHN McDONALD resides about five miles east from Oroville on an estate of two hundred and forty acres.  He is one of the earliest settlers in the Okanogan region and is well known throughout the entire section.  At the present time, Mr. McDonald devotes himself to general farming, raising stock, and mining.  He has met with good success in his endeavors and has accumulated a good property.
     John McDonald was born, in Glengarry county, Canada, on August 24, 1843, the son of John and Jennie (McArthur) McDonald, natives of Scotland and Canada, respectively. The father was a shoemaker and came to Canada when a child.  He died in 1876, aged sixty.  The mother is still living at the old homestead, aged eighty-three.  Mr. McDonald contemplates a trip in the very near future to visit his aged mother.  He was educated in the public schools of Glengarry county, and there remained until 1871, when he came to Wisconsin.  Four years later he went thence to Nevada and California and mined in different camps.  In 1877, we find Mr. McDonald in the Fraser river region and soon he was washing the gravel on the north fork of the Thompson river near Kamloops.  He was forced to endure much hardship and trying times in these mining venures and in 1879, he came down to the Okanogan country.  Few white men were in the country and "Okanogan Smith," Al Thorps, Billy Granger, and our subject were the full quota for a time.  They mined and sought game for food and packed other supplies from Walla Walla on cayuses.  Those days of canoe ferrys, swimming horses, and so forth were trying times and a glimpse at them shows some of the hardships of frontier life.  Mr. McDonald came into the country with one horse, but now, owing to his wisely bestowed labors and thrift, he is possessed of a goodly holding of property.  His farm is well improved and produces abundance of general crops with much alfalfa and timothy for stock
     In 1881, Mr. McDonald married an Indian maiden, named Jennie, and they have pleasantly threaded the pilgrim way together since and are now prosperous and substantial citizens.
     Mr. McDonald was one of the locators of the Six Eagles mines and is now one of the stockholders of this promising property.