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

     JOHN M. PITMAN, one of the best known men in Okanogan county, is now serving his second term as county treasurer, having been elected both times on the Democratic ticket, the second majority being much the larger.  He is a man of uprightness and integrity and is the center of a large circle of friends.
     John M. Pitman was born in Jackson county, Missouri, on September 17, 1849, the son of Azariah J. and Louisa (Savage) Pitman, both natives of Missouri.  The father took a freighting trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1849, and had some hard times with hostile Indians.  Upon his return, Dr. Savage, his wife's father, was ready to start across the plains, so he prepared for the trip and they set out in the spring of 1850.  The mother was said to be dying of the consumption when they started, and the phyician said she would never cross the plains.  She did, and is now in her seventy-fourth year, living a retired life with her husband in Salem, Oregon.  He is seventy-seven, well preserved, and hearty for one of his age.  Our subject is the oldest of ten children and the only son.  Three of the sisters are deceased.  He was educated in the Willamette valley, where his parents located, being turned from their intention of going to California.  He completed his training in the McMinville College.  In 1861, when the family were living in the Willamette bottoms there came a flood and the steamboat took them from the roof of their house.  They lost all their property.  Later they removed to Klicktitat county, Washington, and there remained until 1901, when the parents removed to Salem, where they now reside.  Our subject went into business in Klickitat county, but failed and went bankrupt.  Following this, in the fall of 1887, he came to Okanogan county and went to mining.  In 1892 he went back to Klickitat county and paid all his debts, although they were all outlawed.  He has been universally known since as "Honest John," on account of this excellent action.
     In 1876 Mr. Pitman married Miss Emma T. Gubser, in Washington county, Oregon.  Her parents were natives of Switzerland and came to Iowa, whence in the fifties they crossed the plains to Oregon, where both died.  Mrs. Pitman was the youngest of twelve children.  Three children were born to this union, two of whom died from the effects of scarlet fever when infants, and the other, Emma Lorena, is living with our subject now.  Mrs. Pitman died in May, 1886.  In October, 1890, Mr. Pitman married Mrs. Emily E. Borst, who was born while her parents were crossing the Atlantic from England to the United States.  Her father, Mr. Kellard, was a major in the English army.  Mrs. Pitman made two trips across the ocean with her parents and finally came west from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to this county.  Mr. Pitman entered a homestead five miles north from Loomis, and has devoted considerable attention to its improvement, having now a fine property.  In addition to this he has mining property in this state and also in British Columbia.  Mr. Pitman is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., and the W. W. His parents are devout members of the Baptist church.  He and his first wife belonged to the Presbyterian church, while Mrs. Pitman now belongs to the Methodist church.  They are highly respected people and have won for themselves the esteem and confidence of all who may have the pleasure of their acquaintance.