Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HARRY VAN BRUNT, who resides
at Wauconda postoffice in 0kanogan county, is one of the thrifty and well-to-do
young men of the county. He is certainly making a very commendable showing,
in that he commenced four years ago with practically no property, and now
has a good holding, being one of the leading stock men of his vicinity.
Harry Van Brunt was born on November 28, 1868,
in Jasper county, Illinois, the son of John and Nancy G. (Britton) Van
Brunt, natives of Indiana. He grew up in Illinois, and in April, 1880,
started across the plains in wagons, with his parents. They made their
way direct to Spokane county, and the father settled near Cheney, being
one of the pioneers there. The mother died in the spring of 1883, and her
husband is still living on the old homestead. At the age of sixteen, our
subject began the conflict of life for himself, making his initial entry
in riding after stock in the Palouse and Big Bend countries. Later, he
came to Okanogan county and was teamster at the Indian school. On October
16, 1895, Mr. Van Brunt married Miss Annie Ingrim, who was born at Fort
Colville, in 1877. In June, 1896, Mr. Van Brunt made settlement on his
present place, which consists of two hundred and forty acres of first class
land. He has a fine timothy meadow, and the estate is well improved with
house, barn, outbuildings, and fences, and has plenty of good water. Mr.
Van Brunt started with a very few head of cattle that he was enabled to
pick up, and now has a large band of stock, being one of the heaviest stockholders
in this part of the country. To Mr. and Mrs.Van Brunt, three children have
been born, Ralph E., Grace M. and Henry R.