Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
RICHARD WAGLAY resides about
two and one-half miles southeast from Twisp and is engaged in general farming
and stock raising. He is one of the pioneers of the Methow region
and has devoted many years to honest toil and endeavor to open this country
to the ingress of civilization. Like the early ones who blazed the
trail to the fastnesses of the various regions of the west, Mr. Waglay
has been called on to endure great hardships and do much arduous labor,
while deprivations, that great stimulus of pioneer activity, have been
met with the fortitude and patience that has won and is sure to lead one
to boundless success.
Richard Waglay was born in Red River county,
Texas, on September 27, 1861, the son of Abraham A. and Priscilla C. (Montgomery)
Waglay, farmers and pioneers of the great state of Texas. For seventeen
years, our subject remained with his parents, gaining, meanwhile, the training
to be had from the public schools. Then he stepped forth from the
parental roof to do for himself in the wide world. For seven years
he was engaged in farming in the vicinity of his nativity. After
that he journeyed to Washington and located first in the Kittitas valley.
Two years later, he found his way to the Methow country and located his
present place, to the improvement of which, with general farming and raising
stock, he has devoted himself assiduously since. He took land by
squatter's right and filed in 1896. One half of the farm is well
adapted to raising alfalfa and the improvements show the skill and wisdom
of the owner. He handles about fifty head of cattle each year and
is successful in this important industry.
Mr. Waglay is a member of the Order of Washington.
The seductive charms of matrimonial life have never allured Mr. Waglay
from the enjoyable retirement of celibacy, and the blissful voyage on those
seas is still his to participate in.