Contributed by Gay Wickersham Davis, Ph.D., Kitsap Peninsula
James Wickersham, a stone and brick mason at Waitsburg, is a native of Ohio, born November 16, 1832. He acquired a common-school education and learned his trade there, then went to Iowa, where he worked as a journeyman until the fall of 1865. He then went east to central Kansas, bought a farm of one hundred acres one and one-half miles east of Ottawa, the county seat of Franklin county, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and contracting. While there he was quite prominent locally, holding the positions of township trustee and assessor for a period of five years. After farming there steadily for more than a score of years he, in the spring of 1888, came to Waitsburg, where for half a decade he was engaged in the dual occupation of farming and merchandising. In 1892 Mr. Wickersham sold both his farm and his store, and purchased a half interest in the Waitsburg planing mill, but he afterwards sold this also and returned to the pursuit of his trade. He took a trip east in the fall of 1899, visiting the old home place and eating apples from the trees he had himself planted in 1849. Though quite well advanced in life, Mr. Wickersham is so well preserved that he is able to hold his own with the average man on a brick or stone wall.
Submitted to the Walla Walla County WAGENWEB.