John Wesley McGhee, Jr

John Wesley McGhee, Jr

Waitsburg, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA
Death 7 Mar 1942 (aged 75)
Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA
Burial Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA
Plot WALLA-OF-9-14-6
Memorial ID 70812168 · View Source
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JOHN W. McGHEE, Jr. -- A son of Walla Walla county, and one whose career has been such as to reflect credit upon the valley in which he was born, the subject of this brief biographical review is especially deserving of representation in a work of this character. His parents, John W. and Rachel (Whiteaker) McGhee, were old pioneers of the valley, residing on the Coppei three miles south of Waitsburg, and on the parental farm our subject was born, the date being February 11, 1867.

He acquired his education in the local public schools, in Waitsburg Academy, in Whitman College and in the Empire Business College of Walla Walla. Upon retiring from the last named institution he entered the office of the Fidelity Abstract Company, by which he was engaged for a short time, after which he entered the employ of the Washington Loan and Trust Company, of whose bookkeeping he had charge for about three years thereafter. He resigned in 1892 to accept a position as deputy county treasurer, under H. H. Hungate.

In the Democratic convention of 1894 Mr. McGhee was one of the candidates for nomination for the office of county treasurer, and he proved to be the choice of his party, but was defeated in the Republican landslide which followed, his opponent, however, receiving a majority of only ninety-seven votes. The ensuing year he was appointed receiver of the Walla Walla Savings bank, and he continued to discharge his duties as such until the affairs of the bank were settled. In the campaign of 1898 he was again the nominee of his party for the county treasurership, and this time his candidacy was successful.

The Republicans were almost universally victorious in that election, but the fact that Mr. McGhee ran two hundred votes ahead of his ticket speaks volumes for the esteem and confidence in which he is held among the people of his native valley. He has given his entire energies to the faithful discharge of the duties of his office ever since the county's books were first placed in his hands, proving true to this, as he had to every other trust reposed in him by the people.

Mr. McGhee was also treasurer of the city of Walla Walla from 1896 to 1898. Our subject is a prominent Odd Fellow, his membership being in Washington Lodge, No. 19, of which he is recording secretary, and in Walla Walla Encampment, No. 3. He also belongs to the Royal Arcanum.

Source: Lyman's History of Old Walla Walla County (1918) (Public Domain)
Vol 1 Page 292
Author: William Denison Lyman, 1852-1920
History; Columbia County (Wash.)
Publisher: Chicago, Ill., S.J. Clarke Publishing Company
Washington State Death Records

Image Number: 1940
Name: John W. Mcghee
Date Of Death: 7 Mar 1942
Age: 75
Gender: Male
Father Name: John Mcghee
Mother Name: Rachal Whitaker
Death Place: Walla Walla, Walla Walla Co., WA
Spouse Name: Lucille

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  • Created by: Arthur Allen Moore III
  • Added: 3 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70812168
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Wesley McGhee, Jr (11 Feb 1867–7 Mar 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70812168, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Arthur Allen Moore III (contributor 46828136) .