L.N. Pershall was born in Marion County, Iowa, in 1863 and came with his parents to Mills County, Iowa in 1872. At the age of 19 years, he came west locating near Dayton, Wash., remaining here one year, then returning to Iowa, where he was married to May Utterback in 1885, going to Broken Bow, Neb., to reside. He came from Nebraska to Chelan in April, 1890, and has resided in this valley since. At the present time owns an orchard tract at Minneapolis Beach.

-Chelan Valley Mirror August 30, 1928

August 18, 1892

A valued correspondent sent the following news items from the head of the lake by steamer Saturday:

The following parties went up to Horseshoe Basin this week: Capt. Johnson, A.T. Greene of Waterville, Charles Abercrombie, Stewart Johnson, Ed Larrabee, Joseph Darnell, W. Henry and son Dan, Mr. Kingman and Alson Hole.

M.E. Field, proprietor of the Hotel Arganaut, is finishing up his hostelry in very elegant and luxurious style, and when it is completed, we can rightfully boast of having the best hotel in the county. It will be first-class in every particular.

J.F. Samson and Lloyd Pershall came down from Horseshoe Basin Sunday, bringing some fine ore specimens to be assayed, returning Friday to finish their assessment work.

Misses Lizzie Cavanaugh and Anne Underwood are now occupying the neat little residence belonging to Mr. Roberts, formerly of this place.

Mrs. Capt. Johnson, of Chelan and Mrs. Greene, of Waterville, were guests of Miss Cavanaugh Thursday and Friday. Mrs. J.F. Samson has united with the firm of Cavanaugh and Underwood and will remain until the termination of Miss Cavanaugh’s school. Mrs. C.C. Campbell, of Chelan, is also visiting the above-named firm.

Mrs. Charles Cole is on the sick list.

Donald Ferguson, then whom no one in this community is more highly respected and esteemed, thoroughly established his reputation last Sunday as a brilliant schemer, by dragging a fine large trout from the river with a rock tied to its tail. He is suspicioned of inventing this mode of anchoring fish in order to pose before his eastern friends as a successful fisherman, but it didn’t work in this instance.

Mr. Ferguson took a party of capitalists and mining experts up to Horseshoe Basin this week. To say they were well pleased with the outload is putting it mild. They said it greatly exceeded their anticipations.

June 10, 1904


One of the most pleasant outings so far this season, was the excursion to the head of the lake on the steamer Swan on Thursday last. A large, merry party headed by the Chelan Cornet Band on pleasure bent, had a most enjoyable trip. The weather was ideal and the trip up the lake was enlivened by inspiring music. On arrival at the head of the lake, the ever-genial host, Hon. M.E. Field just turned over his house to the party. In the evening the young people had an informal dance, and all are loud in their praise of Mr. and Mrs. Field for the manner in which they were entertained and feel like expressing their thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Field, and also to Messers Pershall and Pershall, the owners of the steamer Swan. “May we all be able to go again,” is the unanimous sentiment of the excursionists.

—The Chelan Band

August 12, 1904

After running the steamer Swan for a little over three months, Messers. Pershall and Pershall have discontinued the run of that boat. Mr. Lloyd Pershall informed the Leader that for fear they could not make the boat in paying proposition it was thought best to tie up after Monday’s run down, which was done. He further stated that they lost no money and would break even.