ROBERT RICHARD McCORKELL
Robert Richard McCorkell, who is engaged in breeding fine horses at Medical Lake, was born in Jones county, Iowa, April 30, 1861. His parents, Joseph and Mary Jane (Moore) McCorkell, were among the early settlers in that state, arriving there in 1841. The father's death occurred in 1910 but Mrs. McCorkell is still living.
Robert R. McCorkell acquired his education in the public schools of Des Moines, and was graduated from the high school of that city in 1882. Recognizing the wealth of resources in the soil of the west, and having the energy and ambition to enter a career in which he could succeed and win both material gain and personal satisfaction, he engaged in farming in his native state. After following this for three years he entered the grain business at Westfield, Iowa, and three years later removed to Akron, Iowa, where he was in business until 1903. In that year he came to Medical Lake and is now successfully engaged in breeding fine horses, this being an occupation which brings ample reward in a growing and rich country.
On the 13th of July, 1892, Mr. McCorkell married Miss Katherine Deull of Akron, Iowa. Mrs. McCorkell spent the greater part of her life before her marriage acquiring an education, first in the public schools of New York, then in the University of South Dakota from which institution she was graduated, and finally as a student at Cornell University. To Mr. and Mrs. McCorkell three children have been born: Roberta May and Bernice E., both students at Medical Lake high school, and Grace Irene, deceased.
Mr. McCorkell gives his political support to the democratic party, and has throughout his life been active in its circles. He has held the position of town clerk for five years and served as councilman for several terms. Fraternally he is associated with the Masonic order, being a member of the blue lodge, No. 102, A. F. & A. M., having served as its secretary for four years, in Freedom Lodge, No. 434, Iowa, and is a member of the Knights of Pythias, of which organization he is past chancellor. He also holds membership in the M. B. A., and the American Yeomen. He is a man of unusual ability, and industry, and these qualities are making him one of the prominent citizens of his community.
Taken From Illustrated History of Spokane County, WA by Durham.