John M. Murphy was born January 6, 1873. As a young man, he moved to the State of Washington and had a large farm in the Methune Valley in Central Washington. Here he had a lot of milk cows and a number of horses. He was somewhat successful and had a large farmhouse on the side of the hill.
While in Washington, he met and married Isabelle (Belle) Grant, a former school teacher from the Alaskan territory. Belle was originally from Scotland, having come to the United States at age seven or eight. For a time, he was County Sherriff of Arkanagen [Okanogan] County, and later had a grocery store in the Seattle area. Though they had no children of their own, both loved children, showing special fondness for his sister Catherine's children [Catherine was my great grandmother]. They also had an orphan boy named Howard who lived with them for a time. John died in 1932 at age 59 [he died 19 May 1929 at age 56].
Many years later , when she was 66, Belle married John Grant [James J. Grant], a former railroad man. She and John Grant had been on the same boat from Scotland as children [Isabella was 6 and John was 13], but had never known each other until they were widow and widower. After her second marriage, she became liberated: she learned to drive at age 68 and learned to swim! (written by Johnee' M. Bartlett - 1982)