Wolverton Family Genealogy Forum
An Illustrated History of Spokane County, Washington State, 1900, pages 379 and 380.
ALBERT P. WOLVERTON, a dealer in real estate and mining properties, 304 Fernwell block, was born in Polk county, Oregon, September 17, 1855. He was raised there on a farm, and followed that occupation until he was twenty-four years old, when he took a college course and graduated from the scientific department of the Monmouth College. In 1880 he came to Spokane and looked over the situation, then purchased a fifty-six foot lot, where the Holland block now stands, for three hundred and fifty dollars. February 22, 1882, he and his brother, William M., put in a stock of hardware in a two-story brick block, 30 x 60 feet, where the Wolverton block now stands. This was the first brick block put up in this city. After two years A. P. sold to his brother, and two years later purchased the property and organized the Spokane Hardware Company, of which he was manager for two years, when he sold out because of ill health. In March, 1884, he and M. Conlan brought one hundred and fifty-five acres and platted Wolverton & Conlan's addition. Mr. Wolverton put up the Temple Court block in 1889, also the Grand Central Hotel, and several residences. He was on of the original stockholders of the Ross Park Street Railway, and assisted in every way possible in the building up of the city. He is a member of Imperial Lodge, No. 134, and Unique Encampment, No. 32, I. O. O. F. During the campaign of 1896 he served as chairman of the Silver Republican party. He was married in Albany, Oregon, March 14, 1888, to Lula, daughter of Lewis and Amelia Miller, born in New York state. They have had three children-Van Albert and Margaret, living, and Vernice, deceased.
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