DescriptionIn March of 1896, Eugene Enloe was accused of foul play in the connection with the death of one Hugh Gillighan, who died at Medical Lake with no will, no relatives, and over $12,000 of assets. A letter sent to the Spokesman-Review protested the appointment of Eugene Enloe as adminstrator for the dead man, accusing Enloe of having burned the dead man's papers and alleging that the deceased had an outstanding note against Enloe for $2,000.
The letter, an apparent forgery, was written in a scrawling hand and the 23 signatures attached had evidently been written by a single person. One name, that of Dr. J. M. Semple, superintendent of the Medical Lake asylum, was immediately discounted by Semple in this reply, "I thank you for sending the communication purporting to be a petition to the court concerning Mr. Eugene Enloe. The writer had no authority to use my name, and I presume many, if not all, of the other sugnatures are forgeries. Mr. Enloe has evidently incurrred the spite of some one who is blind to the danger of attaching the names of others, without their knowledge or consent, to libelous article of that kind."
Eugene Enloe lived most of his life in Medical Lake, a little town hoping for the boom. Starting as a baker, branching into merchantile, then capitalizing in electricity, real estate, railroads, and cement, Enloe invested his money well. In 1926, Enloe purchased the Patrick Clark residence in Browne's addition. Enloe died in 1945, having lived long enough to witness two world wars and make a fortune.