The following data is extracted from History of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and Washington, 1889.
GEORGE MURPHY. - The firm of Murphy & Burns occupies an important place in the business of Sprague, Washington. Their book and stationery business, including also novelties and jewelry, now aggregates some twenty thousand dollars a year and is rapidly increasing. This is a dept for these articles to the Big Bend and Okanagan countries.
Mr. Murphy is a native of Ireland, and was born at Limerick. He is a veteran of the United States navy. He came to New York in 1858, and in 1862 joined the United States marine corps, serving under Commander E.Y. McConley for three years on the gunboats Fort Henry and Tioga. He was honorably discharged in 1866, and, coming to San Francisco, was occupied on steamboats and in hotels. In 1881 he came to The Dalles, where he opened a small stationery and cigar store, remaining there one year, after which he came to Sprague and engaged in his present business. His career does credit to his intelligence and activity; and as a defender of the Union he merits the lasting gratitude of all.
Source: History of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and Washington, 1889