Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
EDGAR F. BICKFORD is a prosperous
farmer residing six miles cast from Hatton. He was born in Linn county,
Kansas, October 23, 1873, the son of Benjamin F. and Jane (Fairchild) Bickford,
both natives of Illinois who settled in Kansas when young. In 1874
they removed to Illinois, where they lived thirteen years, when they came
to Adams county, Washington. They are still living on a farm in this
county. Besides the subject of our sketch, they have one child, Birdie,
married to C. A. Rice, living in San Juan county, Washington. Mrs.
Rice has two children. Our subject's father is a veteran of the Civil
War and a very highly respected old gentleman.
Mr. Bickford received his early education
in Schuyler county, Illinois, and came west with his parents at the age
of sixteen years. Upon coming here he engaged in working on a farm
for wages, in which capacity he continued eight years, when he took a homestead,
since which time he has been farming for himself. He has his land
all fenced, under cultivation and well improved with first class modern
buildings. In 1903 he purchased a quarter section of land near his
homestead, and rents a half-section, making a total of one section which
he annually has in crop. He also has his farm well supplied with
draft horses and farm implements.
Mr. Bickford is an active Republican, and
a member of the F. and A. M. and of the Knights of Pythias fraternities.