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.
HAL CRAMPTON is engaged in farming
five miles east from Hatton, where he has been since 1888. He is
a native of Flint, Genesee county, Michigan, born July 29, 1866, and the
son of George and Marenda (Hibbard) Crampton. The father is a native
of England and the mother of Michigan. They settled in Michigan at
the time of their marriage, and never left the state. The father
is dead, but the mother still lives at Lennon. They have always lived
on a farm, and were parents of seven sons, Bert, deceased, our subject,
William, Charles, Frank, Harry and John.
Mr. Crampton received a good common school
education in the state of his birth and at the age of twenty-one started
in life independently. He came west in 1888 and settled first in
Walla Walla, Washington, but during the same year he came to his present
locality, where he filed a homestead and timber culture on the farm where
he now lives. He says he saw some really hard times in gaining a
start here, but that he always enjoyed a plenty of the necessities of life
and managed somehow to improve his land. In 1899 he purchased a half-section
of railroad land, and at intervals since that time he has added to his
farm until he now owns one thousand five hundred and sixty acres of farm
land and one hundred and sixty acres of timber. He has eleven hundred
and fifty acres under cultivation, and improved with the most modern type
of farm buildings and conveniences. He maintains twenty-five head
of farm horses, and an excellent orchard.
Mr. Crampton was married to Fannie Powers,
daughter of Melvin and Ellen (Fisher) Powers, the former a native of New
York and the latter of Pennsylvania. The parents of Mrs. Crampton
settled in Ohio early in life, and later removed to Michigan, where the
mother still lives, the father dying some years since. They were
parents of six children; Jennie, now Mrs. A. Jennings; Fannie, Harvey,
Mrs. Amy Urch, Mrs. Lillie Hibbard and Mertie, deceased.
Mr. Crampton is an active Democrat, and a
member of the Odd Fellows. He has repeatedly held office as a member
of his local school board.
Mrs. Crampton is a member of the Methodist