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.
EARL W. MAY, a farmer
dwelling eight miles southwest from Lind, Washington, is a native of Bellefontaine,
Ohio, born January 15, 1862, the son of Samuel and Mary J. (Taylor) May,
natives of Pennsylvania. The parents of Mr. May removed to Ohio during
the early days of that commonwealth, where they both died,--the mother
in 1867 and the father in 1886. They were the parents of three children,
Mrs. Floy Creviston, our subject, and James A. May.
At the early age of thirteen years Mr. May
came to Oregon with his father, since which age the boy made his own way
in the world. He began at once to acquire what education he could
by working during the summer months and attending the district school during
the winters, so that he became quite a well-educated man by the time he
reached his majority. Up to the age of twenty-two he lived in Lind
county, Oregon. He then went to the eastern part of the state where
he engaged in farming for three years on the celebrated Hank Vaughn ranch.
He became the owner of eleven hundred acres of land on the Umatilla reservation,
when he removed to Whitman county, Washington, where he farmed from 1890
until 1895. Thence he removed to Fairfield, Washington, where he
remained until 1903, when he came to Lind and purchased a section of land
near town. He farmed this for a time, and got three hundred acres
under cultivation and fenced. He kept a large number of horses, and
in the latter part of the year 1903 he purchased a livery stable in Lind
and operated it until April 1, 1904, when he returned to the farm.
He owns a section of good wheat land in company with W. E. Gage.
Mr. May is an active and influential Republican,
and a member of Garfield Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F. in Garfield, Washington.
He is strictly a self-made man; as a man of business he is universally
considered honorable and upright, and at the same time is successful and