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.
WILLIAM L. MUSTARD, a resident
of Washtucna, where he is a member of the city council and engaged in the
livery, feed and sale business, being also proprietor of the Washtucna
hotel, is a native of Dayton, Washington, born December 29, 1869.
Mr. Mustard received a common school education
in Dayton, and since attaining his majority has been in business for himself.
He started in his career as an employe of a flour milling company in Dayton,
and in 1895, two and one-half years after engaging in that work, he came
to Adams county and began farming. In 1901 he entered the field of
merchandise, but two years later traded his business for land. This
he sold, soon after acquiring it, and engaged in his present business.
His is the only business of its character in Washtucna and annually yields
a neat income to its proprietor. Mr. Mustard also carries on to a
limited extent the business of buying and selling stock. He owns
a quarter section of cultivated land near Pampa, Washington, six lots in
Washtucna and a seven-room modern house-the finest in the town.
Mr. Mustard is the son of John and Sarah A.
(Davis) Mustard, the father a native of Virginia and the mother of Iowa.
The latter crossed the plains with her parents when eight years of age.
The family settled at Salem, Oregon. She later removed to Eugene,
Oregon, where she met and became the wife of Mr. Mustard, who had crossed
the plains to California when a youth of eighteen. Soon after their
marriage the couple removed to Dayton, Washington, and in 1900, they came
to Adams county, where they now live. They have been parents of ten
children; Charles, deceased; Bell, married to Judge M. M. Godmen, of Dayton;
Henry, at Loomis, Washington; Frank, deceased; William L., and George,
in Washtucna; Ella, deceased; Hattie, married to M. H. Goddard; Bessie,
married to Otis Mayer, of Denver; and John, Jr., who lives with his parents.
In September, 1892, William L. Mustard took
for his wife Minnie L. Robertson, a native of Texas. She is the daughter
of George and Sarilda (Duncan) Robertson, natives of Tennessee, who, early
in life, settled in Texas. The father is dead and the mother makes
her home with the subject of our sketch. The brothers and sisters
of Mrs. Mustard are: Mrs. Sarah Gosney, Mrs. Lucy Pallisser, N. J. and
To Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have been born five
children, Hazel, Byron, Luella, Georgia, deceased, and Alice.
Mr. Mustard is an active Republican.
Since the incorporation of Washtucna he has been a member of its council,
and he is looked upon as one of the town's leading citizens.
In fraternity circles he is identified with
the I. O. O. F. and the M. W. A. His wife belongs to the R. N. of A.