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.
CHARLES B. QUILLEN is a farmer
residing about equidistant from Paha, Adams county, and Quincy, Douglas
county, Washington, and receives mail at either of these postoffices.
Born in Seward county, Nebraska, July 26, 1872, he is the son of Thomas
and Drusilla (Hand) Quillen, natives of Indiana. The parents lived
two years in Iowa, from which state they removed to Furnas county, Nebraska,
lived there twelve years, then came to Washington, in 1886, and settled
at Endicott. After three years they removed to St. John, two years
later to Vollmer, Idaho, thence to Grangeville, Idaho, and they now live
on a farm in Nez Perces county.
Mr. Quillen's grandmother on his father's
side is still living in Nebraska at the age of ninety-three years.
Her husband, a Christian minister, died at the age of seventy-five, as
did also Mr. Quillen's grandfather on his mother's side of the family.
Charles B. Quillen first attended school at
Maple Creek in his native state, and at Beaver City. He came to Washington
with his parents and attended school until arriving at the age of fifteen
years, when he left school to make a livelihood for himself. He worked
for various farmers and rode the range for stockmen until 1890, when he
began working near the city of Moscow, Idaho. After three years here
he went to Grangeville where he freighted for seven years, a part of which
time he also farmed on rented land. The following two years he spent
in touring the state of Washington. He then filed upon the homestead
of one hundred and sixty acres where he still lives. He has five
head of farm horses and good farm buildings.
Mr. Charles Quillen was married January 1,
1892, to Ida M. Stillman, daughter of Charles and Belle J. (Newell) Stillman.
Her father was a native of Iowa and her mother of Illinois. The parents
settled in Iowa, where the father died in 1884. The mother was married
again, and now lives at Avon, Idaho. She is the mother of two children
by her first marriage and nine by her second. Those now living are:
Bessie, Renbin, Daisy, Eva, Bertha and Ralph,--the others being dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Quillen have been parents of three children, two of whom,
Herbert and Orville, are still living. All were born in Idaho.
Politically, Mr. Quillen is an ardent Republican,
as is also his wife, who has achieved considerable local fame as a worker
at the polls. Both are members of the United Artisans, and Mrs. Quillen
is a member of the Christian church. Mr. Quillen has one brother
and one sister, Frank and Jennie.