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 W. SMITH, who is a farmer
residing five miles west and two miles south from Fletcher, is a native
of Prince Edward Island, born May 28, 1869. He was the son of Alexander
and Sarah (McMillan) Smith, both also natives of Prince Edward Island.
They both remained there until 1889, when the father died and the mother
came to Washington. She is now living at Kahlotus, Washington. The
parents of our subject reared a family of nine children, James L., J. D.,
W. B., W. S., C. W., E. J., Lillian, Maggie, and A. A. Smith.
Mr. Smith was educated where he was born.
In 1887 he was graduated from the Prince of Wales college, whereupon he
engaged in the profession of school teaching, which he followed seven years,
all told. He came to Washington in 1891 and located where he now
lives. He owns six hundred and eighty acres of farming land, all
fenced, cultivated and improved with the best of modern farm buildings,
orchard and a first-class water system. He also raises some live
For some years after coming here Mr. Smith
experienced great difficulty in making a living, owing mainly to the squirrel
pest. One year he lost one hundred and ten acres of wheat and the
greater portion of his garden truck and berries. However, despite
all obstacles he persevered, and is now one of the well-to-do farmers of
He is an active Republican in politics, and
a leading citizen.