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.
L. WATSON has shown by his well directed and industrious labors in Adams
county that he is a man possessed of ability and thrift sufficient to win
an excellent success here. He resides about two miles northwest from
Delight, where he owns a choice estate of wheat land.
Robert L. was born in
Iroquois, Illinois, on November 30, 1871. His parents, Alex and Catherine
(Baird) Watson, were natives of Scotland and came to America when children.
They settled in Canada, later crossing the line into the States and in
1867, located in Illinois. In 1880, they went west to Nebraska and
eight years later came on to Washington. They located where they
now live in Adams county and are well known and substantial people.
They are the parents of nine children, named as follows: James, Elizabeth,
Alexander, William, David, Catherine, Andrew, Mary and Robert. Our
subject received his education in Illinois, Nebraska and Adams county.
Making the best of his opportunities, he studied in the public schools
in these various places. He continued with his father until twenty-four
years of age and when twenty-one took a homestead where he now lives and
began to improve it. He has added since by purchase until he has
one section of fine wheat land, all improved, fenced and provided with
good buildings, water and so forth.
In February, 1903, Mr.
Watson married Miss Alice Harris. Her parents, John and Emma (George)
Harris, were natives of Indiana and among the early pioneers to the Walla
Walla country, being but children when they came there. The father
did freighting all through this country in early days. They were
in Walla Walla before the town was started. Eight children were born
to this worthy couple, Mary, deceased; William, George, Eva, John, Alice,
Edgar, deceased; Rosie.
Politically, Mr. Watson
is an active Republican. He takes pains to keep himself well informed
on the issues of the day and is a man up-to-date and progressive.
Fraternally, he is a member of the M. W. A. and the I. O. O. F.