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
MORRIS W. BUZZARD came to Douglas
county in the early days when supplies had to be hauled from Spokane.
There were only twelve settlers in the entire region, when he located where
he now resides, about one mile southeast from Waterville. From that
time until the present, Mr. Buzzard has continued here without interruption
and has constantly been devoting his efforts to tilling the soil and improving
his farm. He has a fine quarter section, which raises diversified
crops. Among the especially fine improvements we may mention an orchard
so situated as to be protected by elevated land, which produces as fine
fruit as can be found in Washington, and he has all the varieties of fruit
that grow in this latitude.
Morris W. Buzzard was born in Harrison county,
Kentucky, November 23, 1853. His father, William Buzzard, a native
of Kentucky, married Miss Sallie Williams, who was also born in the Blue
Grass State. Her people came from North Carolina. He was a
prosperous farmer and stock man during his life, and his ancestors were
among the very first settlers in Kentucky. Our subject was educated
in his native state, after which he settled in Champaign county, Illinois,
and farmed for seven years. It was as early as 1883, that Mr. Buzzard
settled in Douglas county and took his present land as a homestead.
Since then, he has bought eighty acres in Okanogan county and owns considerable
Mr. Buzzard has always pulled in single harness
and still remains free from matrimonial cares. He has two brothers
and three sisters, Marion, George W., Mrs. Mattie Taylor, Mrs. Sarah J.
Florence, and Mrs. Eliza Rankin, all living in Harrison county, Kentucky.