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
A. E. CASE, who is well known
in Douglas county as one of the financial leaders, is a man whose life
has been largely spent in financial circles, in which he has won a good
success, owing to his conservative and wise manipulation of resources.
He is now at the head of the bank in Waterville, having established the
enterprise in 1890, in company with Mr. Ford, a former associate in banking
business in the east, and now one of the heavy property owners in Michigan
and Ohio. Mr. Case has been the head of the bank here since establishment
and its success is due to his sound principles and wise methods of operation.
A. E. Case was born in Michigan, on October
5, 1857, the son of A. E. and Chloe (Barton) Case. His ancestors
on both sides were distinguished people in New England, and various members
of the families have gained a wide distinction in business. They
were identified also with the struggles of the colonies for independence
as well as for their existence afterward when the coveted goal had been
obtained. The father of our subject was born in New York state and
died on the old homestead in Michigan in 1898. The mother was born
in Vermont and died in 1873, at the Michigan homestead. Our subject
was educated in the graded and high schools of his native place and later
took a thorough course in the business college at Detroit, Michigan.
After this, he taught for four years and then associated himself with a
large lumber firm as bookkeeper, later becoming a member of the firm.
The firm organized a bank in one of the Michigan towns and installed Mr.
Case as cashier. Making a success of this venture, they soon organized
and established two more banks and Mr. Case was associated with Mr. Ford,
with whom he established a banking house, being still cashier of the first
one. In 1890, they disposed of their entire business and the same
year came to Waterville, opening business here in November. Mr. Ford
resides in Birmingham, Michigan, and is one of the influential and prominent
men of that portion of the state. Mr. Case owns a section of first-class
wheat land, which produces abundant crops. He also has a handsome
residence in Waterville, besides other property. Mr. Case has one
brother and two sisters, Daniel, Mary Sylvester, and Kate Bower.
The marriage of Mr. Case and Miss Eva
Stanway was celebrated at California, Missouri, on September 26, 1893.
The parents of Mrs. Case are David and Maria Stanway, natives of England,
and now residing in Warrensburg, Missouri, having been married in Ypsilanti,
Michigan. The father served three years in the Civil war and was
severely wounded in the battle of the Wilderness. Mrs. Case has one
brother and two sisters, Perry, Grace S. Pizer, and Minnie S. Thomas.
Two sons have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Case; Randall S., aged nine, and
Austin F., aged seven. Mr. Case is a member of the A. F. & A.
M., the R. A. M., and the K. T. Politically, he is associated with
the Democrats, but does not desire personal preferment, having refused
to allow his name to be placed on the ticket. Mrs. Case is a member
of the Christian church.