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
STEPHEN DODD, who resides about
one-half mile west from St. Andrews, is one of the men whose labors have
been crowned with success in Douglas county and who is now one of the leading
citizens. He is engaged in farming and has a good estate, which produces
abundantly. Mr. Dodd has won the esteem of his fellows and has shown
uprightness and sound principles in his walk here. He was born in
Sparta, Ohio, on November 9, 1855, the son of Josephus and Sarah (Rines)
Dodd, natives of Ohio and pioneers to Illinois. Our subject was educated
in the common schools of Whiteside county, Illinois and lived there until
1889, engaging in farming after he had attained his majority. In
the spring of 1889, he removed to Douglas county and took a pre-emption
near the town of Douglas, which he later sold. Then he took his present
place as a homestead and has since continued here. Recently, Mr.
Dodd had the great misfortune to lose his house and all its contents by
fire, but he has replaced it by a handsome two story structure of modern
architectural design, which makes a very attractive and comfortable home.
Mr. Dodd has the following named brothers and sisters, Byron S., Elias
B., Mrs. Phoebe E. Seavey, Mrs. Mary Austin.
The marriage of Mr. Dodd and Miss Carrie E.
Holt occurred at Morrison, Illinois, on July 3, 1879. Her father,
Alexander Holt, was a soldier in the Sixteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry
and served through the entire war. For eighteen months he had the
awful lot to languish in Libby, Andersonville, and other prisons in the
south. He was honorably discharged from the service in June, 1865,
and is still living. He was a native of Indiana and married Miss
Sarah S. Roland, a native of Kentucky. Mrs. Dodd was born in Clinton
county, Iowa, on December 19, 1862 and has the following brothers and sisters,
George W., Elmer E., Frank F., Mrs. Elzina M. Baker, Mrs. Cora B. Schenck,
Mrs. Hester A. Leslie and Mrs. Lulu C. Judd. Mr. and Mrs. Dodd have
never had any children but raised one adopted daughter, Clara M., now the
wife of J. W. Bogart, of this county. Mr. Dodd is a member of the
M. W. A. and he as well as his wife are adherents of the Methodist church.