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
WILLIAM PAWSON stands among the
most substantial citizens of Douglas county. Coming here in an early
day, he located on government land about two miles north from where Waterville
now stands and has added by purchase until he has a half section of some
of the best land to be found in the county. He has labored assiduously
here since coming and has gained his present competence by virtue of his
industry and wise management.
William Pawson was born in Yorkshire, England,
on January 10, 1863, the son of Isaac and Sarah (Turner) Pawson, also natives
of England. They came to Canada in 1892 and there reside at the present
time. Before leaving England, our subject received his educational
training from the public schools. When he had reached manhood's estate,
he looked to the new world to find his fortune and in 1885, he sailed hither
and was soon in Douglas county, where he took his present place as a pre-emption.
He has brought the farm to a high state of cultivation and has provided
excellent improvements. A large barn, good dwelling, outbuildings, fence
and so forth are in evidence and he is one of the progressive and prosperous
men of the section. Mr. Pawson has three brothers and two sisters,
Henry, George, John, Mrs. Sarah Grawbargar, and Mary E.,
At Waterville, on July 23, 1902, Mr. Pawson
married Miss Coatney, daughter of Aaron and Leanno (Buracker) Craven, natives
of Indiana and Ohio, respectively. Mrs. Pawson has three brothers
and one sister, Joseph, Isaac, Alva, and Mrs. Curtis Bateman. Mr.
and Mrs. Pawson are not members of any denomination but are closely allied
with the Methodist doctrine. They stand exceptionally well among
the people and have the good will of all. Mr. Pawson is a good neighbor,
a true friend, and a man of reliability and worth of character. During
the years past, he has always been careful to labor for the advancement
of the country and substantial upbuilding and improvements, while he has
ever been a warm advocate for good schools and good roads.