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
FRANK W. ROUNDS was one
of the first settlers in Douglas county and knows what the struggles of
the pioneer are. He has been enabled by industry and good management
to so handle the resources of the section, that he has become one of the
wealthy men of the county. He has two hundred and forty acres of
good land well improved and supplied with all necessary improvements, besides
a good band of stock and other property. His residence is about five
miles north from Waterville and the estate is devoted to diversified crops.
Frank Rounds was born in Linn county, Oregon on April 7, 1865, the son
of Rodney R. and Rebecca (Thornton) Rounds, the former a native of New
York and the latter of Missouri. They crossed the plains with ox
teams in 1851 and took a donation claim in Linn county, where our subject
was born. He was educated largely in the common schools of Benton
county and later moved to Walla Walla county, Washington, where he was
in the hotel business for seven years. Next we see him in Boise in
the mines, whence he came to Douglas county about 1884 and took a part
of his present estate as a homestead. The balance has been added
since by purchase.
Mr. Rounds has the following brothers and
sisters, Hezekiah, Charles T., Louis J., Mrs. Robert Gray and Mrs.
C. G. Pence. At Ketchum, Idaho, on April 6, 1881, Mr. Rounds married
Mrs. Isadore S. Hillman, daughter of Charles and Lucy (Luvina) Whorton,
natives of New Brunswick. Mrs. Rounds was born in the state of Maine,
on August 24, 1857 and has one brother, William A., and one sister, Mary
A. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Rounds:
Pliny J., born in Ketchum, Idaho on December 4, 1883; Frank L., born on
August 8, 1887; Charles W., born February 4, 1890; Robert M., born March
17, 1892; John C., born July 30, 1893, and Archie R., born on November
5, 1895. The last five mentioned were born in this county.
Mr. Rounds is a member of the W. W. and in
church affiliations, he and his wife are adherents of the Christian denomination.
He is considered one of the upright and substantial men of the community
and the fine success that he has achieved in his labors here indicate his
business ability as well as his industry and thrift.