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
PERRY T. SARGEANT, who is one
of the most prosperous farmers in the vicinity of Hartline, having a very
excellent, well improved and well cultivated holding, is also one of the
leading men of the county, having shown his ability in various capacities
and his progressiveness and industry in his achievements here.
Perry T. Sargeant was born in Vanderburg county,
Indiana, on September 16, 1864. His parents, Orsames P. and Rachel
C. (Taylor) Sargeant, were natives of Vermont and Virginia, respectively.
Perry T. was educated in the common schools and also studied under private
teachers, being especially inclined toward mathematics. Although
he never took a degree from any college, he made a special study of mathematics
and has won considerable distinction in this line. From Indiana,
he removed to Texas, where he was engaged on the cattle range for three
years, then he returned to his native state, by way of New Orleans.
One year later, he came to Kansas and in a short time we see him in California,
whence he journeyed to Portland, Oregon, and from that place came on to
Ellensburg and engaged on the Northern Pacific as a civil engineer.
After six years of service in this capacity he completed the training that
he had been so desirous of obtaining in mathematics. In 1886, Mr.
Sargeant moved to Douglas county and settled in the Coulee, six miles north
of Coulee City, where he took up a homestead, which was later sold to Adolph
Young. He bought five hundred and sixty acres, his present estate,
and which is one of the finest farms in this section of the country.
In 1894, Mr. Sargeant was elected surveyor on the Republican ticket and
two years later, so well did he fill the office, he was re-elected.
After these four years of service he returned to his farm and has devoted
his attention to private enterprises until recently, when he was appointed
road supervisor of district number two, Douglas county, in which capacity
he is operating at the present time. Mr. Sargeant has two brothers
and two sisters, Eugene G., Morris H., Mrs. Thomas Leach, and Mrs. Charles
At the Welch church, on February 2, 1891,
Mr. Sargeant married Miss Clara J. Jones. Her parents, William and
Alice E. (Owens) Jones, are natives of Wales. Mrs. Sargeant was born
in Wisconsin, on November 30, 1870, and has the following brothers and
sisters: William. E., John G., Mrs. Maggie Allen, Ealenor N., and
Phoebe. Two children have been the fruit of this marriage: Alice
R., born in Spokane on October 15, 1897; and William O., born near Hartline,
on February 16, 1899. Mr. Sargeant is a member of the I. O. O. F.,
the Maccabees and the K. P. In religious persuasion he is allied
with the Cumberland Presbyterian church but is a liberal supporter of all