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
BARCLAY W. WHITEHALL has demonstrated
his ability to handle successfully a large general farm, where he lives
one mile north from Waterville. For a number of years, he has devoted
himself to stock raising, farming and freighting, and has come to be one
of the prosperous men of Douglas county. The property where he now
lives, he purchased for one thousand dollars. The same is now valued
at over four thousand dollars and has annually produced abundant crops.
Barclay W. Whitehall was born in Fountain
county, Indiana, on June 2, 1853, the son of James and Elizabeth (Clark)
Whitehall, both natives of that county. The family moved to Illinois
when our subject was young and in Mercer and Henderson counties of that
state, he received his education and remained there until 1875. After
that time, Mr. Whitehall moved to Iowa and made settlement in Greene county.
For twenty-one years he was engaged there in general farming and also taught
school. He taught six terms in the graded schools of Illinois and
Iowa and left a record as a first class instructor. Desiring to see
the west and ascertain its resources, Mr. Whitehall came to Waterville,
having made the trip overland from Iowa with wagons. He started on
April 12, 1896 and four months later was in Douglas county.
Among the improvements of Mr. Whitehall's
farm, may be mentioned a good orchard, besides first class buildings, fences
and so forth. Mr. Whitehall has one sister and four brothers, Henry
T., Alva Curtis, Nicolas C., Charlie A., and Mrs. Carrie Badger, deceased.
Near Scranton, Iowa, on December 5, 1881,
Mr. Whitehall married Miss Jennie G., daughter of George W. and Isabel
(Brock) Kuder, natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana, respectively, and early
pioneers in the state of Iowa. Mrs. Whitehall was born in Illionis,
on Februray 26, 1864 and has the following brothers and sisters, Monroe
M., G. Frank, Arra B. and Melissa C. Mr. and Mrs. Whitehall have
become the parents of the following children: Effie E., born on November
13, 1883 in Greene county, Iowa, later married to Charles F. Wickers, and
died March 29, 1904; Earl B., born in Greene county, Iowa, on July 22,
1887; Orla J., born in Greene county, Iowa, on February 14, 1891 ; Lester
L., born in Greene county, Iowa, April 14, 1894; Henry W., born in Douglas
county, Washington, June 8, 1898; Maggie Mae, born in this county, on March
13, 1900; Etta Irene, born January 9, 1904; and Pressie J., born in Greene
county, Iowa, July 27, 1885 and died May 29, 1900. Mr. Whitehall
is active in the realm of politics and holds strongly to the Populist principles.
He and his wife belong to the Seventh Day Church of God.