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
HORATIO N. WILCOX is one of the earliest
settlers in the vicinity of Waterville, and he has labored steadily here
since the days of pioneering. He is now possessed of one thousand
acres of fertile soil and has most of it rented. He personally oversees
two hundred acres adjoining the town of Waterville and has shown himself
to be one of the most skillful farmers in this section. Mr. Wilcox
had an exhibit at the New Orleans exposition and received awards for the
same. The winter of 1883-4 was the first one spent by Mr. Wilcox
in the Big Bend country and he was associated then with Mr. C. C. May at
Davenport. It was June, 1883, that he came to where Waterville now
stands, and selected his present home. Stephen Boyce was his companion
and he took the land where Waterville now stands.
Horatio N. Wilcox was born in Iowa, on October
3, 1853, the son of Harmon and Polly A. (Perry) Wilcox, natives of New
York and Kentucky, respectively. The father died in Kansas in 1886.
The mother was from a prominent southern family and still lives in the
old Kansas home.
The family moved to a location about sixty
miles south from Kansas City, in 1860, and there endured, all through the
war, the horrors of border ruffianism. The father tried several times
to enlist but was refused on account of physical disability. Our
subject was reared in the Kansas home and educated in the log cabin school
house, remaining with his father until twenty-one. Then he returned
to Iowa and worked out for a time, subsequently journeying to the Sacramento
valley in California. From 1878 to 1883 he lived there and then came
to Spokane and on to his present home as has been narrated. For twenty
years, Mr. Wilcox has continued here and has been one of the substantial
and leading men of the community. He has served several terms as
county commissioner and one term as treasurer. He always was ahead
of his ticket and while he formerly was allied with Republicanism, he is
now a firm Democrat. Mr. Wilcox has four brothers, Harmon, Perry,
Otis, and Columbus, also has two sisters, Julia Williams and Olive Stoker.
On January 20, 1893, at Waterville, Mr. Wilcox
married Miss Eva E. Brown, a native of Wisconsin. Her parents are
Isaiah and Marietta (Byers) Brown, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively.
Mrs. Wilcox has two brothers and two sisters, George, Frank, Elsie Wilcox,
and Cora. One son has been born to this marriage, George H.
Mr. Wilcox is a member of the K. T. M.