Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
WILLIAM W. SPATES resides sixteen
miles northwest from Pasco, and is engaged in farming. He was born
in Fayette county, Kentucky, on January 15, 1845, the son of Noah B. and
Ann (Jewett) Spates, natives of Kentucky and now deceased. In his
native place, William W. was educated and there remained until eighteen.
Then he went to Illinois, settled in Morgan county and engaged in farming
for eighteen years. Next came a move to Missouri where he remained
four years. In 1887 he came to Washington and took a homestead where
he now resides. He has improved the place in good shape and has a
fine orchard of two hundred and fifty trees, being the only orchard in
his part of the country. Previously, Mr. Spates had given his attention
to horse raising but has sold out his stock and devotes himself to farming.
He is a man of industry and energy and takes a great interest in the upbuilding
of the country. For one term he was county commissioner and always
manifested a lively interest in the political welfare of the country as
well as in educational progress. He receives the respect and esteem
of his fellows and is a good substantial citizen.