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 Co., 1904.
LEVI C. BISHOP, who dwells about
six miles north from Creston, in one of the finest rural abodes of Lincoln
county, has the distinction of having made this and the broad estate of
fourteen hundred acres which sursound his residence, besides much other
property, by assiduous labor and skillful manipulation of the resources
placed in his hands in this new country, commencing without any capital
whatever. Mr. Bishop has forty acres on the Couer d'Alene line out
of Spokane, five acres in Union Park, Spokane, and much other property.
His home is pleasantly located, is supplied with running water on each
floor, and shows excellent taste and judicious selection in every point.
Other improvements commensurate are in evidence and the estate is one of
the choicest in the county.
Levi C. Bishop is descended from stanch American
patriots, his great grandfathers on both sides being soldiers under General
Washington in the Revolution. He was born in Washington county, Virginia,
on October 13, 1858, the son of Madison and Eunis (Grose) Bishop, natives
of Washington and Smyth counties, respectively, in the Mother of States.
The father was a veteran of the Civil War and a substantial citizen.
Our subject was educated in the public schools and then engaged in farming
with his father until 1882. The next year he came on to Walla Walla
and took work on a farm for some time. In 1884, Mr. Bishop took a
timber culture claim adjoining where he lives. Later he took a pre-emption
and then a homestead and has purchased land since until he has the large
amount mentioned above. In addition to making the fortune that he
has, Mr. Bishop has not forgotten that more priceless heritage, a good
name, and his honesty, integrity and uniform geniality and display of upright
principles have won the highest esteem and confidence of the people.
In 1882, Mr. Bishop married Miss Sarah E.
Cole, whose brothers, Andrew J., James J., and John C., are residents in
the vicinity of Creston. To Mr. and Mrs. Bishop, two children have
been born, Lury M. and Mary E. We wish to note also that the grandfather
of Mrs. Bishop was descended from a prominent American family of Revolutionary
ancestry, as mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop
are the center of a large circle of admiring friends, and their worthy
labors have accomplished much for the substantial upbuilding of the community
and the forwarding of proper enterprises.