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.
WILLIAM CALLIOTT resides about
three miles northwest from Lamona, where he has an estate of one-half section
and is occupied with agricultural pursuits. He was born in Sainte
Genevieve county, Missouri, on May 13, 1859. His parents, Jule and
Emily (Simino) Calliott, were born in the same county as our subject and
were prominent and wealthy people. The father died in Sainte Genevieve
county, Missouri, twenty-three years ago. William was educated in
the district schools of Missouri and worked on his father's farm until
he became of age. Then he rented land in his native state and followed
farming until 1888, when he journeyed west and finally secured a homestead
where he now resides. He bought another quarter and transformed the
two from the wild prairie to the fertile farm in the cultivation of which
he has been occupied since. The land is all fertile and raises wheat,
and Mr. Calliott has made an excellent success in his labors. He
has supplied the place with all the improvements necessary at the present
time and has manifested commendable thrift since coming here. Mr.
Calliott remembers that when he first located in this section, the country
was very wild and bleak. Owing to the few settlers, no markets, and
many other things to contend with, he had many hardships to undergo and
arduous labors to perform. However, he plodded on steadily and is
now reaping the reward of his labors. He has also won the respect
of all and stands exceptionally well in the community.
In 1880, Mr. Calliott married Miss Caroline
Rich, a native of Missouri. Two years after the nuptial feast, she
was called hence by death. In 1888, Mr. Calliott contracted a second
marriage, Miss Annie E. Swartz becoming his wife on that occasion.
She was born in the same place as our subject. Mrs. Calliott's parents
are Peter and Clara (Fallert) Swartz, natives of Missouri and well-to-do
agriculturists. To Mr. and Mrs. Calliott, eight children have been
born as follows, Henry, Anthony, William, John, Ruby, Elvina, Odell and
Mr. Calliott has recently added to his estate
by the purchase of a quarter section.