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.
JAMES W. EARLES is a member of
the Davenport Trading Company (incorporated) which conducts the largest
department store in the city and one of the largest in Lincoln county.
He is universally regarded as one of the substantial and reliable citizens
of his county.
In Lawrence county, Ohio, he was born July
6, 1851, the son of William and Arty (Brammer) Earles, both likewise natives
of the state of Ohio. The family of which Mr. Earles is a member
originally included eleven children, seven girls and four boys, four of
the girls now being dead. Of the boys, the subject is the youngest.
He was born and reared on a farm, and received a finished common school
education. December 15, 1876, he was married to Julia A. Smith, daughter
of John and Harriet (Johnson) Smith. Mr. Smith is still living in
Lawrence county, Ohio, his wife having passed away.
During the spring of 1888 Mr. Earles came
to Washington, stopping first at Walla Walla, where he remained until autumn
when he came to Lincoln county and engaged in farming near Davenport.
He acquired a tract of four hundred acres of land, and in conjunction with
the tilling of the soil he also conducted a herd of stock. In 1900
he disposed of his interests, removed to Davenport and engaged in his present
business. He is at this writing treasurer of his company. The
store room of the Davenport Trading Company is fifty by ninety feet in
dimensions and conveniently divided into departments.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Earles are members of the
Methodist Episcopal church. They have one daughter, Verda B., who
is now the wife of August Huck, residing in Davenport.