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 M. FRANS is a native
of Fort Davis, Texas, born November 10, 1866. He now lives on a farm
two and one half miles north of Egypt, Washington, where he came in 1880
from the vicinity of Colfax. He first came to this state with his
parents in a wagon drawn by oxen, in 1879, and settled at Walla Walla,
removing thence to near Colfax. On March 18, 1887, Mr. Frans was
married to Corrie Duncan, who died January 13, 1900, leaving a family of
three children, Charles L., Myrtle I. and Ora E. Mr. Frans was married
for the second time April 2, 1902, to Laura A. Vonschriltz, a native of
Pike county, Ohio.
Immediately after his first marriage Mr. Frans
removed to Rathdrum, Idaho, and, returning, located near Mondovi, Washington.
In 1895 he went to the mines near Bossburg, Stevens county, where he worked
for a time in a sawmill, then later returned to his present location.
He bought the home where he now resides in 1899, and owns two hundred and
forty acres, one half of which is good grain land, and the balance is timber.
His land is in a high state of cultivation, and he has good buildings,
and sufficient implements, stock, and so forth, to successfully carry on
his business. He makes a specialty of raising grain and hogs.
He is now in easy circumstances, although poor when coming here.
Mr. Frans was the son of John S. and Mary
Frans, the former a native of Germany, and the latter of Scotch parentage.
His present wife's father and mother were Miles A. and Emma Vonschriltz,
both natives of Ohio. She has four brothers, George, and William,
of Douglas county, James, and Floyd.
Mrs. Frans came west with her parents in 1892
and settled in Lincoln county, Washington.
Mr. Frans is a highly respected and honorable
citizen of his locality, and takes an active interest in all movements
set on foot for the betterment and development of his surroundings.