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.
THORNE HOUSTON is one of the
substantial and wealthy farmers of Lincoln county. He resides about
one-half mile east from Sherman where he owns a fine farm of nearly four
hundred acres. He acquired title to the same by purchase, having
gained all he possesses, since coming to Lincoln county, through his own
industry and wise management.
Thorne Houston was born in Smith county, Virginia,
on December 20, 1875, the son of Robert and Mattie (Cole) Houston, both
natives of Virginia. The father was occupied in farming and merchandising
during his life. The common schools furnished the educational training
of our subject and with his mother, one brother, and two sisters he came
to Lincoln county in 1885. They settled near Sherman and owing to
the fact that their financial assets were very low, the boys were forced
to work out to get the means to improve their homesteads. They believed
in the resources of this country and soon began to purchase land.
In 1897, our subject bought one-half section just one mile east from Sherman.
He has made various other purchases since, having given his entire attention
during these years to farming. He has made an excellent record, and
the skill with which he has improved his farm and made it productive has
shown him to be a capable and wise man.
In 1899, Mr. Houston married Miss Nellie,
daughter of Frank and Carrie (Shane) Hopkins, who now dwell three miles
east from Sherman. Mrs. Houston was born in Asotin, Washington, on
January 15, 1878. She has two brothers, William and Edgar, and one
sister, Ruth. Mr. Houston has one brother, Walter and two sisters,
Mrs. Maude Jones and Mrs. Bertha Graybill. To Mr. and Mrs. Houston
one child, Esther, has been born.