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 W. LANDRETH, who resides
about eight miles north from Reardan, on one of the finest farms in the
section, has the distinction of being one of the earliest pioneers of the
territory now embraced in the Lincoln county country. He has labored
here faithfully since 1879 and has shown himself to be a man of ability,
dominated by wisdom and good practical judgment.
William W. Landreth was born in Portland,
Oregon, on April 17, 1867, being the son of S. B. and Elizabeth (Martin)
Landreth, natives of North Carolina and Missouri, respectively. They
came with ox teams across the plains in 1853 and located in the wilds of
the Pacific coast and did an immense amount of labor, toward bringing this
country under the sway of civilization. They are mentioned in this
work. Our subject was educated in the schools of Olympia, Washington,
and when twenty-one, began life for himself as a farmer. As stated
before, he located in Lincoln county in 1879 and later bought a quarter
section where he now resides. It is improved in excellent shape with
fine buildings, windmill, and so forth, and is in a high state of cultivation.
He also owns one hundred and sixty acres, just north of his home place.
His residence is an elegant seven-room, modern structure provided with
all the conveniences and everything about his premises shows him to be
a man of taste and thrift.
On November 7, 1894, Mr. Landreth married
Miss Olivia B. Emsley, a native of Shelby county, Ohio, and to them have
been born three children, Thomas A., Theckla R. and an infant son unnamed.
Mr. Landreth is a charter member of the I.
O. O. F. lodge organized in Reardan in 1890 and is a man of influence and