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.
ALFRED W. LONG was born in Anderson
county, Tennessee, August 25, 1856, and has been a resident of Lincoln
county, Washington, since 1883. His present home is on a farm of
three hundred and twenty acres of well-improved and cultivated land lying
on the main Davenport-Spokane wagon road, one-half mile south of the town
of Mondovi. He is the son of Isaac H. and Betsy A. (Morton) Long,
both of whom are now living.
In 1870 the father brought his family to Albany,
Oregon, by way of San Francisco to Portland, thence up the Willamette river,
arriving at Albany in the month of July. Here they settled on a farm
where Alfred lived until coming to Lincoln county. Upon first arriving
in this county, Mr. Long filed a homestead on a piece of land about half
way between Davenport and Sprague. He subsequently made final proof
on this land, when he sold it and bought a half section of school land,--his
present home. His farm is near the railroad and is one of the best
farms according to its area to be found in the Big Bend. Besides
the buildings, shade trees, shrubbery, etc., common to the well regulated
and skilfully managed farm, it contains two acres of choice fruit trees.
He also has eighty acres of timber north of Mondovi.
In lodge circles Mr. Long is identified with
the Masons, Maccabees, Workmen, and Loyal Americans.
His married life extends back to February
28, 1897, when he was married to Ada Knighten, a native of Linn county,
Oregon, the tenth in point of age of a family of eleven. Her father,
Lovell Knighten, was born in Kentucky, lived in Missouri and crossed the
plains with an ox team in 1847. He settled on a donation claim in
the Willamette valley, near Albany, in 1852. He is now living in
Linn county, Oregon, at the great age of ninety years, which is three years
younger than was his father at the time of his death. Mrs. Long's
mother in maiden life was Mary Linebarger, a native of Indiana, who lived
in Missouri and who crossed the plains with her parents in 1843.
She is now in her seventieth year of life.
To Mr. and Mrs. Long have been born two children:
Minnie Bernardine, on January 8, 1898, and Alfred Raleigh, on July 19,
Mr. Long is one of the most thrifty and enterprising
farmers in his locality, of the best of social and financial standing and
has friends almost without number.