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.
BENJAMIN F. NAIL. About
six miles north from Edwall lies a very choice estate of nearly one section.
It is finely improved with good residence, barns and other buildings, fences
and so forth. The same is owned by the gentleman whose name initiates
this article and has been gained through his own personal labors and thrift,
as he came to this country with very limited means. During the winter
time of each year, Mr. Nail resides at Medical Lake, where he has a fine
dwelling. The summer seasons are spent upon the farm.
Benjamin F. Nail was born in Fulton county,
Arkansas, on May 1, 1869, the son of Andrew J. and Eliza (Brown) Nail,
natives of Mississippi and now deceased. The father died when our
subject was one year old and he early learned the responsibilities of life.
He was the youngest of the family of eight children, five boys and three
girls and remained at home until eleven years of age. His education
was acquired in the common schools and some few years after starting for
himself, we find him in Texas, then he journeyed to Arkansas, and in 1888
came to Adams county, Washington. One year later, he was in Spokane
and there remained until 1897, when he secured the estate in Lincoln county
mentioned above. Since that time he has given his attention to overseeing
the farm and also to other business.
On December 25, 1894, in Spokane, Washington,
Mr. Nail married Miss Eunice Zech, a native of Michigan. She came
to Washington with her parents when a child. To Mr. and Mrs. Nail,
two children have been born, Floyd and Lela.
Mr. Nail is a thrifty and progressive man
and a citizen who always takes an interest in the affairs of the community
and the welfare of the county.