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 ROBERTSON, one
of the intrepid pioneers, whose labors have made the Big Bend the garden
spot of Washington, dwells now about two miles northeast from Sherman,
where he has a magnificent estate of about twelve hundred acres of choice
wheat land. This holding he secured partly by government rights and
partly by purchase. The improvements are in keeping with the value
of the place and Mr. Robertson is one of the wealthiest men of this portion
of the county. He has gained this enviable position by reason of
real worth and by manifestation of marked industry, wisdom and thrift.
Seeing the value of the country, he purchased and improved land which in
turn has produced bounteous returns.
William Robertson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland,
on July 11, 1852, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Mutch) Robertson, natives
of Scotia's fair hills, also. In 1861, the family removed to Ontario,
where the father farmed. There our subject completed his education
which was well begun in his native land, and in 1875 he journeyed to the
Golden State and soon thereafter went north to British Columbia, where
he did sawmilling. Thence he returned to Ontario and farmed for some
time. In 1882, he came west a second time, this journey ending temporarily
in Dayton, Washington, but during the same year, he found his way to Lincoln
county and selected a homestead where he now resides. Since then,
Mr. Robertson has continued in wise labors here and is one of the leading
and substantial men of the region.
In 1879, Mr. Robertson married Miss Catherine
Galloway, who was born in Ontario, on June 25, 1861, the daughter of Mathew
and Jeannette (McKay) Galloway, natives of Ontario, and of Irish and Scotch
parentage, respectively. To this marriage the following named children
have been born, Mrs. Annie E. Carpenter, Mary C., Charles M., William H.,
Grace J., Archie M., David M., James G.. and John H.