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.
JOSEPH SARASIN is a farmer residing
five miles north of Davenport. He was born in St. Johns, Canada,
January 16, 1850, the son of Levi Sarasin, also of Canadian nativity and
French descent, and Mary (David) Sarasin.
He was the third in age of a family of thirteen
children, and grew to manhood on a farm. In 1868 he came to the United
States, remaining for a time, respectively, in New York, Michigan and Minnesota.
He worked on the construction of the eastern terminus of the Northern Pacific
railroad, and came west to Virginia City, Nevada, in 1873. Here he
was employed in the mines until he came to California the year following.
In the latter state he worked for five years in the employ of F. A. Hihn,
and in 1879 he came to Walla Walla from San Francisco by way of Portland
and the Columbia river. He located on his present farm in the month
of June, 1879, and was among the first settlers of the Big Bend.
He came to the country with limited means, and embarked at once upon the
business of tilling the soil and raising stock with such eminent success
that he now owns an excellent grain and stock farm consisting of four hundred
and eighty acres, a section of timber land on the Spokane river, and stock
and cattle to an extent which places him on the list of Lincoln county's
In 1902 Mr. Sarasin took an extended trip
back to his old home and other eastern points, to return to his adopted
county with the firm conviction that this is the most desirable section
on the American continent.