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.
JOHN WESLEY SETTERS was born
in Sullivan county, Missouri, September 11, 1858; came to Washington with
his parents in 1879; and is now living on a farm three and a half miles
northeast of Reardan. His father is Peter Setters, a sketch of whose
life is given elsewhere in this history, and his mother is Elizabeth E.
(Warren) Setters. The parents are now residing in the town of Reardan,
where they lead a life of retirement from active business.
John W. Setters was given a liberal education
in his younger days, while he lived on a farm. After coming to this
state he was employed by the Northern Pacific railroad in its construction
work between Spokane and Missoula, Montana. After leaving this work
he purchased a piece of railroad land, which he subsequently disposed of
to his father when he purchased a quarter section of school land in 1891
upon which he has since made his home. His land is all suitable for
agricultural purposes, and is in a good state of cultivation and well improved.
In fraternity circles he is identified with
Big Bend Court, No. 55, Foresters of America.
John W. Setters was married to Emma Byrd,
a native of Chariton, Iowa, July 6, 1889. Mrs. Setters' parents were
Richard and Mrs. Byrd, the mother's maiden name being Russell. She
died quite early in Mrs. Setters' life, and the father has since been married
to Mary Martin. Mr. Byrd is a native of Kentucky. He is a veteran
of the Mexican War, and came to Reardan in 1886, where he still makes his
Mr. Setters began life for himself as a poor
young man, working on the railroad for a start. He is now quite well-to-do,
and has made himself all that he now owns. Having lived in this vicinity
since 1879, he is a man of wide acquaintance, and is highly spoken of wherever
he is known.