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 H. VENT, who lives six
miles north from Sprague is one of the earliest settlers in Lincoln county.
He also has the distinction of being a native son of Washington, having
been born at Walla Walla on June 16, 1865. His parents, Robert and
Mary E. (Sheets) Vent were pioneers of Walla Walla, and are now living
with our subject. The father followed butchering. William H.
received a common school education in his native place and then started
in life for himself. He also engaged in stock raising and as early
as 1872, came to this part of Lincoln county and engaged in stock raising
and has followed that continuously since, although he has also done general
farming. The place where he now resides, he purchased in 1897.
When he came to this section, he had no means and now owns about one thousand
acres of choice grain land which is well improved with a nice cottage of
six rooms, which is situated in tasty and beautiful grounds, barns, outbuildings
and a large band of cattle and horses with all the machinery necessary
for handling the estate. Mr. Vent owns property at Post Falls, Idaho,
in addition to what we have mentioned.
On December 2, 1894, Mr. Vent married Miss
Alpha Parker, the daughter of Horace and Louisa F. (Johnson) Parker, natives
of Ohio and now living near Sprague. The father was one of the earliest
settlers here and has always followed stock raising. Mr. Vent has
the following named brothers and sisters, Mrs. Emma Jones,
Stupple, Mrs. Leona Fortune, Mrs. Nellie Busey, Mrs. May Bagley, Mrs. Lillie
Mills, Mrs. Lula Busey, Mrs. Frederick Busey, Mrs. Allen Busey and Robert.
Mrs. Vent has two sisters, Mrs. Zella Vent and Mrs. Lena Lowe.
Mr. Vent is a member of the K. P. and he and
his wife belong to the Rathbone Sisters. They are wealthy and substantial
people and have shown by their labors, real industry and thrift.
Their standing is of the best in the community and they are typical Washington