Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
PETER L. FILER, who is one of
the earliest settlers in the Methow valley, is today one of the prominent
men of the valley and also one of its prosperous farmers and stockmen.
Peter L. Filer was born in Dallas county,
Texas, on April 9, 1862, the son of Jacob and Martha (Bacies) Filer, farmers
in that county. Our subject received a good education from the common
schools, and remained with his parents until he was grown to manhood.
Then came a period of ranching for himself, and in 1885 he erected a cotton
gin, which he operated successfully at Mesquite, Texas, for some time.
After that we see Mr. Filer on the road for an agricultural implement house,
and in 1887 he came to Washington. For a short time he remained in
Kittitas county and then sought out his present place, about five miles
east from Twisp. He has one hundred and sixty acres, well improved,
and largely sown to alfalfa. In addition to this Mr. Filer has another
quarter section in the valley, which also is alfalfa land and which is
well improved. He has comfortable buildings on both places and a
well assorted orchard for home use. Mr. Filer also raises stock and
is one of the leading men of this section. He is a stockholder in
the Okanogan Record at Conconully, and a man who takes great interest in
the welfare of the community.
In Wise couty, Texas, in 1881, Mr. Filer married
to Miss Emma F., daughter of Benjamin and Amanda (Sweet) Cole, farmers
of Dallas county. One child, Ernest E., was born to this union.
In 1885, at Mesquite, Texas, Mr. Filer was called to mourn the death of
his wife. On July 3, 1896, Mr. Filer married Miss Bertha, daughter
of M. G. and Eliza (Nickell) Stone, who now dwell on Bear creek, in Okanogan
county. To this marriage there have been born the following children,
Ora Belle, Imogene and an infant girl unnamed. Mr. Filer is a member
of the W. 0. W. and the Order of Washington and for eight successive years
he has been clerk of his school district.
Mr. Filer was the first mail carrier from
Ruby to Silver, over the Loop Loop trail. This was in the winter
of 1889. After that he contracted to carry the daily mail from Brewster
to Winthrop. He is a man of excellent principles and has won for
himself hosts of friends.