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.

     JAMES F. FLETCHER, who resides at Fletcher postoffice is one of the leading agriculturalists of that portion of Adams county, was born on February 3, 1849, eight miles from Baltimore, Maryland, his parents being Samuel and Mary Furniss Fletcher.  The father was engaged in milling until 1861, when he turned his attention to farming, having migrated to Missouri in 1853.  His death occurred in Clark county, Missouri, in 1881, his wife having passed away in 1876.  He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry and the mother descended from English lineage.  Our subject received his education in the common schools of Missouri and started in life for himself on the old home, being in partnership with his brothers.  This continued until he was thirty-two years of age.  In June, 1884, he came to Washington and located a pre-emption where he now lives, four miles northwest from Fletcher.  Later, he filed on a homestead on the same land and has purchased since until he has eight hundred acres.  It is all fertile and good agricultural land and is handled in a becoming manner.  All improvements that are needed are in evidence and Mr. Fletcher is counted one of the thrifty and substantial men of this portion of the county.
     On March 12, 1882, Mr. Fletcher was married to Miss Armita McKee.  Her father, Captain William McKee, a native of Indiana married Elizabeth Duncan, who was born in Kentucky.  He was captain of the Seventh Missouri Cavalry and was killed on the battlefield December 8, 1862.  The G. A. R. of Clark county, Missouri, is named William McKee post in his honor.  Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher are the parents of three children, William C., born June 26, 1885, now a student in the Ritzville high school.  He has also attended the Agricultural College at Pullman; Ottis S., born December 24, 1888, also attending the Ritzville high school; Nettie May, born April 21, 1893, at school.  Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher know by experience the pioneer life and the hardships connected with the same but being possessed of strength and enterprise they have weathered all those trying times and manifested meanwhile an uprightness and stability that commend them to all worthy people.  During the twenty years of Mr. Fletcher's residence here, he has been justice of the peace eighteen years.  He or his wife has been director for fifteen years.  They are very enthusiastic laborers for educational advancement and in fact for everything that tends to build up the country and develop it.  They are worthy and substantial people and always keep fully abreast of the times.  Politically, Mr. Fletcher is a Democrat while in fraternal relations, he is affiliated with the I. O. O. F.  He is a member of the Baptist church and Mrs. Fletcher is an earnest worker in the Christian denomination.  Our subject has the following named brothers and sisters, Jane Shuler, deceased; Malissa Gammon, at Pomeroy, Washington; Amanda Thompson, at Pomeroy; Ann Anderson, Leavenworth, Kansas; Pheby Jeffrey in California; Ella Best, Lind, Washington; John T., in Clark county, Missouri; James, who died in a military prison, in 1862; Benjamin P., Bluff City, Kansas.  Mr. Fletcher has three brothers and two sisters and one half-brother, who are named as follows: Edward, William C., John, Mary and Nettie, deceased,Colwell Smith, all of Clark county, Missouri.