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.

     EDWARD GASKILL lives in the town of Leone, Adams county, Washington, and his business is that of a farmer.  He was born in Holly, New Jersey, November 18, 1844, son of Joseph and Hanna (High) Gaskill, both also natives of New Jersey, who during their lives lived also in the states of Michigan, Iowa and Kansas.  In the last named state, in Montgomery county, both died, the father at the age of eighty-nine and the mother aged eighty-six.  The father was a farmer.  Both parents were descended from old English stock, and the father's father, Ebenezer Gaskill, served as a soldier during the Revolution.
     Mr. Gaskill was educated in the grammar schools of the states of New Jersey, Michigan and Iowa, and at the age of twenty-two he began work on a farm for salary.  He then followed sailing on the Mississippi river for a brief space of time, after which he purchased horses and engaged in breaking sod in Illinois for three years.  In 1887 he came to Washington and filed on a homestead where he now lives.  He also purchased eighty acres of railroad land, to pay for and improve which he was forced to work among various farmers for wages.  In 1893 he bought eighty acres more and four yeas later a half-section, all of which he has improved and under cultivation.  During the past five years he has also bought and sold, as a matter of land speculation, seventeen sections of land.  His present land is among the choicest in the Big Bend.
     Mr. Gaskill has been thrice married.  In 1875 he was married in Kansas, which union was blessed with one child, Nettie.  The wife died in 1881, and our subject was again married, by which marriage two children, Mary and Oscar, were born.  In 1886 the second wife departed this life, and in 1898 Mr. Gaskill took for his third helpmate Etta Start, daughter of John M. and Hannah (Worden) Start, natives of New York, in which state Mrs. Gaskill was also born.  The father of Mrs. Gaskill was a railroad man, and during his life lived in the states of New York, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas.  He was prominently identified with the construction of the railroad connecting Cold Water, Michigan, with Chicago.  The mother died in Kansas in 1898 and the father in 1900.  They were parents of six children:  Eugene W., Jane A., Fannie M., Hanna, Clarence J. and Mary H.
     Of the children of Mr. Gaskill, the first born is married to W. Kirkpatrick, and is living in Ritzville; Mary is married to Walter Noun, Garfield, Washington, and Oscar is with his father.
     Politically, Mr. Gaskill is a Democrat.  He has for a number of years been a member of his school board, and is a prominent member of the Church of Christ.