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.

      EARL W.  MAY, a farmer dwelling eight miles southwest from Lind, Washington, is a native of Bellefontaine, Ohio, born January 15, 1862, the son of Samuel and Mary J. (Taylor) May, natives of Pennsylvania.  The parents of Mr. May removed to Ohio during the early days of that commonwealth, where they both died,--the mother in 1867 and the father in 1886.  They were the parents of three children, Mrs. Floy Creviston, our subject, and James A. May.
     At the early age of thirteen years Mr. May came to Oregon with his father, since which age the boy made his own way in the world.  He began at once to acquire what education he could by working during the summer months and attending the district school during the winters, so that he became quite a well-educated man by the time he reached his majority.  Up to the age of twenty-two he lived in Lind county, Oregon.  He then went to the eastern part of the state where he engaged in farming for three years on the celebrated Hank Vaughn ranch.  He became the owner of eleven hundred acres of land on the Umatilla reservation, when he removed to Whitman county, Washington, where he farmed from 1890 until 1895.  Thence he removed to Fairfield, Washington, where he remained until 1903, when he came to Lind and purchased a section of land near town.  He farmed this for a time, and got three hundred acres under cultivation and fenced.  He kept a large number of horses, and in the latter part of the year 1903 he purchased a livery stable in Lind and operated it until April 1, 1904, when he returned to the farm.  He owns a section of good wheat land in company with W. E. Gage.
     Mr. May is an active and influential Republican, and a member of Garfield Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F. in Garfield, Washington.  He is strictly a self-made man; as a man of business he is universally considered honorable and upright, and at the same time is successful and prosperous.