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.
SOLOMON P. WRIGHT lives in Hatton,
where he does an extensive real estate and loan business. Born in
Obion county, Tennessee, April 29, 1848, he was the son of Philip A. and
Elizabeth (Lane) Wright, natives of Kentucky, who removed to Tennessee
early in life. The mother died in that state some years since, but
the father is still living there. During the Civil war the father
was about to go to war as a soldier, but his eldest son, George P., volunteered
to take his place in the army.
Mr. Wright has eleven brothers and sisters,
George P., Moses, Mary J., Sarah A., Susan, R. A., Rufus, D. M., J. L.,
Henry C. and Lucy R., twins.
He received his early education in the common
schools of his native state, and upon attaining his majority he engaged
in farming for himself. In 1877 he sold his farm and engaged in the
saw milling and lumber business, which he followed until 1883, when he
sold out and returned to farming. In 1887 he came to Ritzville, Adams
county, and for two years he worked at carpentering in that town.
In 1889 he took a homestead ten miles east from Hatton, and at different
times since settling here he has added to his holdings until he now owns
two and one-half sections of land, all of which is fenced, and one and
three-fourths sections of which is under cultivation. He has good
buildings and some highly bred cattle and horses. He has harvested
from his land as high as fifteen thousand bushels of wheat in a single
year. In 1902 he removed to Hatton and engaged in his present business,
having rented his farm.
In 1869 Mr. Wright was married to Anna F.
Woody, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woody, natives of North Carolina,
and parents of twelve children.
To this union have been born eight children,
five of whom are living; Lillie, married to O. W. Goodenough, of Adams
county; Nora H., with her parents; Homer R., in Ritzville; Lottie J., with
her parents; and Preston W., also living with his parents.
Mr. Wright is a Democrat. He is interested
in educational work and for many years he was a member of his local board
of school directors. Both he and Mrs. Wright have long been members
of the Church of Christ.