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.

     CHARLES A. BELL has resided in the Big Bend country for some years.  During this time, he has devoted himself to farming and stock raising and now has a large estate about five miles northeast from Mold and also owns a herd of well graded cattle.  He cultivates about two hundred acres of land and expects soon to handle considerable more.
     Charles A. Bell was born in Laclede county, Missouri, on September 24, 1867, being the son of William and Lavina A. (Williams) Bell, natives of North Carolina.  The district schools of Dade county, Missouri furnished his educational training and the early years of his life were spent on a farm.  He came with his parents and the family west to Oregon in 1883 and three years later moved to the vicinity of Egypt, in Lincoln county.  It was 1896, when Mr. Bell took land where he now resides and soon after gave his attention to the improvement of his place, doing general farming and stock raising.  His brothers and sisters are mentioned in another portion of this work.
     On December 26, 1891, in Spokane, Mr. Bell married Miss Etta A. Duncan.  Her parents, William E. and Minerva J. (Southard) Duncan, were natives of Illinois.  Mrs. Bell was born in Erath county, Texas, on April 8, 1872 and has one brother, William, and one sister, Mrs. Martha Hart.
     To this couple two children have been born, John B., in Lincoln county, on November 27, 1894, and Katie J., in Douglas county, on September 4, 1901.
     Mr. Bell is a member of the A. O. U. W.