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
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
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.