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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.


     LOUIS E. BISHOP is at the head of a lumber manufacturing plant situated about nine miles southwest from Waterville.  He was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on October 4, 1850, the son of Henry and Catherine (Nutting) Bishop, natives of Massachusetts.  The mother's father, John Nutting, was of Revolutionary fame and also a veteran of the War of 1812.  She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution.  The public schools of Amherst, Massachusetts, contributed the education of our subject and he remained in the vicinity of that town until the centennial year dawned, when he removed to Faribault, Minnesota, where he remained for thirteen years.  He did carpentering and some building there and was foreman of a sash and door factory.  In 1888, he came west to Waterville and for two years was engaged in contracting and building, then bought his present place and built a thoroughly well equipped mill, with the output capacity of ten thousand feet per day.  He has a planer and all finishing machinery necessary for the manufacture of lumber for all kinds of building purposes.  Mr. Bishop gained four hundred and eighty acres of land by government right and that portion of it which is suitable for farming is under cultivation.  He owns in addition to this, eight hundred acres on Badger mountain, where the mill is located.  He is doing a good business at the present time and has considerable timber yet to cut.  The farm estate lies twelve miles east of Waterville and there, also, Mr. Bishop has a good large band of cattle and horses.
     Mr. Bishop has one brother, Lawriston H., and one sister, Mrs. Emily Thayer.  On April 1, 1900, at Waterville, Mr. Bishop married Mrs. Alta Powers, the daughter of John and Emma (Parker) Donaldson, natives of Canada and Indiana, respectively.  Mrs. Bishop was born in Midland county, Michigan, on March 5, 1867.  Our subject and his wife are the parents of one daughter, Nellie F., born March 20, 1901, and one son, Arthur H., born May 10, 1904.  Mrs. Powers had two children by her former husband: William R., born in Michigan, on May 9, 1886, and Minnie B., born in Tacoma, Washington, on August 24, 1890.
     Mr. and Mrs. Bishop are adherents of the Methodist church and liberal supporters of all public enterprises, which are for the benefit of all.
 
 

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