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.

     ORVILL CLARK is one of the pioneers of Douglas county and resides now on his place about a mile south from Waterville, where he settled in 1884.  He has improved the farm well and in addition to raising diversified crops, has given his attention to raising horses.
     Orvill Clark was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 18, 1838, the son of Elias S. and Mary A. (Fletcher) Clark, natives of New York and Canada, respectively, and descendants of old colonial stock.  Mr. Clark was educated in the public schools of his native state and at the age of nineteen, went to work for himself.  He operated his farm in Michigan until 1878, then started to California to seek his health.  He got no farther than Laramie, Wyoming, and there remained for one year.  Being improved, he returned to Michigan, sold his property and journeyed to Colorado.  After tilling the soil for sometime in that state, he went on to San Francisco and thence made his way to Spokane.  It was on March 30, 1884, that Mr. Clark took his present place by a squatter's right and since that time he has been one of the steady laborers for progress and development of this county.  Mr. Clark has four brothers and two sisters, Albert, Andrew C., L. Frank, Russell A., Mrs. Adeline Raymond, and Mrs. Mandany M. Petty.
     At Stockbridge, Bingham county, Michigan, on September 4, 1859, Mr. Clark married Miss Adeline Carr, a native of Wheatfield, in the same county.  Her parents were William and Mary Carr, descendants from early colonial stock.  The fruit of this union is Scott E., born in Wheatfield, Michigan, now a farmer in Clinton, that state; Floyd B., born in DeWitt, Clinton county, Michigan, also residing in that state; Flora A., born in Gilford, Michigan, now living in this county, the wife of Michael McGrew an engineer.  Mr. Clark has held various offices in places where he has lived and is a man of energy and good judgment.
     It is of interest in an article of this kind to note that Mr. Clark had a full share of the trials and adversities with the struggling pioneers contemporary with him, in opening this country and securing a support for himself and his family.  Provisions could only be had in Spokane, one hundred and fifty miles distant.  Other places nearer were simply little supply points where goods were brought to from Spokane and other places on the railroad and the prices were greatly in excess of those ruling in Spokane.  Consequently men of limited means could do no better than to take their rigs and make the trip to Spokane, whence they freighted their supplies to their claims.  Mr. Clark had his part in this and it would take thirteen days and nights to make the journey and while out he never slept in a house.  Those days are past and now he has the prosperity that his wise labors deserve.