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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.


     ALBERT W. DE BOLT is one of the pioneer settlers of Douglas county and is now handling a large mercantile establishment in Coulee City.  He has been active in various other capacities here and won especial distinction in different lines as will appear in recounting the salient points of his career.  Mr. De Bolt is as well known as any man in Douglas county, being distinguished by his energy, strength of purpose, and spirit.  He was born in Fayette county, Indiana, on May 26, 1856, the son of Joseph and Ann E. (Silvey) De Bolt, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively.  The father was a stock dealer and was a member of the legislature for two terms, from his county, in the seventies.  Our subject was favored with a high school education in Lafayette county, Missouri, whither the family had removed when he was ten years of age.  In 1877, he journeyed thence to Linn county, Oregon, making a stop there of one year.  The next move was to the vicinity of Pullman in Whitman county, this state, being a pioneer settler there.  He was occupied for a decade in farming and in 1887 came to Douglas county, settling near Bridgeport.  He engaged in the stock business and also took government land to which he added by purchase until he has one thousand acres.  For thirteen years, Mr. De Bolt pursued the labors of farmer and stock raiser with abundant success.  In 1903, he removed from the farm to Coulee City and opened a grocery and hardware store, handling also farming implements and vehicles.  He has been favored with a fine patronage from the start and carries a large stock of goods.
     While Mr. De Bolt was residing on the ranch, he was very active in breaking-up the bands of cattle thieves which infested the county, and was occupied as justice of the peace for eight years by an appreciative public.  On account of his persistency in following the thieves, he was elected sheriff of Douglas county in 1900, defeating J. D. Logan, the Republican candidate by a majority of one hundred and fifty-two.  Mr. De Bolt went for cattle thieves in such a manner that the county became well rid of them and he deserves the credit and praise of every property owner in the county of Douglas as well as central Washington.  His fearlessness, his keenness, and his determination, have won for him a fine name as well as enabling him to do untold good for the citizens of this county. When the notorious Tracy crossed the Columbia, Mr. De Bolt organized a posse and took up the trail from which he never varied until he assisted to surround the outlaw in the wheat field near Creston.
     Mr.  De Bolt has the following brothers and sisters, Henry A., Charles C., Herman, Frank, Mrs. Flora Younger and Mrs. Elizabeth Whitnah.
     The marriage of Mr. De Bolt and Miss Elizabeth Lowery, was celebrated in Whitman county, on December 1, 1878 and to them have been born five children, Lulu F., in Whitman county, on January 10, 1881; Ione, in Whitman county, on January 23, 1883; Wilmer, in Whitman county, on October 4, 1887; Leslie, in this county, near Bridgeport, on November 17, 1890; and Orville, in this county, on May 16, 1895.  Mrs. De Bolt was born in Illinois, on January 25, 1865.  Her father was David Lowery a native of Illinois and pioneer to Whitman county.  She has two brothers and one sister, George, John, and Mrs. Harriet Risley.  Mr. and Mrs. De Bolt are adherents of the Presbyterian church and they are very substantial and estimable people.