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.

    WILLIAM H. ELI is one of Douglas county's substantial farmers and dwells about seven miles southeast from Douglas.  He has a good property and has shown marked industry and thrift in his labors here for the last fifteen years.  This residence entitles him to be classed with the pioneers who have made this Big Bend country the choicest region of the west; and brought here, where once dwelt the coyote and the rattlesnake, the comforts of civilization and the happy times of prosperity.  William H. Eli has had a good portion in this excellent work and has done his share well.  He is a native of Connecticut, being born in Tolland county, on October 19, 1849.  His parents, George and Sarah A. (Roe) Eli, were natives of England and came to the United States in the early 'forties.  The father followed mining.  After spending the usual time in the common schools, while also portions of the year were used in farm work, William H. was fitted for the more responsible duties of life and in 1870, he left the parental roof.  The next two years were spent in Newburg, Ohio, in work at the barber trade.  Then came a period of travel over the western states, and two years later, he returned again to Newburg.  Two years were spent there and then three in his old home.  After that, Mr. Eli went to Kansas and Missouri and wrought in the coal mines.  He was in all the leading mines in those states and finally came to Washington.  For a time he worked in the coal mines of King county then was in Yakima before the railroad was put through.  After that Mr. Eli was employed in the mines in Boise and Silver City, Idaho, and in the rush was in the Coeur d'Alenes.  Finally, in 1890, he quit the mines, and came to the Big Bend country.  He selected a homestead and pre-emption and secured title to a half section of good land.  To the improvement and development of this he has given his attention since that time.  He has gained a good amount of property and is blessed with a fine compentence for the balance of his natural life.
     Mr. Eli has the following named brothers and sisters, George A., in Leavenworth; Robert A., mining in Okanogan county; John T., at Hanna, Wyoming; Mrs. Lizzie Eblen, in Missouri; and Mrs. Sarah Polister, at Hanna, Wyoming.  Mr. Eli has many friends and his walk in life has been such that he merits and receives the respect and esteem of all who may have the pleasure of his acquaintance.