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.

     WELLER EMRICK is an agriculturist, living about five miles northwest from Waterville, who has manifested rare executive ability, together with thrift and industry in his labors in Douglas county.  He is a man of considerable property, stands well in the community and is well and favorably known.
     Weller Emrick was born in Preble county, Ohio, on March 28, 1853, the son of Jacob and Lavina (Enoch) Emrick, natives of Berks county, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, respectively.  The district school of his native place furnished our subject his educational training and when the family moved to Missouri, in 1866, he went also.  They settled in Cass county and engaged in farming.  For twenty years our subject remained under the parental roof, then started in life for himself.  He went to Cowley county, Kansas, in 1875, where he bought land and for eleven years devoted himself to the basic art of agriculture.  Then he went with a co-operative colony to Mexico, Jopolobampo, Sinaloa, being their postoffice.  He remained there six years and was superintendent of agriculture for one year.  From there, he came to Washington and settled in Douglas county, where he now resides.  He at first purchased one quarter section but later added as much more.  His farm produces abundant crops of wheat, oats as well as of vegetables and fruit.  Mr. Emrick has improved his farm in excellent shape and has a very comfortable rural abode.  So well satisfied is he with the Big Bend country, he declares that this shall be the place in which he shall remain until death calls him hence.
     Mr. Emrick has the following brothers and sisters, Leander, Malvina and Marilus, all dwelling in Missouri.  On July 1, 1875, in Missouri, Mr. Emrick married Miss Samantha, daughter of James and Delilah (Jackson) Blakely, natives of Virginia and Missouri, respectively.  Mrs. Emrick was born in Cass county, Missouri, on February 16, 1857.  To Mr. and Mrs. Emrick have been born four children, Ove, in Cowley county, Kansas, on September 8, 1878; H. Hampton, on July 14, 1881; Reuben E., in Cowley county, Kansas, on April 19, 1885; and Dora E., September 23, 1888, and now deceased.  The three children living are at home.  Mr. Emrick is well enough posted on the issues of the day, that he does not tie himself to any party but manifests an independent position in political matters.