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
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.