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
WILLIAM B. ESTES lives about
two miles southwest from Southside, where he has a fine large estate.
One section is in his own right and the balance is school land, leased
from the state. Mr. Estes does general farming and raises stock.
Among the latter may be mentioned some of the fine Clyde horses to be found
in this section of the country. He also has some cattle and a number
of well bred Poland China hogs. Mr. Estes has just completed a large
eight-room house, modern in every respect, being supplied with bath and
so forth, and it is one of the largest dwellings in Douglas county.
The place is well supplied with water, orchard and other conveniences and
is a very pleasant rural abode.
William B. Estes was born in Jefferson county,
Tennessee, on February 16, 1857, the son of Samuel and Sarah J. (McBride)
Estes, both natives of Tennessee. The father served in the confederate
army and was at Vicksburg under General Pemberton. He was twice a
prisoner during the war. In 1875, the family migrated to Linn county,
Oregon, where settlement was made and our subject completed his education
which he had begun in Tennessee. He grew to manhood's estate in Oregon,
having lived in both Linn and Umatilla counties. In 1888 he came
to Douglas county and took a homestead to which he has added by purchase,
until he has the estate mentioned above. Mr. Estes came here with
very little capital and his present large and gratifying holdings have
been gained entirely by his own industry and wise management and he is
to be congratulated upon the abundant success which he has achieved.
Mr. Estes has one sister, Mrs. Catherine
Dick, living at Pilot Rock, Oregon. On February 13, 1889, Mr. Estes
married Miss Lizzie, daughter of William C. and Susannah (Lennox) White,
natives of Tennessee and Missouri, respectively and now residing at Echo,
Oregon. Mrs. Estes was born in Oregon, on January 12, 1863.
Mrs. White's father, David T. Lennox, was captain of the first wagon train
that ever crossed the plains, it being under the leadership of Marcus Whitman.
David T. Lennox was also organizer of the first Baptist church on the Pacific
Mrs. Estes has the following brothers and
sisters, William S., Louis O., Thomas O., John E., Millard F., Mrs. Rose
Hammer, Mrs. Nancy C. Means, Jessie M. White, Mrs. Harriett F. Ward, and
Mrs. Dellia M. Getchell. The last two named are deceased. The
names of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Estes with the dates of their
respective birth, are as follows; Bessie M., August 18, 1890; William C.,
September 20, 1893; Cora E., March 23, 1895; Lottie B., September 12, 1898;
Lonola A., April 16, 1900; and Annie L., September 28, 1903. Mr.
and Mrs. Estes are both members of the American Yoeman and were both raised
in the Baptist church. They are people that have the good will of
all, having shown by their labors and walk, their uprightness and integrity.