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 W. HIGGINBOTHAM resides about six miles north from Hartline and was born in Wayne county, Kentucky, on February 13, 1848.  His parents were J. and Priscilla A. (Cullum) Higginbotham, natives of Kentucky.  The common schools of Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri contributed to the education of our subject and in 1881, he crossed the plains with two teams of horses and mules, to Oregon, settling in Union county.  In 1885, he came to Douglas county, Washington, and took up a homestead where he now resides.  To this he has added a quarter section that adjoins his place.  The whole estate is under cultivation and supplied with all the improvements needed on a first-class grain and stock farm.  He gave his attention to general farming and stock raising and although he landed here with but forty dollars cash and a team and wagon, he is now one of the prosperous and leading men of the section.  He has some fine bands of cattle and horses and in addition to his farm, has other property.  Mr. Higginbotham has five sisters and brothers, John C., George C., Thomas, Mrs.  Mary Alexander, and Mrs. Ellen Darr.
     In Linn county, Missouri, on September 2, 1875, Mr. Higginbotham married Miss Maggie, daughter of John and Historian (Runnells) Gier, natives of Madison and Gillespie counties, Kentucky, respectively.  The mother died in 1862 and the father now resides with our subject.  Mrs. Higginbotham was born in Linn county, Missouri, on May 21, 1857 and has one brother and five sisters, Henry, Mrs. Ellen Lambert, Mrs. Fanny Jenkins, Mrs. Nannie Long, Mrs. Elizabeth Stanton, and Mrs. Sarah Lambert, deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham five sons and five daughters have been born, Estes E., William A., deceased, J. Alva, Mrs. Ada B. Stinebaugh, Delia M., Hattie A., Otis A., Linneaus W., Maggie J. deceased, and Eva B.
     Mr.  Higginbotham was raised in the faith of the Christian church and he and his wife are now members of the Salvation Army, which has the local headquarters at Spokane.  They are substantial people and have the respect and confidence of all.