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
SPENCER PERRY HITE is master
of the king of all trades, blacksmithing, and has the finest and best equipped
shop in Douglas county. In addition to having all tools and arrangements
necessary for all kinds of blacksmithing, he has an extensive horseshoeing
shop and a very large wagon shop. He is a thorough mechanic and a
master of every detail in the entire business and his energy and close
attention to business have won for him an excellent patronage while prosperity
has attended his efforts.
Spencer P. Hite was born in Halifax county, Virginia, on December 21,
1863, the son of Spencer and Martha J. (Wilkens) Hite, natives of Virginia.
The father was a farmer and served in the confederate army. Our
subject had very limited means of education, but improved them well and
remained with his father until nineteen years of age. At that time
he removed to Arkansas, making settlement in Jackson county. For
some time he did farming, then began work in a wheelwright shop at Franklin,
Arkansas. Two years later, so proficient had he become in this work,
he opened an establishment for himself and soon thereafter had a blacksmith
shop, too. He continued thus until 1890, when he sold and moved to
Hardy, Arkansas, and conducted a shop there for two years. After
that, he engaged in the butcher and grocery business and also held the
office of city marshal. This he conducted until March, 1892, when
he sold his entire business and came to Washington. He at once opened
a general blacksmith and machine shop in Waterville and has improved and
enlarged the business until it has reached the dimensions mentioned above.
Mr. Hite has four brothers and four sisters
living, named as follows: George B., Charles S., Ruben S., William D.,
Mrs. Matilda A. Whitt, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkins, Margaret F. and Mrs. Louisana
A. Sydnor, and five deceased: James, Stephen G. T., Rebecca J., Bailey
G., and Nannie.
In Halifax county, Virginia, on October 11,
1882, Mr. Hite married Mrs. Mary E., daughter of Isaac J. and Maria A.
Tynes, natives of Virginia. The father was a soldier in the confederate
army. The fruit of this union has been ten children, whose names
and the dates of their birth are given below: P. E., on July 20, 1884,
and now deceased; Martha A., on February 10, 1886; Mildred N. V., on December
20, 1887, and now deceased; Minnie G., on September 9, 1889; Nora A., on
November 3, 1891; Mattie, on April 28, 1894; Willie M., on March 24, 1896;
Thomas Dewey, on June 25, 1898; Georgia Omar, on September 17, 1900; and
Edward S., on May 14, 1903. The first was born in Virginia, eight
were born in Arkansas, and the last one in Waterville.
Fraternally, Mr. Hite is affiliated with the
W. W., the A. F. & A. M., and the M. W. A. He and his wife are
members of the Baptist church and are zealous supporters of their faith.
Mr. Hite in Arkansas held the position of justice of the peace for eight
years, besides other offices. He is a man who receives the respect
and confidence of his fellows and stands well in this community.