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
SOLOMON LEIGHTON resides three miles
west from Baird, Washington. He was born in Hamilton county, Ohio,
on October 13, 1845, the son of John C. and Alcesta (Miller) Leighton,
natives of Ohio also. In 1855, the family moved to Stark county,
Illinois, where our subject was reared and educated in the public schools.
He made his home there until his thirty-seventh year, then journeyed west
to Iowa where he remained until 1889. In that year, he came direct
to his present place and took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres.
He has the same well improved and in a high state of cultivation, having
made a very comfortable home here. Mr. Leighton is one of the thrifty
and progressive men of Douglas county and has so conducted himself that
he has not only won success in financial matters but has the esteem, confidence
and good will of all who know him. He had two brothers, George W.,
a soldier in the Civil war who died during his term of enlistment and Albert,
also deceased. He has one sister, Mrs. Eliza J. Douglas, now residing
In 1869, Mr. Leighton married Miss Sarah E.
Snell, a native of Ohio and the daughter of William and ______ Snell also
natives of the same state. She has one brother, Alfred, now living
in Nebraska and one sister, Alvoise Hunter, residing in Iowa. To
Mr. and Mrs. Leighton, four sons have been born, William E., in 1869; Arthur,
in 1870; Roley, in 1875, and John C., in 1880. Mr. Leighton has secured
what property he owns, since coming to the Big Bend country through his
own labors and he is to be rated as one of the capable and substantial
men of Douglas county.