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 OGLE is a well known
and intelligent farmer of Douglas county and resides about two miles southwest
from Waterville. He was born in Fountain county, Indiana, on February
16, 1847, the son of James C. and Elizabeth (Smith) Ogle, both natives
of Ohio and tillers of the soil. Our subject was educated in the
common schools of Illinois, together with private instructions and remained
with his father until he arrived at his majority. Then he commenced
farming in Mercer county, Illinois, for himself, where he remained for
eighteen years. After that, he removed to Republic county, Kansas
and continued in the basic art of agriculture, taking up a homestead and
remaining there until 1889. In that year, he removed to Douglas county
and pre-empted a quarter section seventeen miles east from Waterville.
Later he removed to his present place which is a well improved farm.
He does general farming and stock raising and is well known as one of the
substantial men of the community.
Mr. Ogle had four brothers in the war, three
in the Thirtieth Illinois and one in the Forty-third. James was killed
at Vicksburg; Van died at Fort Donelson; and John died in the hospital
in Illinois. The other children of the family are: Ruth, Sarah, Mary
E., Joseph D., deceased, Frank, Alexander C., Thomas N., Jasper C. and
Mrs. Emma Richardson. On December 24, 1868, at Keithsburg, Illinois,
Mr. Ogle married Miss Susana, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Jackson,
natives of England and New Jersey, respectively. Mrs. Ogle was born
in Keithsburg, Illinois, April 4, 1854, and has the following brothers
and sisters, James H., John W., Mallon, and Mrs. Sarah F. Owens.
Mr. and Mrs. Ogle have become the parents of the following children: Ira
W., born on June 25, 1871; Edward H., born September 26, 1873; Clara E.,
born March 17, 1879, now the wife of Edward Owens and living in this county;
Nola C., born in this county, on February 3, 1892, living at home.
Mr. Ogle and his wife belong to the Christian
church. They are highly respected people and first class citizens.