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
RICHARD R. PARROTT resides about
ten miles southeast from Hartline on one of the choice estates of Douglas
county. He has fifteen hundred acres, all improved and devoted to
pasture and grain. The estate is well provided with buildings and
machinery. Mr. Parrott handles a steam thresher and contemplates
plowing his land by steam in the near future. In addition to this
property, he has a large band of well bred horses and has made an excellent
success in horse raising. His animals are all large and he owns one
stallion, perhaps the best bred horse in Douglas county, which weighs eighteen
hundred and fifty pounds and is valued at two thousand dollars. Mr.
Parrott is one of the best known stockmen and grain growers in the entire
Big Bend country.
Mr. Parrott was born in Cheshire, England,
on December 2, 1861, the son of William and Jennie (Izett) Parrott, natives
of England and Scotland, respectively. The father's occupation was
landscape gardening. At Frederick City, Maryland, our subject received
his education, the family having come there when he was six years old.
As soon as his school days were completed, he learned the carpenter trade
and in 1872, came with his father and the family to Lincoln, Nebraska.
He wrought at his trade and farming until 1883, then came to Washington,
stopping first in Ellensburg where he worked three years in bridge building
for the Northern Pacific. It was 1886, when Mr. Parrott came to Douglas
county and took up stock raising. In the spring of 1887, he took
a preemption and timber culture and later a homestead, where he now lives.
He has added by purchase until he has the estate mentioned, which is highly
improved and very skillfully handled, fourteen hundred hundred acres being
devoted to wheat and other small grains.
Mr. Parrott has the following brothers and
sisters, John J., Robert J., Thomas, William, Mrs. Euphemia Chase, and
Mrs. Jennie Casey. Mr. Parrott was raised under the influence of
the Methodist church and has always favored the denomination although not
a member of any. He has certainly made a good success from a financial
point of view in his labors in the Big Bend country. He sells horses
in the local market and his brand can be seen throughout the entire Big
Bend country and his horses are known as excellent ones wherever found.