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 RUBLE PASLAY is one of the very skillful fruit growers in the Columbia valley.  In 1903, grapes raised on his ranch took the first prize at the Spokane Interstate Fair.  He has twenty-one acres put out to all kinds of fruit that does well in this section such as apples, pears, peaches, grapes and prunes.  His ranch is two miles east from Pateros and adjoins a nice steamboat landing, whence he ships his fruit to Wenatchee and to the coast towns.  Mr. Paslay is a very progressive and energetic fruit man and is one of the rising men in this industry in this portion of the state.
     William R. Paslay was born in Benton county, Arkansas on September 13, 1898, the son of Thomas and Susannah (Ruble) Paslay, natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively.  He was educated in the district schools of Barry county, Missouri, and remained there until 1878, when he moved to Washington and settled near Uniontown in Whitman county.  With others, he crossed the plains by teams and owing, to the Bannock Indians, being on the war path, they had much trouble.  However, they arrived safely at their destination and took up farming on a pre-emption until 1886, when he moved to Douglas county and secured his present home place.  His improvements on the farm show his thrift and skill and he is one of the prosperous men of the section.  Mr. Paslay has two brothers and two sisters, George W., Thomas, Mrs. Eliza Tutle and Mrs. Aneliza Adams.
     In Barry county, Missouri, on April 9, 1876, Mr. Paslay married Miss Mildred, the daughter of Berry and Pyrleey J. (Yandell) Tuttle, natives of Illinois and Tennessee, respectively.  The father was a soldier in the Rebellion.  To Mr. and Mrs. Paslay nine children have been born, named as follows: Volley, Walter, Thomas, William T., Oscar, Bessie, Pearl, Ruth, and Herbert.  Mrs. Paslay was born in Kentucky, in 1858.  Mr. Paslay's father was a strong Union man and was forced to remove from Arkansas during the troublous times.  He settled in Kansas.  Mr. and Mrs. Paslay are adherents of the Christian church. *

*Since the above was written it has been learned that Mr. Paslay had been for some time suffering with heart disease, which indirectly caused his death on September 13, 1904.  He was then aged forty-six years, one month and twenty-eight days.  Too much can scarcely be said in commendation of the hearty spirit and worthy efforts displayed by Mr. Paslay during his life here in Douglas county.  With his brother, Morgan, now also deceased, he braved the dangers and hardships of pioneer days, overcame all obstacles and difficulties that were in the way, and they were not few, and lived to show forth the one thing which he had done so much to demonstrate, namely, that Douglas county can produce fruit second to none in this favored state of Washington.  He made a success of life.  He was warmly beloved by his friends, who were many, and respected by all who knew him.  As he lived, so he died and his works remain to show the manner of man he was.  In his death Douglas county lost a noble citizen, his friends a stanch companion, and his family a loving and wise father and husband.