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.

    SILAS A. PEARL resides about three miles northwest from Waterville, where he has a nice large estate which is devoted entirely to small grains and hay for his stock.  Mr. Pearl handles from fifty to one hundred head of stock annually and owns over a half section of pasture land on the mountains.  He also has a good residence in Waterville where the family live a part of the year.
     Silas A. Pearl was born in the Willamette valley, Oregon, on September 16, 1856.  His father, James Pearl was a native of Ohio and descended from English ancestors.  He crossed the plains with ox teams to the Willamette valley in 1852, settling on a donation claim near Brownsville.  Our subject was educated in the public schools of the valley and when the parents moved to town, operated the home place until 1886.  That was the year in which he came to the vicinity of Waterville and took a portion of his present place as a homestead.  Since that time, he has been actively engaged in general farming and stock raising and in addition to the cattle mentioned, he has a band of horses and about fifty hogs.  Mr. Pearl also owns a threshing outfit and does threshing for the valley.
     He has two brothers, Redman and Sherman and two sisters, Florence M. Steward and Henrietta McDaniels.
     At the home of the bride in Halsey, Oregon, on March 4, 1882, Mr. Pearl married Miss Ella R. Raider, a native of Linn county, Oregon.  Her father, Archibald Raider, came across the plains in 1846 with ox teams and is now deceased.  He married Drusilla Summers, who still lives at Halsey.  Mr. Pearl has one brother, Thomas and two sisters, Martha Irving and Linnie Tyler.  To Mr. and Mrs. Pearl three children have been born, Ethel I., aged twenty; Arlie A., aged eighteen, and Riley M., aged three.
     Mr. Pearl is a member of the I. O. F., and the W. W., while in political matters, he is a strong Republican, active and well informed.  They are good people who have labored faithfully and successfully to make Douglas county what it is today, also gaining good competence for themselves.