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
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.