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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.


     CHARLES M. SPRAGUE, one of the leading and well known stock men of Douglas county, has his headquarters about seven miles south from Coulee City.  He was born in Sagadahoc county, Maine, on January 16, 1858.  His father, William Sprague, was also a native of Maine and descended from an old New England family of renown.  The mother, Jane (Morrison) Sprague, was born in Maine.  Charles M. studied in the common schools of the lumber state and his early life was spent on the farm.  At the age of seventeen he shipped on a merchant steamer that was doing a coast trade and for two years he sailed before the mast.  After that, he went into the butcher business at Bath and one year later, disposed of his interests and turned his attention to ship building.  He learned the ship joiner's trade in the employ of William Rogers and for five years wrought there.  Then he desired to see the west and so disposing of his interests in the east, journeyed toward the setting sun until he arrived in Washington.  He at once selected his present place and took it by government right.  Then he entered the employ of George Urquhart and two years later began raising stock for himself.  He progressed very nicely until the winter of 1889-90 when the severe storms and wind swept his entire band of cattle and almost all his horses away.  He purchased other stock and began once more the business of raising cattle and horses.  He has now a fine band of well bred horses and cattle and is one of the prosperous stockmen of the entire country.  In 1894, Mr. Sprague was elected commissioner on the Republican ticket and did excellent service for two years, being instrumental in having the indebtedness on the county wiped out by bonds.  Mr. Sprague has the following brothers and sisters: George A., who came to this country with our subject and is now a joint owner with him in the stock business; Franklin P., a lawyer in Bath, Maine, who represented Sagadahoc county in the state legislature when twenty-two; William L., a mechanic at Bath; Bradford, living on the old homestead in Maine; Mrs. Martha L. Percey, living in Portland, Maine; Mrs. Alonzo Kitridge, living in Bath, Maine; and Mrs. Clara Bowker in Boston, Massachusetts.
     Mr. Sprague is a member of the A. O. U. W. and a genial and capable man.
 
 

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