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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.


     PHILO E. SUMMERS is one of the stirring stockmen of Douglas county and has made a good success in this line of business.  He dwells about ten miles north from Ephrata, where his headquarters are and where he has land which produces the hay necessary for his herds.  He has had large experience in the stock business in various sections of the west and is a man well posted in all that pertains to this business.  He is a native of the occident, being born in Benton county, Oregon, on September 6, 1858, the son of Eli and Rhoda (King) Summers, natives of Ohio and Missouri, respectively.  They now reside in Oregon, and crossed the plains in very early days with ox teams.  Philo attended the common schools until fourteen then gave his attention almost exclusively to handling stock for his father until 1883.  Then he went to eastern Oregon, and there engaged in the horse business for himself.  For eight years he followed this line and in 1889 made a visit to Douglas county, Washington.  Returning to Oregon, he disposed of his interests, and in April, 1892, he came hither to settle.  He selected his present place as a homestead and at once began improvements.  During the early years of his residence here he was in the employ of T. S. Blythe and J. F. Beazley.  After this he went to the Yakima country and for two years was engaged with Bounds & Meyers in the stock business.  Then he returned to his home in Douglas county and at once began raising stock for himself.  He has now some fine graded herds as well as excellent well bred horses, among which are some of the choicest animals on the range, and Mr. Summers shows good skill in handling his business.  His brand is I T on the left hip of the horses and I T on the right hip of the cattle.
     Mr. Summers has two brothers, Daniel D., who dwells at Lexington, Morrow county, Oregon, and Otto A., living near the same place.  Mr. Summers was raised under the influence of the Methodist church but does not belong to any denomination.  He is interested in political matters and the general progress of the county and always is found on the side of all improvements.
 
 

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