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.

     FRED C. TYLER. There is no doubt that the most important class of people on the face of the earth to-day are those who till the soil, and some of the finest specimens of humanity are found in this calling.  Douglas county is not lacking in intelligent farmers and stockmen who have made this political division what it is to-day.  Among the leading ones, it is with pleasure that we mention the subject of this article, who resides about six miles southeast of Waterville and is known as one of the leading citizens.  He was born in Sullivan county, New York, on February 27, 1860.  The father was Colonel Rockwell Tyler, a native of Wayne county, Pennsylvania and a man of prominence both in Pennsylvania and New York.  He entered the service in the Civil War as captain in the Fifty-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry and was soon promoted as Colonel of the regiment.  He did valiant and faithful service, for his country in those dark days of internecine strife and was a commander who led rather than sent his men.  After fulfilling his military service, he returned to New York state and was revenue collector for a number of years.  His death occurred on May 27, 1893.  Colonel Tyler married Miss Mary J. Hill, a native of Connecticut, who died in Douglas county, Washington, on October 28, 1898.
     Reverting more particularly to the subject of this article, we note that his early education was gained in Sullivan county, New York.  At the early age of fifteen, he was sent to Connecticut and from that time forward has not only been an active and industrious person but also a great investigator of the questions of the day and a wide reader.  In the spring of 1882, our subject left Connecticut and went to Millbank, Dakota, where he was salesman in the mercantile establishment of J. C. Drake, for three years.  In 1885, he came to Spokane, then journeyed on through Douglas county and later went to Oregon.  After two years of residence in Oregon, he returned to Douglas county and took a pre-emption.  After proving upon this, he located a homestead.  He sold these properties and bought his present place and upon this he has made his home since.  He has a two-story six-room residence, outbuildings, excellent well of water and a good band of cattle.  Mr. Tyler had two brothers, Charles V., deceased, and Ebenezer.
     At Wilmot, Dakota, on June 2, 1884, occurred the marriage of Mr. Tyler and Miss Ida M., daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Anderson) Smith, natives of Ohio and New Hampshire, respectively.  They came to Dakota in 1880.  Mrs. Tyler has the following brothers and sisters, Warren J., Charles A., Mrs. Emily Newhouse, Mrs. Nettie Nancarow, Mrs. Susan Gary, Mrs. Lizzie Drake, Mrs. Helen Stoddard and Mrs. Emeline Reinhart, deceased.
     In religious persuasion, Mr. Tyler is inclined toward the Baptist church, although he is not actively connected with any denomination.  He and his wife are well known and have hosts of warm friends throughout the country.  Mr. Tyler is a man that the people look up to and they esteem him for his worth and wisdom.