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.

     RICHARD J. WATERS resides about five miles north from Waterville on an estate of two hundred acres, the title to which he secured by homestead right and by purchase.  From the raw prairie, Mr. Waters has made one of the best farms of the section.  It is  now all under cultivation, well fenced, wisely laid out and is provided with all necessary improvements.  In addition to general farming, Mr. Waters has gone very extensively into fruit raising and has now at least thirty-five acres set to leading varieties of trees.  This is one of the best orchards in central Washington and is kept in most excellent shape, Mr. Waters going on the motto that what is worth doing at all is worth well doing.  The fruit is largely apples, apricots, and cherries.  The leading varieties of apples are Black Ben Davis, Missouri Pippins, Winesaps, Jonathans, Senators, Apples of Commerce, and of cherries Royal Ann, Rag, and General Wood.  Without doubt, Mr. Waters has shown himself one of the leading orchardists of the country and we may well look for large returns from his labors.
     Richard J. Waters was born in Mercer county, Illinois, on March 4, 1857, the son of Aron P. and Eliza (Stroup) Waters.  The former born in Ohio and the latter in Indiana.  Aron P. Waters was one of the pioneer settlers in Kansas and in 1862, when the call came for men to fight for the stars and stripes, he enlisted among the volunteer troops under Captain Harlow.  His service was largely in Missouri, against General Price and he received his honorable discharge at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, at the close of the war.  Mr. Water's regiment made a good record and for days did much hard fighting.  Our subject was educated in the common schools of Illinois, and in Kansas completed the high school course.  At the age of fifteen he departed from home and soon thereafter began work on a farm in Pike county, Illinois, where he remained until 1877, then journeyed to Minnesota, settling in Stillwatter.  Sawmilling occupied him for some time there, after which he moved to Kansas City and tilled the soil until he went to Wyoming a year or so later, where he took up railroading.  He remained there until July, 1881, then came on to Idaho then settled across the river from where Payette now stands, being the locator of the town.  In the spring of 1884, he came to this county and took a portion of his estate as a homestead.  In addition to the property above mentioned, he has some lots in Waterville and is a very prosperous farmer and orchardist.
     Mr. Waters has the following brothers and sisters, Thomas, James, Charles, William, Mrs. Lincoln Hamilton, Mrs. William Frederick, and Mrs. Frank Lyon.  The marriage of our subject and Miss Hattie L. Clement, occurred at Payette Idaho, on December 27, 1882.  Mrs. Waters' parents are James and Lucy (Hayes) Clement, natives of Michigan and Ohio, respectively.  She was born on July 12, 1866 in Allegan county, Michigan and has one brother, Roswell, and one sister, Mrs. Edna Boyd.  Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Waters, Grace D., on September 27, 1887; Belva L., on June 12, 1889; Madge H., on September 30, 1893; Richard J., on September 10, 1895 ; and Newton D., May 27, 1897.  All are natives of this county.
     Politically, Mr. Waters is satisfied with the principles of the Republican party and in local matters, he maintains an independent position, always preferring to vote for the man, not the party.