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 F. WILL is at present county assessor at Waterville, which office he has acceptably filled for some time.  He is also engaged in stock raising and general farming, having a fine estate about six miles southeast from Waterville.  He has labored in Douglas county with energy and wisdom for many years and has not only secured a good holding of property but also the good will and esteem of all who may have the pleasure of his acquaintance.
     Charles F. Will was born in Vinton county, Ohio, on January 19, 1862, the son of George B. and Helen A. (French) Will, natives of Philadelphia and Connecticut, respectively.  The father followed merchandising and also served in the United States army.  Our subject was educated in the common schools and later studied in the high school at McArthur, in his native county.  At the early age of twelve he stepped out into the world to do for himself and soon went to Nodaway county, Missouri, and there lived with an uncle for four years.  In 1878 he made a visit to his former home and the next year he went with his uncle to Fort Scott, Kansas, and there farmed for one year.  Returning to Missouri, he worked on the farms for wages for three years, then moved to the vicinity of Kearney, Nebraska, and there farmed until the spring of 1885.  Then came a journey to Washington, and on December 14, 1885, he filed on a homestead where his residence is at the present time.  He has improved it splendidly and has it all in a high state of cultivation.  Good buildings of every kind needed are in evidence and he has added by purchase until the estate is now four hundred acres.  In addition to handling the farm, Mr. Will has also given attention to stock raising and has at the present time one hundred and sixty head of cattle.  When he first came here, Mr. Will worked for John W. Stephens, and while in labor about the sawmill he had the misfortune to lose his left hand.  The nearest medical aid was in Spokane and thither he journeyed to get the member attended to.  After his recovery, he was retained by the company as bookkeeper and in the spring of 1891 he was chosen deputy assessor of the county.  Following that service, he was again on the farm, where he took the oversight of his business until 1900, when he was called by the people to the office of assessor of the county.  The next term he was elected by two hundred majority, an increase of ten over his former term.  He was the only Republican on the ticket who was favored with election, which demonstrated beyond a doubt his popularity with the people.
     Mr. Will has one brother, Joseph K., and two sisters, Mrs. Henrietta K. Drake, and Mrs. Eugene Hoyt.  At Kearney, Nebraska, on November 4, 1884, Mr. Will married Miss Mary E., daughter of Campbell and Polly Engle, natives of Kentucky.  Mrs. Will was born in Nodaway county, Missouri, on September 24, 1862.  Mr. and Mrs. Will have four children: Claud C., born April 26, 1886; Frederick R., born March 23, 1888; Arthur L., born May 19, 1893; and Helen G., born March 18, 1901.  Mr. Will is a member of the Maccabees and is a popular and first-class man.
     Mr. Will remarks that when he first came here he had two trunks and a wife.  Owing to the excellence of his helpmeet and his own energy and ability he has transformed the two trunks into a fine estate, a large holding of stock and is attended with much prosperity.