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.

     ANSEL BALDWIN is one of the men to whom Lincoln county may point with pride, as he has not only gained a nice competence for himself and family, but has so conducted himself in his pilgrim way that he has the confidence and good will of all who know him.  He is now in the golden years of his life and is spending them amid the surroundings which he has seen built up and with friends and relatives who made the journey a pleasant one.
     Ansel Baldwin was born in Chautauqua county, New York, on April 21, 1835, the son of Aaron and Permelia (Chamberland) Baldwin, natives of Warren county, New York, and Litchfield, Connecticut, respectively.  The father died in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, in 1882 and the mother died in the same county in 1873.  Ansel was educated in the public schools and when twenty we find him in Iowa operating a blacksmith shop.  In 1857, he went to Kansas as a freeman, and in 1859, took the dangerous and trying trip across the plains, to California.  Learning of the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, he returned thither and began the business of manufacturing drilling tools which he continued until 1870, when he became an oil producer himself.  In1880, he came to Walla Walla and seven years later he journeyed to Lincoln county and bought his present home ranch.  It lies about five miles west from Sprague and consists of four hundred acres.  For a time he operated it as a dairy ranch, and then turned his attention to raising wheat.  In this labor he has been very successful and has accumulated a fine property.  In addition to the home place, he has a farm in Adams county and also another in Lincoln county.  At the present time, Mr. Baldwin is more retired from the activities of life and is enjoying the competence that his labor has
     On September 3, 1874, in Pennsylvania, Mr. Baldwin married Miss Adelia A. Cauvel.  Her father, John Cauvel, was born in Center county, Pennsylvania, and there followed farming until retired from more active life.  He is now residing there. He has served several terms as commissioner and assessor.  He is aged seventy-seven.  His wife is still living, aged seventy-four and she, also, is a native of that county.  To Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin four children have been born, Howard S., John A., and Orvin C., all deceased, Arthur A., who is now at home.  He has taken a course in the college in Pullman.  Mr. Baldwin came to this country with very little means and has gained his property by care and labor, always guided with excellent wisdom.  He has won and retains the esteem and confidence of his fellows, and is a man of good qualities.  He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and the K. P.  Mrs. Baldwin is a member of the Rathbone Sisters.