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.
SHERMAN S. BENTLEY resides about seven miles north from
Reardan, where he has rented a wheat farm. He owns property in the
town of Reardan and also owns land on the Spokane river. His attention
is devoted prinsipally to stock, raising mostly hogs, and to general farming
and he is one of the prosperous men of the section.
Sherman Bentley was born in Sullivan county,
Missouri, on April 10, 1865, being the son of C. W. H. and Margaret J.
(Black) Bentley, natives of Ohio. The father moved from Ohio to Indiana
when young and was there married. Then he went to Missouri, in which
place he turned his attention to farming. In 1862, he enlisted in
Company E, Forty-second Missouri Infantry, and served throughout the entire
war, doing the duties of a soldier in a faithful and brave manner.
His death occurred in Lincoln county, on July 7, 1888. Our subject
received his education in the schools of Missouri and when sixteen, it
being 1882, he came with his parents across the plains in a prairie schooner,
landing in Walla Walla in the fall. They journeyed thence direct
to Lincoln county and settled on a homestead. He labored at home
until twenty-two and was then married, Mary E. Warren becoming his wife.
Mrs. Bentley's father was James Warren, one of the earliest pioneers in
the Reardan country.
To Mr. and Mrs. Bentley, the following children
have been born; Lola E., James M., deceased, Iva M., Cora E., Ralph S.,
and Ruth E.
Fraternally, Mr. Bentley is affiliated with
the I. 0. 0. F. He has been closely identified with the interests
of Lincoln county in the earliest days and is known as a substantial and