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 enterprising citizen.