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.

     JOHN F. CAGLE, who resides at Earl postoffice, has been postmaster there for twelve years.  He is one of the pioneers of this country and has made an excellent record in his labors here since the days when settlers were scarce and the prairies were the abode of the coyotes.  He was born in Benton county, Tennessee, on February 22, 1853, the son of John H. and Frances J. Cagle, natives of South and North Carolina, respectively.  The father was a millwright and moved to Massac county, Illinois and there remained until his death in 1899, being then aged sixty-five.  He was the oldest of a family of ten children, whose names follow, John H., Henry, William, George, Leonard, Charles M., Thomas B., David H., Delila, Sallie, and Mary.  The last three are deceased.  The mother of our subject is now living in Massac county aged seventy-seven.  John F. is the eldest of seven children, James A., William J., Jackson, Mrs. Sarah J. Young, Mrs. Tennessee B. Aaron, and Mrs. Lizzie Warwick.  Our subject was nine when the family went to Massac county and there he gained his education.  Later he went back to Tennessee, then moved to Arkansas, and when twenty-one journeyed to Missouri.  In Cedar county, of that state, on December 9, 1875, he married Miss Flora, the daughter of Miles and Martha (Hardesty) McMillen, and a native of Gentry county, Missouri.  The father served all through the Civil War and died in Lincoln county, on March 12, 1891.  The mother died on January 4, 1902.  Mrs. Cagle has the following named brothers and sisters, Mena C., Mrs. Eva Simmons, deceased, Charles E., and George A.  After marriage, Mr. Cagle removed to Arkansas again and later returned to Missouri.  Mrs. Cagle had been employed in teaching school previous to her marriage in Missouri.  In 1883, Mr. Cagle fitted out teams and with his wife, and three children started west accompanied by his wife's people.  They intended to go to New Mexico but owing to various reasons changed their minds and journeyed to the Big Bend country instead.  It was a good choice and the results show they did well.  Five months were consumed in this trip but in due time they reached their destination and Mr. Cagle selected the place where he now lives and filed a homestead in November, 1883.  Few settler were here then and it required no small amount of determination to take a family into the wilds.  They were all brave, though, and went to work with a will, which has resulted in a success to be envied.  Mr. Cagle has added to his lands until he now has fifteen hundred and twenty acres, five hundred of which produce wheat and the balance is used for pasture.  All improvements necessary to carry on the farm successfully and make it comfortable and attractive have been added, and Mr. Cagle intends to make this his home for life.  He also has a goodly number of stock and is wealthy.  Six children have been born to bless the home of Mrs. Cagle, named as follows; Laura D., wife of William Hildreth, of Hillyard, Washington; Luman A., attending the normal at Cheney; Walter J.; Annie J., and Lester.  Mr. Cagle and his wife are members of the Church of Christ.  During the hard times of 1893 and proximate years, Mr. Cagle spent considerable time in prospecting in Stevens county, this state, and has some very promising properties in the Cedar Canyon district.  Of late years he has taken up special studies and is paying close attention now to phrenology, magnetism and hypnotism, as well as to other of the occult sciences.