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.
WILLIAM HENRY CAPPS is a native
of Yolo county, California. He now resides one mile north from Reardan,
on a farm of one hundred and eighty-five acres, which has been his home
place for nearly twenty years. The farm is devoted to grain raising
and pasture and he handles considerable stock together with his other work.
He has come to be one of the influential and respected citizens of this
country, with the distinction of having assisted with the worthy band of
pioneers to open up this fertile region.
William H. Capps was born on May 6, 1858.
His parents, J. S. and Elizabeth (Morris) Capps, were pioneers to Lincoln
county and are mentioned elsewhere in this volume. The earlier days
of Mr. Capps' life were spent in California and he remained with his father
until twenty-one, then worked out at various occupations in the northern
part of his native state until 1882, when he went to Nevada, taking up
the stock business. From there, he came to Lincoln county, Washington,
taking a homestead where he now resides. He has added more by purchase
since and has improved the farm until it is one of the valuable and desirable
ones of the county.
In 1890, in Reardan, Mr. Capps married Miss
Mary, daughter of J. Q. and Nancy (Kidd) Reynolds, natives of North Carolina.
The father came to Missouri in early day and from there in 1888, journeyed
with his family to Lincoln county. He was a veteran of the Civil
War. Mrs. Reynolds died several years since. Mrs. Capps was
born in Missouri. Mr. Capps came to this country with very little
means and has gained his present holding by his industry since. With
excellent practical judgment, he has decided that the Big Bend country
is one of the best sections to be found in the west, and he has become
one of the substantial and respected men in his precinct. He is a
member of the I. O. O. F. and past grand.