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.

     EDWIN B. CHILDS is a retired farmer of Lincoln county.  He has a large estate at Hesseltine, which is rented.  Mr. Childs is well known through the country as one of the early settlers and is a man who has labored very faithfully in the development of the country and in gaining a good holding here.  He was born in Rock county, Wisconsin, on July 20, 1849.  The father, H. G. O. Childs, was born in New York in the early forties where he became interested in the manufacture of farm wagons.  The mother, Barbara (Harper) Childs, was born in the Shetland Islands.  Her people were wealthy farmers in Wisconsin.  After a good thorough education, our subject engaged in the manufacture of carriages.  He followed that until 1886, the year in which he came to Lincoln county.  He settled on a pre-emption, which is now a part of his estate.  He added thereto by purchase, all of which has been put under cultivation and is first class wheat land.  Mr. Childs has spent considerable of his time in Spokane and other places as well as in Lincoln county.  He has the following brothers; W. O., a farmer in Hesseltine; M. L., living in Spokane, and W. H., a mining man of Cedar Canyon.  Mr. Childs started in life a very poor boy, and has gained  his present gratifying holding, entirely by his own industry and wisdom.  He has so conducted himself that he has won the confidence and respect of all and is one of the honored citizens of this county.