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.

     SAMUEL R. COMER.  The industry and assiduous labors manifested by the subject of this article during a long and eventful career are worthy of especial mention in the volume that has to do with the leading citizens of the Big Bend country.  His life has been one of activity, in which he has invariably been guided by sound principles and unswerving integrity.  Much of his time has been spent on the frontier and Mr. Comer is possessed of those sterling qualities which make the typical pioneer.
     Samuel R. Comer was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, on August 12, 1834, the son of Masten and Susan (Pinkley) Comer.  The father was a Kentuckian and labored as a farmer during his life.  For thirty years he was an honored elder of the Christian church in Monroe county.  The mother was born in North Carolina and was a devout and faithful christian woman.  When Samuel was still young, his father died, and he was left with the extra burden of assisting his mother provide for twelve fatherless children.  He secured an education as best possible under those trying circumstances and faithfully remained with his mother until 1861, being then twenty-seven years of age.  Then came the call for men, good and true, who would carry the banner of freedom to victory against the minions of treason.  Young Comer was quick to respond and enlisted in the Fifth Kentucky Cavalry, where he served his country for three years and seven months.  During this time he participated in the battles of Nashville, Chickamauga, and many others.  He was also with Sherman in the memorial march to the sea and ever displayed those virtues and qualities which make the brave soldier.  He was advanced from private to corporal and later to the position of regimental quartermaster.  Following the war, Mr. Comer settled to industrial pursuits and in 1870 went to California.  For ten years he wrought there as a farmer and miner, then came to Lincoln county in 1880.  He took a homestead and timber culture claim six miles east from where Harrington now stands and made that his home until 1895.  Then he removed to Chelan and in 1900, came thence to Creston, where he is making his home at this time.
     In 1857, Mr. Comer married Miss Elizabeth York, a native of Tennessee.  Her parents were Andrew and Louisie (McCormick) York, natives of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively.  To this union three children were born, Clayton M., Arcenie B., and Samuel.  In 1867, Mr. Comer was called to mourn the death of his wife.  In 1868, he married a second time, Miss Amanda A. York, a sister of his former wife, becoming his bride.  Their issue are, Joseph F., Bettie J., Mary E., Thomas P., Mattie S., Viola V., and Grover C.
     Mr. Comer assisted to survey the land near Harrington in 1881 and he has done many labors for upbuilding and substantial improvement in this county, where he is now spending the golden years of his life in the quiet enjoyment of the competence which his skill has provided.