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.

     B. J. DESPAIN, who dwells adjacent to Edwall, was born in Cloverdale, Lane county, Oregon, on July 6, 1862, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hardesty) Despain, natives of Illinois.  The father came to Oregon in the fifties and engaged in sheep raising in the Western part of the state.  He died many years since.  The mother is still living at Prosser, Washington.  Our subject spent his early life in Oregon and there received his educational training.  When twelve, his father having died before that time, he went with the family overland to Arizona and drove cattle all the way.  For four years, he remained there working at various occupations then came back with a band of horses to Dayton, Washington.  He lived in Whetstone hollow near Dayton, on a farm for four years after which he moved to Asotin county and filed on a pre-emption.  Sometime was spent there then he made a trip to the territory now embraced in Lincoln county.  In the same year, he took a homestead where he now lives.  To this he has added by purchase until he now has three hundred and seventy-five acres of choice wheat land.  The same is in a high state of cultivation and supplied with with plenty of good buildings and other improvements. Mr. Despain has labored faithfully since coming here and although he has had to endure many hardships in the earlier days he has now won a success that places him among the wealthy people of Lincoln county.  His entire holdings have been gained through his own wisdom and labors.
     On January 1, 1890, in Lincoln county, Mr. Despain married Miss Mattie Service, a native of California.  To them four children have been born; Della aged thirteen; Elmer aged ten; Vernie aged eight; and Bessie three.  Mrs. Despain's parents came to Washington in 1879.  In addition to farming, Mr. Despain has raised a great deal of stock and handles considerable at the present time.  He has traveled a good deal and believes the Big Bend country one of the choicest sections of the entire west.  Mr. Despain has three sisters, Mrs. Jacob Lumpp, Mrs. Edith Lile, and Mrs. Dora Justus.
     Fraternally, Mr. Despain is affiliated with the Maccabees.