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 I. DOTSON lives on a farm
seven miles north of Mondovi. He was born March 5, 1853, in Louisa
county, Iowa, the son of Bazzle and Mary (Davidson) Dotson, early day settlers
in Iowa. The father was born in Pennsylvania, and the mother in England,
coming to America with her parents as a child. They raised a family
of fourteen children, all of whom grew to maturity on a farm and received
good business educations.
Mr. Dotson was married December 3, 1885, to
Alice Sprinkle, also a native of Louisa county, the daughter of John and
Mary (Johnson) Sprinkle.
The couple lived in their native county and
state until coming to Davenport in the fall of 1890. Mr. Dotson has
one sister in Davenport, Mrs. Sarah J. Turner, with whose son, Mark, he
is in partnership in a farm of one hundred and sixty acres where he makes
his home. The land is all good grain land and is well improved and
equipped with regard to buildings, orchard, farming implements, stock,
and so forth. A good well and windmill are on the place, the water
from which is pumped into the house and barn. Mr. Dotson also owns
a quarter section of agricultural land six miles southwest of Almira.
Mr. and Mrs. Dotson have two children: Maud,
wife of Walter Peters, of New Richland, Minnesota; and John B. Dotson,
living with his parents. They are members of the United Brethren
Although coming to the county without means,
and since having to labor under heavy expense, Mr. Dotson built up his
affairs until he is no longer a poor man, but is so situated as to be able
to live and keep his family in comparative ease and comfort, and he enjoys
the trust and respect of his neighbors due to a man of his honor and genuine