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.

     JAMES W. EARLES is a member of the Davenport Trading Company (incorporated) which conducts the largest department store in the city and one of the largest in Lincoln county.  He is universally regarded as one of the substantial and reliable citizens of his county.
     In Lawrence county, Ohio, he was born July 6, 1851, the son of William and Arty (Brammer) Earles, both likewise natives of the state of Ohio.  The family of which Mr. Earles is a member originally included eleven children, seven girls and four boys, four of the girls now being dead.  Of the boys, the subject is the youngest.  He was born and reared on a farm, and received a finished common school education.  December 15, 1876, he was married to Julia A. Smith, daughter of John and Harriet (Johnson) Smith.  Mr. Smith is still living in Lawrence county, Ohio, his wife having passed away.
     During the spring of 1888 Mr. Earles came to Washington, stopping first at Walla Walla, where he remained until autumn when he came to Lincoln county and engaged in farming near Davenport.  He acquired a tract of four hundred acres of land, and in conjunction with the tilling of the soil he also conducted a herd of stock.  In 1900 he disposed of his interests, removed to Davenport and engaged in his present business.  He is at this writing treasurer of his company.  The store room of the Davenport Trading Company is fifty by ninety feet in dimensions and conveniently divided into departments.
     Both Mr. and Mrs. Earles are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They have one daughter, Verda B., who is now the wife of August Huck, residing in Davenport.