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 STEPHEN FRANS came to his present homestead, four and a half miles northwest of Egypt, in the year 1880, being among the first settlers in this vicinity, while his family was the first one to permanently locate here.  They have one hundred and sixty acres, all of which is suitable for cultivation, well improved and abundantly stocked with all necessary domestic animals with which to successfully carry on the business of farming.
     John S. Frans was born in St. Charles county, Missouri, May 9, 1844.  He was the son of James M. and Frances (Farmer) Frans, natives of Virginia.  The mother is dead, and the father, who is eighty-nine years of age, is living in Throckmorton county, Texas.  Mr. Frans is the eldest of a family of six children, the other members of which are: Mrs. Elizabeth Thorp, in Throckmorton county, Texas; Mrs. Susan V. Anderson, of Oklahoma; William, in Oklahoma; Mrs. Nancy Barber, of Texas; and James B.  The last named was a soldier in the Philippine War.
     At an early age our subject accompanied his parents to Grayson county, Texas, subsequently lived in different parts of the Lone Star State, and finally settled in Throckmorton county.  He was brought up on a farm, and in the fall of 1861 joined the Texas Rangers, with which company he spent the period during the Civil War on the frontier fighting Indians.  During this time he was in many hand to hand battles and innumerable skirmishes, and at one time while at home on a brief furlough withstood single-handed a band of thirteen of the warlike savages which had attacked his home with the intent to massacre the family.
     In 1874 he went to the country tributary to the river Brazos, where he hunted buffalo, bear, deer and other wild animals.  Five years later he started with his family to drive to Walla Walla, and finally arrived after much difficulty, principally caused by the Indians.  The journey consumed six months, and it was in the early autumn when the family arrived at its destination.  They spent the winter of 1879 near Waitsburg, and came to their present home the following summer.
     Mr. Frans was married February 11, 1866, to Mary Sutherlin, a native of Clay county, Illinois, and daughter of William and Mary (Young) Sutherlin, born in North Carolina and Indiana, respectively.  The former was a millwright, and died in Texas.  The mother came to this country with her son, with whom this sketch has to deal, and died in 1886, in her seventy-fourth year.  She and her husband were parents of a family of eleven.
     Mrs. Frans has one brother and two sisters, James D. Sutherlin, Mrs. Minerva Duncan, and Mrs. M. M. Sofland.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Frans are; William, married to Laura Von Schriltz, in Egypt; Stephen A., a railroader with the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company, and married to Winnie Foster; Cordelia J., wife of William Sillman, of Spokane; James D. and Webster, deceased; Frances A., wife of W. T. Duncan, at Milan, Washington; Carroll Howden, who is living at home; Cora L., wife of Henry Mints at Larene, Washington; and Oscar, deceased.
     Both Mr. and Mrs. Frans are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and the family is one of the most highly respected in the community.