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.
CHARLES GILLETT is a well known
and enterprising citizen of Reardan. He dwells in the central part
of the town where he owns twenty acres of fine land devoted almost exclusively
to gardening and dairying, carrying on the former industry quite extensively.
Mr. Gillett is a man who takes a keen interest in public improvements and
the development of the country and is a participant in political matters
and alive to all the questions of the day.
Charles Gillett was born in Ohio, on March
5, 1862, being the son of Wesley and Matilda (Pasco) Gillett, natives of
Ohio and New York, respectively. They were pioneers of the Buckeye
State, and are still dwelling there. Our subject was educated in
his native state and started for himself at the age of fifteen. He
followed various occupations until 1888, when he came to Yakima county,
Washington, and settled eleven miles from Yakima. From that place
he moved to Lincoln county and bought two acres of land adjoining Reardan.
That was his first home and he has increased his holdings by purchase as
stated above. Mr. Gillett has a good residence, fine barn, buildings,
windmill, and other improvements, and has a very tasty and well-kept place.
On June 3, 1888, in Newton county, Missouri,
Mr. Gillett married Miss Mary A. Roffy, who was born in Marion county,
Ohio, on October 12, 1867. They have one child, Ralph, aged fourteen.
Mrs. Gillett spent her girlhood days in various places, being in Colorado,
Texas, and finally locating in Missouri when sixteen. Her parents
were farmers. Mr. Gillett and his wife came to Washington from Missouri
in wagons, consuming twenty-two weeks on the road. We find in Mr.
Gillett a most ardent worker in educational lines, and in fact, in improvements
in general of every kind in the community, and he is respected as an energetic,
progressive and upright man.