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.
LEE M. JOYNER is one of the respected
men of Lincoln county and also one of its wealthiest citizens. His
magnificent estate lies about five miles east from Odessa and is one of
the finest in the entire Big Bend country. It embraces sixteen hundred
acres of choice wheat land and returns annually a most handsome dividend.
The farm is provided with everything needed on a first class Washington
estate and is handled in a very becoming manner by its proprietor.
His residence is one of the best in the county and Mr. Joyner has shown
excellent taste and skill in laying out and keeping up the estate.
Lee M. Joyner was born in Louisiana, on October 25, 1861. His father,
Columbus Joyner, was born in Kentucky and moved to Louisiana during the
Civil War. He was a veteran of that conflict and died in the service.
The mother, Susan (Davis) Joyner, was born in Missouri and went with her
husband to Louisiana when a girl. Her father was a very wealthy and
prominent planter. Our subject was educated in the public schools
of Missouri and Kansas. His mother moved back to Missouri when he
was still a young child and his boyhood days were passed in that state
and Kansas until 1874. In that year, he settled on a stock ranch
in Cassia county, Idaho, being occupied there for four years. In
1878, he made a trip to the Black Hills in Dakota and spent one year there.
Thence he journeyed to Kansas where he was engaged in tilling the soil
for a few years. From that place he returned to southern Idaho and
took up stock raising again. In 1890, he landed in Lincoln county
and took government land and also bought railroad land. He turned
his attention to raising horses and also handling some cattle for a number
of years, then sold his stock interests and bought land enough to make
the large estate mentioned above. Since then, he has given his entire
attention to raising the cereals and has made a fine success in this line
of endeavor. Mr. Joyner has won the respect of the people and is
a very popular man. He and his wife have four children, Lena, Roy,
Myrtle and Bernice.
Mr. Joyner is a member of the Maccabees and
a progressive and public-spirited man. He has always manifested a
lively interest in educational matters and in the upbuilding of the country,
having done much in these lines.