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 NEWTON KELSO, a native of West Virginia, was born on September 18, 1863, the son of Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Milslagle) Kelso, natives of West Virginia.  The father served in the war of the Rebellion and has since died.  The mother is still living in West Virginia.  They were the parents of nine children, Sallie, Roberta, Ida, Laura, John N., Albertus, deceased, Gilbert, Edward, and Olive.
     John N. spent his early days in West Virginia where he received his education.  When nineteen years of age, he went from there to Woodford county, Illinois and farmed.  One year later, he went to Collins county, Texas, where he was engaged in farming and riding the range.  For two years, he worked there then made a visit back to West Virginia and remained one year. It was 1889, when Mr. Kelso came to Tacoma and worked at the carpenter trade for three years.  During this time, he spent six months in the Methodist University and completed his education.  We next see him in North Yakima farming, after which he settled about a mile southeast from Reardan and has since been occupied in raising grain.
     On February 16, 1893, Mr. Kelso married Miss Maggie Stevenson, a native of Wisconsin.  She has one uncle, T. G. Stevenson, living in Reardan and her parents are dwelling five miles south from Tacoma.  Mr. and Mrs. Kelso are parents of four children, Blanche, Gilbert, Garner, and Floyd C. Mr. Kelso is a member of the Odd Fellows and his wife belongs to the Rebekahs.  They are both very favorably impressed with the Big Bend country and although Mr. Kelso has traveled very much, having crossed the continent five times, he says the Big Bend is the best country he has ever been in. He owns a quarter section, which is well improved, and also rents four hundred and eighty acres besides.  What he possesses now is the result of his labors as he started in life without any capital whatever.  He is a man of good standing and of substantial qualities.