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.

     E. C. LANTER, M. D.  Creston is to be congratulated in securing as a resident this talented and skillful physician.  Just entering the prime of life, Dr. Lanter has demonstrated himself to be a thoroughly proficient man and master of the arts of medicine and surgery.  The high standard demanded by the public in physicians is fully met in every particular in Dr. Lanter.  A man of integrity and uprightness, thoroughly imbued with a high sense of honor and the deep responsibility of his stewardship, the doctor has inspired in the public a confidence in his wisdom and ability as a successful physician.  In addition to this, Dr. Lanter is a thorough student and possessed of a keen perception and force which he brings to bear in his studies.  This has marked him as a man of excellent ability.  In fact, Dr. Lanter is a man who is thoroughly abreast of the advancing times in medicine.  He has one of the finest equipped offices in the county and as is to be expected is handling a large practice.
     E. C. Lanter was born in Green Forest, Arkansas, on June 16, 1878, being the son of C. F. and Mattie (Ross) Lanter, natives of Knoxville, Tennessee and Dardanelle, Arkansas, respectively.  The father was mayor of Vernon City, Texas, and held other offices of prominence, being an influential man.  The mother's father was a professor in the Arkansas Industrial University.  After graduation from the high school in Green Forest our subject entered the Marion Simms college at St. Louis.  Due time was spent in training there and in 1896 he matriculated in the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee.  He received his degree of Doctor of Medicine and at once entered upon the practice at Green Forest.  He soon had a very large practice on his hands but in July, 1900, he determined to come west and accordingly in that year, located in Creston.  From the beginning, Dr. Lanter had a good practice and is now considered one of the leading physicians of this part of the county.
     In 1903, Dr. Lanter married Miss Ella Vivian Frazer who was born in Slayton, Minnesota, on May 30, 1879.