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 H. LITTELL. Among
the settlers of the log cabin period of Lincoln county, were Charles H.
Littell, wife and family, who, together with Mrs. Littell's parents, came
across the plains from Missouri, in the summer of 1881. Mr. Littell
was born in Michigan, February 10, 1857. His father, Aaron Littell,
a man of French descent, was a native of New Jersey, who made his home
successively in Michigan, and in Buffalo county, Wisconsin, at which latter
place he died. His mother, Mary (Brown) Littell, also a native of
New Jersey, died in Emmet county, Iowa.
Our subject was the youngest of nine children.
With his parents he went from the state of his birth to Wisconsin.
After his father's death, in 1865, the family emigrated to Iowa, thence
to Atchison county, Missouri, where Mr. Littell was married, March 9, 1879,
to Arminda Brink, a native of McDonough county, Illinois. Her father,
Thomas Brink, also was a native of McDonough county; her mother, Mary (Bolan)
Brink, was born in Ohio.
As has been stated, Mr. and Mrs. Brink accompanied
their daughter to the vicinity of Mondovi, where they made their home and
where both died, Mrs. Brink December 31, 1900, aged sixty-four, and Mr.
Brink seventeen days later, aged sixty-seven. They had eleven children,
seven of whom are living. Mrs. Brink's brother, Andrew Bolan, was
well known in this section as being Indian agent on the Yakima reservation,
and was murdered by the Indians in the early history of the state.
Mr. Littell first settled on a place five
miles out from Mondovi, where he lived nineteen years, then removed to
the present home of the family, seven and a half miles northeast of Mondovi.
Here he has three hundred and twenty acres of land, well improved and stocked
with carefully bred horses, cattle and swine.
Mr. and Mrs. Littell have been parents of
six children; Pearl M., wife of Oliver Plews, in Deer Park; Gilbert C.;
Myrtle G., wife of Warren Owen; Charles M., deceased; William M., deceased;
and Ray M.
Mr. Littell was reared on a farm; nevertheless
he succeeded in acquiring a good common school education, as did also his
wife. They are devout Christians, holding membership in the United
Brethren church, and are known throughout a wide circle of acquaintances
for their many good qualities, and correctness of living. They have
in past years had a hard struggle for a livelihood, and have had probably
more than their just share of adversity, but are now prosperous and able
to live in happiness and comfort.