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.
FIELDON LOGSDON is one of the
oldest settlers in the vicinity of Odessa. In fact, there was but
one other settler in this part of Lincoln county when Mr. Logsdon came
here in 1889. He gave his attention to general farming until 1900,
when he bought out the Odessa Hardware and Mercantile Company. He
entered into partnership with L. P. Zimmer and F. J. Guth. They opened
a very extensive hardware store and carry a full line of implements.
Their store is provided with all conveniences, and the firm is doing a
large business being well known in this portion of the county.
Fieldon Logsdon was born in Columbia county,
Washington, on December 10, 1867, being the son of Joseph H. and Martha
(Fuqua) Logsdon, natives of Kentucky. The father crossed the plains
in 1863 with teams and located on a farm in Columbia county, where Starbuck
now stands. Later he moved to Walla Walla county and there owned
a ranch, which he sold in 1888. He has now retired from business,
spending the golden years of his life in the enjoyment of the returns his
labor has provided. The mother of our subject crossed the plains
with her husband and was his constant companion until her death in the
spring of 1887.
Fieldon was educated in the district schools,
then completed a course in Whitman College. In 1889, he took a homestead
near where Odessa now stands and shortly thereafter came to reside with
his family here. He owns four hundred and eighty acres of fine wheat
land, which is well improved with buildings, orchard, fences and so forth.
He has a good residence in Odessa and a one-third interest in the mercantile
business mentioned above.
In 1887, Mr. Logsdon married Miss Clara E.
Ridout, who was born in Jasper county, Iowa. To them, four children
have been born, Alva H., Elsie H., Violet T. and Madge D., deceased.
Mr. Logsdon has held various offices of public trust and is now state councilman
at Odessa. He is vice grand of the I. O. O. F. at Odessa and is a
popular and respected man.