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.

     VOLNEY J. LONG, who is now living a retired life in Sprague, was born on September 7, 1819, in Fentress county, Tennessee.  His father, John Long, was born on September 28, 1775, in North Carolina.  In 1830 he moved to Morgan county, Illinois, and in 1833 to Iowa, where he died on October 22, 1840.  He was a first cousin of General Andrew Jackson.  The mother of our subject, Letitia (Scott) Long, was born on October 16, 1781, in North Carolina, and died August 8, 1865, in Warren county, Illinois.  She was a cousin of General Winfield Scott.  Our subject left Tennessee with his father at the age of eleven and drove ox teams to Illinois.  When fourteen he went with his father to Washington county, Iowa.  Owing to the father's sickness, Volney J. took a trip clear to Illinois to bring his mother and shortly after his mother's arrival, the father died.  The widow gathered her little belongings together and took the trip back to Illinois with ox teams and there remained until her death.  Our subject being the eldest, labored to support the family and remained at home until 1842, then went to St. Louis where he joined a company sent out by the American Fur Company.  They went up the Missouri river to the last trading post, then journeyed inland and trapped and hunted for twenty-three months.  They had many encounters with the Crow Indians and overcame other dangers and hardships.  Mr. Long rode from there on horseback to St. Louis and then enlisted at Berwick, Illinois, in an independent cavalry for the Mexican War.  He was rejected on account of having dislocated his arm, then he enlisted in the infantry and was rejected a second time.  Then he took his own horse and arms and joined the Texas Rangers.  He was in all the hard skirmishing and fighting of that famous organization and after the war, returned to Illinois where he farmed.  In 1856 Mr. Long went to California via Panama and two years later took a position as second engineer in a Mississippi steamer.  Later, he was on the New Grenada, a Gulf steamer that plied to the West Indies.  He returned home to Iowa and in 1861 took a position as wagon train boss on the plains and made twelve round trips in that capacity from the Missouri river to Denver.  In 1874 Mr. Long started to the Willamette valley, Oregon.  Later came to Walla Walla, and in 1880 settled in the vicinity of Sprague.  Since that time he has been one of the progressive men of Lincoln county and has accumulated much property.  He owns a beautiful residence in Sprague and other property, besides farm lands.  While he is retired from active business, he is at this time deputy sheriff of Lincoln county and a very competent man in that capacity.  Notwithstanding the fact that Mr. Long is eighty-five years of age, he has the strength of a man not over fifty and moves with an agility and firmness that are truly remarkable.  He has no difficulty in mounting any steed and apparently is as robust today as in the days when he traveled over the plains.  His career has been exceedingly remarkable and no doubt reminiscences of his adventures would make a most interesting and thrilling volume.  Mr. Long states that the finest horse that he ever owned, is one that he stole from the Crow Indians.  He rode the animal from St. Vrain, far up in the Dakotas, to St. Joe, in thirteen days and sold him the next day after landing for one hundred and twenty-five dollars.
     Mr. Long has seven sisters and two brothers.  All are deceased except his brother John L., who is now living on the old homestead in Illinois that his father took in 1833.  On January 19, 1848, Mr. Long married Miss Mary M. Napier, the daughter of Patrick and Margret Napier, both now deceased.  The father was born in Virginia and died in Iowa, in September, 1849.  To Mr. and Mrs. Long five children have been born, Samuel M., Ophelia M., deceased, Mrs. Mary E. Baugh, Mrs. Estella McGinnis, and Volney J.  Those living are all at Sprague.  Mr. Long is a member of the Grangers and is a genial, whole-souled, progressive man.  Very few men of this world have a career equal to that of Mr. Long and it is with great pleasure that we have been privileged to grant an epitome of the same in this connection.
     In June, 1903, a thousand dollars' worth of horses were stolen from Mr. Long's pasture.  Although he is a deputy in the sheriff's office, the efforts he has been enabled to put forth together with the sheriff and others, have not yet located the thieves or found the property.