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.

     RALPH PURCELL is one of the younger men whose industry and thrift have accumulated good holdings in the Big Bend country.  He resides about three miles northwest from Lamona on a half section of land, a portion of which he secured by homestead in 1898 and the rest by purchase.  It is a well improved farm provided with buildings and other necessaries and is handled mostly to wheat.  Mr. Purcell has a young orchard situated on his place and everything about the premises shows an air of thrift that commend very favorably the owner in his labors.
     Ralph Purcell was born in Lewis county, Washington, on December 11, 1872.  His father, Albert P., was born in Ohio and crossed the plains to Washington with ox teams in the early 'sixties.  He located in Lewis county and gave his attention to farming, steadily following that occupation on the same place until 1901, the year of his death.  At that time he was ninety-one years of age and had won for himself great respect and esteem from all the old pioneers of Washington territory as well as those who knew him in later years.  The mother of our subject, Susan (Lyons) Purcell, was also born in Ohio and accompanied her husband across the plains in the early pioneer days.  She still lives in Lewis county.  Our subject was educated in the public schools of his native country and labored with his father on the farm until 1898, when he came to his present location and took a homestead as stated above.  He has gained everything that he owns from his labors as he started with no money and has shown wisdom, integrity, and uprightness that have won for him many friends.  He is very favorably known in this community and stands well.  Mr. Purcell has the following brothers, James, Benjamin, Elwood, John, Grant, and Albert.  He also has one sister, Emma, a stenographer in Portland.