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
CORNELIUS ROOKSTOOL, an early settler of Lincoln county, lives on a farm three and a half miles east of Davenport. He was born in Elkhart county, Indiana, October 2, 1850, and was a member of a family of fourteen children, four of whom are now living. His parents were Samuel and Mary (Brown) Rookstool, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Ohio.
Mr. Rookstool grew to manhood on a farm in his native locality, and in 1868 went to Miami county, Kansas, where he was married, November 17, 1874, to Harriet A. Williams, a native of Davis county, Iowa, the daughter of James B. and Sarah (Thomas) Williams. Mrs. Rookstool emigrated with her parents to Adams county, Illinois, then to Miami county, Kansas, in 1856.
In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Rookstool went to California and located twenty miles south of Sacramento, where they followed farming until the spring of 1883, when they came with a wagon and team to Davenport, Washington. There being but few settlers here at that time, Mr. Rookstool had practically the entire country from which to select a homestead. The homestead he filed on is located nine miles southeast of Davenport, but he subsequently sold this homestead and purchased three hundred and twenty acres, where he now lives. Owing to the delicate health of his wife, he removed to Loonlake, Stevens county, where he remained a few years, and where he still has forty acres of land. His farm near Davenport is all fenced and well improved with orchard, good well, windmill, house, barn, outbuildings, and etc. He makes grain raising a specialty.
His secret society affiliations are confined to membership in the Loyal Americans.
Mr. and Mrs. Rookstool have had born to them two children; Sarah A., who died in December, 1886, aged ten years; and Alvin W., born July 23, 1895.
Coming to the country as he did, practically without means, Mr. Rookstool had a difficult time in getting a start in the Big Bend, but at last succeeded in placing himself and family in circumstances of ease and comfort, and all that he has accomplished he owes to nothing but his own industry, integrity, and good management.