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.

     JOSEPH SARASIN is a farmer residing five miles north of Davenport.  He was born in St. Johns, Canada, January 16, 1850, the son of Levi Sarasin, also of Canadian nativity and French descent, and Mary (David) Sarasin.
     He was the third in age of a family of thirteen children, and grew to manhood on a farm.  In 1868 he came to the United States, remaining for a time, respectively, in New York, Michigan and Minnesota.  He worked on the construction of the eastern terminus of the Northern Pacific railroad, and came west to Virginia City, Nevada, in 1873.  Here he was employed in the mines until he came to California the year following.  In the latter state he worked for five years in the employ of F. A. Hihn, and in 1879 he came to Walla Walla from San Francisco by way of Portland and the Columbia river.  He located on his present farm in the month of June, 1879, and was among the first settlers of the Big Bend.  He came to the country with limited means, and embarked at once upon the business of tilling the soil and raising stock with such eminent success that he now owns an excellent grain and stock farm consisting of four hundred and eighty acres, a section of timber land on the Spokane river, and stock and cattle to an extent which places him on the list of Lincoln county's wealthy men.
     In 1902 Mr. Sarasin took an extended trip back to his old home and other eastern points, to return to his adopted county with the firm conviction that this is the most desirable section on the American continent.