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.

     JOHN WESLEY SETTERS was born in Sullivan county, Missouri, September 11, 1858; came to Washington with his parents in 1879; and is now living on a farm three and a half miles northeast of Reardan.  His father is Peter Setters, a sketch of whose life is given elsewhere in this history, and his mother is Elizabeth E. (Warren) Setters.  The parents are now residing in the town of Reardan, where they lead a life of retirement from active business.
     John W. Setters was given a liberal education in his younger days, while he lived on a farm.  After coming to this state he was employed by the Northern Pacific railroad in its construction work between Spokane and Missoula, Montana.  After leaving this work he purchased a piece of railroad land, which he subsequently disposed of to his father when he purchased a quarter section of school land in 1891 upon which he has since made his home.  His land is all suitable for agricultural purposes, and is in a good state of cultivation and well improved.
     In fraternity circles he is identified with Big Bend Court, No. 55, Foresters of America.
     John W. Setters was married to Emma Byrd, a native of Chariton, Iowa, July 6, 1889.  Mrs. Setters' parents were Richard and Mrs. Byrd, the mother's maiden name being Russell.  She died quite early in Mrs. Setters' life, and the father has since been married to Mary Martin.  Mr. Byrd is a native of Kentucky.  He is a veteran of the Mexican War, and came to Reardan in 1886, where he still makes his home.
     Mr. Setters began life for himself as a poor young man, working on the railroad for a start.  He is now quite well-to-do, and has made himself all that he now owns.  Having lived in this vicinity since 1879, he is a man of wide acquaintance, and is highly spoken of wherever he is known.