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.
JAMES A. SLATER was born in the
Shetland Island, September 2, 1863, and came to Illinois with his parents,
John and Margaret Slater, as a child, and for nine years made his home
in Chicago, where his father worked at the carpenter's trade, and then
removed to a farm in Kankakee county, Illinois. The father and mother
are now living a retired life in Hersher, in the above named county and
state. The brothers and sisters of Mr. Slater are, Charles, William,
George, Mrs. Maggie Avery, Frank, and Mrs. Agnes Topliff.
James Slater was reared on a farm, and in
early manhood came to Davenport, worked for a salary for a time, then located
the homestead where he now lives. He was married, June 14, 1893,
to Jessie McCallum, a native of Macoupin county, Illinois, daughter of
James and Janet (McKerral) McCallum, a sketch of whose lives is to be found
elsewhere in this history.
Mr. Slater has in cultivation his own one
hundred and sixty acres, upon which he has a handsome house, good outbuildings
and improvements, and five quarter sections of land which he rents, a total
of about nine hundred and sixty acres which he is farming. His farm
is well supplied with animals and implements, and he is making a success
of the business. He is a member of the Maccabees, and the W. W.;
and both he and Mrs. Slater are affiliated with the Presbyterian church
To Mr. and Mrs. Slater have been born four
children, George E., Glen A., Annie J., and Agnes A.
Mr. Slater is one of the substantial and highly
respected citizens of Lincoln county.