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 of Larene.
     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.