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.

     THOMAS G. STEVENSON is one of the most widely known pioneers of eastern Washington.  In the fall of 1879 he came with a team and wagon from Nevada to Spokane Falls, now the city of Spokane, which at that time contained only a few primitive frame and log houses.  He came thence to Lincoln county, then practically unsettled, and located a homestead one and a half miles east of the present Reardan townsite.  He has now four hundred and eighty acres of choice grain land, good buildings and improvements and a fine orchard.  Upon his advent here he engaged at once in farming and stock raising.  Having at that time only $2.50 in money and three horses, he of necessity started in on a small scale, and naturally experienced many hardships and difficulties in gaining a foothold.  However, he worked hard and to advantage, so that he now lives a life of ease and retirement, devoting his time to the collection of rents from his farm and city property, the latter consisting of five tenement houses and one brick business block in Reardan, and in the general management of his business affairs.
     Mr. Stevenson was born June 5, 1852, in Quebec, the son of Robert and Isabella (Gray) Stevenson, both now dead.  He grew to manhood on a farm and acquired a good education.  In the spring of 1869 he went to New York, and from there sailed to San Francisco, by way of the Panama route.  After spending some time among the various mines in California he went to Nevada where he was employed in the Comstock and other famous mines, of one of which he was for a time foreman, remaining there until coming to this state.
     On February 16, 1896, occurred the marriage of Mr. Stevenson to Emma Tramm, a native of Wisconsin, daughter of Peter and Mary Tramm, a sketch of whose lives is to be found elsewhere in this volume.  This union has been blessed by three children, Irene Ethel, Wallace G. and Herbert Franklin.
     Mr. Stevenson is a Democrat politically, and has held for a number of years the office of county commissioner of Lincoln county.  He is actively and prominently identified with the Maccabees, the Rebekahs and is past noble grand of Reardan lodge, I. O. O. F.
     He is a man of integrity and of the highest standing, business, social and political, wherever he has been known.