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.
WILLIAM STOOKEY is one of the
pioneers of Lincoln county and has shown himself possessed of those stanch
qualities of integrity and energy which leave wrought out for him in this
vale a fine competence, while his standing in the country which has grown
up around him, is of the very best.
William Stookey was born in Illinois, on March
24, 1872, the son of Allen J. and Susan (Louderman) Stookey, who are mentioned
elsewhere in this volume. His opportunity for education was very
limited as he came with the family to this section when still young and
the frontier is not usually filled with schools. This spot in Lincoln
county was as well favored as is usual, and young Stookey was enabled to
secure a few weeks of educational drill during some winters. The
rest of his time was spent in handling the farm work with his father and
later in life he worked the estate for his father. Being guided by
sound wisdom and the counsels of a sagacious father, Mr. Stookey invested
in land, buying three-fourths of a section about four miles southeast from
Wilbur, where his home is at the present time. He has a fine farm,
good improvements, some stock, and is a prosperous and well to do citizen,
who has the high esteem and good will of all.
In 1898, Mr. Stookey married Miss Phoebe,
daughter of John and Susan (Waters) McCarty, natives of Pennsylvania and
Illinois, respectively. The father was a pioneer to Illinois and
a substantial citizen. To Mr. and Mrs. Stookey two children have
been born, Trilby L., and Allen V.