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.

     DAVID VINYARD is now enjoying a good livery business in Sprague. He has suitable buildings, a good stock of horses and rigs and enjoys a good patronage. He is a man popular in the community where he resides and he has been thrice elected city councilman, also city marshal one term. In these capacities, Mr. Vinyard has manifested the same wisdom and good judgment that characterizes him in his private enterprises.
     David Vinyard was born in Roanoke county, Virginia, on May 16, 1858. He was the son of J. H. and Mary (Howell) Vinyard, also natives of Roanoke county, Virginia. The father followed contracting and met his death as a prisoner of war during the Rebellion. The mother died in November, 1901, in Virginia. Owing to the deprivations of the war, our subject had little opportunity to gain an education, but improved what he had with a diligence and very early in life went to work to support himself. While still young, he went to Maryland and then in 1877 went to Nevada. There he rode on the stock range, drove stage, handled stock and did various other things. His advent to Washington was made while driving a band of horses north, and soon thereafter he came to Spokane. He wrought at various occupations and for a time did a transfer business in Sprague. After that he operated a transfer line in Spokane, then in 1900 started his present business. He has succeeded very well in his enterprises and is still handling his patronage in the line named.
     On February 5, 1893, Mr. Vinyard married Mrs. Mary Conlee, the nuptials occurring in Sprague. Mrs. Vinyard has two children by her former marriage, Roy and Edna. The family home is a nice cottage at the corner of First and E streets, which is surrounded by a beautiful lawn. Mr. Vinyard has always been a very active participant in politics in every sense of the word as it is usually understood and is always prominent in the campaigns. The Democratic party is his political home and he well knows how to expound the principles of his faith. Mr. Vinyard was the leader of the men who took the county records from Davenport during the struggle for county seat. He was in Nevada during the Piute uprising in 1897 and in company with Jack Berry took a dangerous journey of inspection right into the Indian country. Mr. Vinyard is classed as one of the early pioneers of Sprague and is well and favorably known.