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.

     PETER WALSH.  Before Lincoln county was organized, the gentleman of whom we now have the pleasure to speak, had made his home in the territory now embraced within its precincts.  He took a homestead about two miles northeast from Reardan and devoted himself to farming.  Realizing the great future of this country he continued to hold his land although he took numerous journeys to other sections.  In 1888 he went to Summit county, Colorado, and engaged in mining and sawmilling.  For several years, he followed this industry but finally in 1893, came back to the old homestead, which he considers one of the choice places of the county.  Mr. Walsh has given his attention to farming since returning here and is now one of the prosperous and well-to-do men, highly respected and of excellent standing in the community.
     Peter Walsh was born in Depere, Wisconsin, in June, 1853, being the son of James and Ella (Dollard) Walsh, natives of Ireland and now deceased.  The father followed gardening in Wisconsin until his death.  Our subject received his education in his native state and then was apprenticed to learn the wagonmaker's trade.  He followed this until he was twenty-four years of age then journeyed west to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and there wrought at his trade until 1882, the year in which he settled on his present homestead.  Mr. Walsh is one of a family of four; Michael, living in California; Peter, the subject of this sketch; Patrick, living at Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Mary McDonald, living in Wisconsin.  In addition to the farm, Mr. Walsh owns a residence and other property in Reardan.  He has never seen fit to try the uncertainties of the matrimonial sea but is contented with the quieter joys of the celibatarian.