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 WALTERS is certainly to be classed as one of the earliest pioneers of the Big Bend country.  There were probably not more than two or three settlers in the whole region when he selected his home place and entered the field of stock raising on these broad prairies.  He now dwells about eleven miles south from Wilbur on a farm of four hundred and eighty acres which is well stocked and in a high state of cultivation.
     Thomas Walters was born in Fulton county, Illinois, on March 13, 1835, the son of John and Elizabeth (Borker) Walters.  The father was born in Tennessee and raised in Alabama.  He served in the Black Hawk war and was a prominent and well-to-do citizen of Illinois in early days.  The mother was born in Illinois, descended from Welsh parentage.  Her father, John Borker, was one of the earliest settlers in Illinois.  He was a prominent and wealthy citizen and was widely known for his philanthrophy and generosity.  Our subject received his education in the common schools of his native state and worked for his father on the farm, until 1859, when he crossed the plains with ox teams to Walla Walla, arriving in that town in August of the same year, it then being composed of a few dwellings, two stores, and one saloon.  Although many poor emigrants were slain by the Indians on the road in 1859, our subject and his train came across safely.  Mr. Walters immediately hired out freighting and continued the same until 1861, when he went to Orofino and began mining.  He made lots of money there, and in 1863 went to Boise in company with his brother, John Walters.  They did well, mining, making as high as eight hundred dollars per day.  In 1865, they sold their mining interests and put forty thousand dollars into freighting outfits.  They transported goods into the mines, receiving twenty-five cents per pound and it is interesting to note that twenty-five cent pieces were the smallest change in that part of the country.  In 1865, Mr. Walter bought a farm in Walla Walla and after freighting some years went there to reside.  In 1874, he came to his present location and no neighbors were nearer than twenty miles.  His trading was all done in Walla Walla, one hundred and twenty miles away.  The brothers of our subject were John W., who was in partnership with William for years and died in this country, in 1900; Joseph, a farmer in Nebraska; Tanney, a wealthy farmer of Illinois.  Mr. Walter has certainly experienced the hardships of the rough days of the early west and has shown commendable effort and wisdom during his long and eventful career, and is now the owner of a comforable and valuable property.  He is well known all over the Big Bend country and is as highly esteemed as he is widely known.