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.
FRED L. WATSON is owner and manager
of the Creston roller mills. This is one of the important industries
of Lincoln county and has been built by the subject of this article.
The plant is fitted with all the latest improved milling machinery and
has an output capacity of four hundred barrels per day. Mr. Watson
is a practical business man and has demonstrated his ability to handle
large industries, being possessed of the happy faculty which enables him
to grasp the outlines of business yet allows no details to escape his notice.
Fred L. Watson was born in Michigan, on March
5, 1862, the son of J. B. and Kate (Fryant) Watson, natives of New York.
The father was a prominent and influential citizen in Michigan and held
various offices of trust. Our subject received his education at Valparaiso,
Indiana, there gaining the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1885. After
finishing his college course he went to the farm in Michigan and turned
his attention to the cultivation of the soil until 1892, when he came to
Washington. He soon located at Creston and commenced buying wheat.
In this business he was prospered until 1892, when he erected the mill
spoken of above and continued in buying wheat and handled the milling business
Mr. Watson is one of the well known business
men of Lincoln county and has established for himself a very enviable reputation.
In 1895, Mr. Watson married Miss Anna, daughter
of August Lillengreen, a native of Minnesota. To this union one child,
Beatrice, was born in 1899.