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.

     IDA WHITESIDE.  Everyone who resides in the northern portion of Lincoln county knew Michael Whiteside, one of the prominent and highly respected citizens of the Big Bend country.  He came here in early days and wrought with great skill in acquiring property and in the upbuilding of the country.  He succeeded admirably.  Owing to his geniality and accommodating ways, he was exceedingly popular and had hosts of friends.  His death occurred in 1902.  The home estate is one mile south of Hesseltine, where his widow, the immediate subject of this article, resides.  She was born in Missouri, the daughter of Josiah and Nancy (Mahar) Spencer.  The father was a native of Virginia and came to Missouri when a young man.  He settled there and became a prominent and well to do miller.  The mother of Mrs. Whiteside was born in Ohio.  Her people were wealthy and influential.  Mrs. Whiteside came to Oregon with her parents when a child and received her education in that state and in Washington.  In 1888, she married Michael H. Whiteside, a native of Illinois.  She shared with him the pioneer life in the west until his departure.  During this time they accumulated a large estate of sixteen hundred acres, divided into four first class farms, each of which is supplied with all buildings, improvements and equipment as needed.  At the time of his death, his property was valued from twenty-five to thirty thousand dollars.  To them were born the following children, Mrs. Mary Vanburen and Jesse Whiteside.
     Mrs. Whiteside is now residing in a beautiful house, one mile south from Hesseltine.  It is of modern architectural design, commodious, and well finished.  The surroundings are pleasant and tasty, while a beautiful orchard, running water in the yard, and other desirable things make it one of the choice rural abodes of the Big Bend.