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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.


     WILLARD A. WILSON, attorney at law, and from 1903 to 1905 deputy sheriff of Lincoln county, and residing at Davenport, was born in Iowa, April 2, 1876, the only son of John D. and Belle (Perkins) Wilson, the former a native of New York and the latter of Indiana.  The ancestry of the father were Scotch and direct descendants of Old King John, and the mother is descended from a family long known and respected both in Indiana and in Pennsylvania.
     Our subject was born and raised on a farm, and attended country school until the age of sixteen years, when he entered Ellsworth College at Iowa Falls, Iowa.  The following year he took a complete course at the Iowa Business College at Des Moines, Iowa, and the next year found him taking a short-hand course at the Pernin Short-hand institute at Detroit, Michigan.  He afterwards taught school for several terms and then entered Dixon College, Dixon, Illinois, where he finished the normal and scientific courses obtaining considerable prominence as a debator and speaker on questions pertaining to politics and political economy.  After leaving Dixon he taught school for a couple of years in Iowa and then came to Washington where he again taught school, at various places in Douglas and Lincoln counties, working on ranches during vacations, and reading law when not otherwise employed.  Afterwards he entered the law department of the State University at Seattle, and took the bar examination with the first graduating class, being admitted to practice June, 1901.  He followed his profession in Davenport and Edwall for about one year, when he was appointed deputy sheriff by J. J. Inkster.  Previous to this time he had been a consistent Republican worker, and had represented his precinct and county both in county and state conventions and as committee-man of Edwall precinct earned an enviable reputation.
     Our subject has two sisters, Bertha M. and Mabel E., both of whom reside in Iowa.
     Fraternally, Mr. Wilson is both a Blue Lodge and a Chapter Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a Modern Woodman.
     He is quite popular and stands well among those who know him best.
 
 

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