Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     PETER L. FILER, who is one of the earliest settlers in the Methow valley, is today one of the prominent men of the valley and also one of its prosperous farmers and stockmen.
     Peter L. Filer was born in Dallas county, Texas, on April 9, 1862, the son of Jacob and Martha (Bacies) Filer, farmers in that county.  Our subject received a good education from the common schools, and remained with his parents until he was grown to manhood.  Then came a period of ranching for himself, and in 1885 he erected a cotton gin, which he operated successfully at Mesquite, Texas, for some time.  After that we see Mr. Filer on the road for an agricultural implement house, and in 1887 he came to Washington.  For a short time he remained in Kittitas county and then sought out his present place, about five miles east from Twisp.  He has one hundred and sixty acres, well improved, and largely sown to alfalfa.  In addition to this Mr. Filer has another quarter section in the valley, which also is alfalfa land and which is well improved.  He has comfortable buildings on both places and a well assorted orchard for home use.  Mr. Filer also raises stock and is one of the leading men of this section.  He is a stockholder in the Okanogan Record at Conconully, and a man who takes great interest in the welfare of the community.
     In Wise couty, Texas, in 1881, Mr. Filer married to Miss Emma F., daughter of Benjamin and Amanda (Sweet) Cole, farmers of Dallas county.  One child, Ernest E., was born to this union.  In 1885, at Mesquite, Texas, Mr. Filer was called to mourn the death of his wife.  On July 3, 1896, Mr. Filer married Miss Bertha, daughter of M. G. and Eliza (Nickell) Stone, who now dwell on Bear creek, in Okanogan county.  To this marriage there have been born the following children, Ora Belle, Imogene and an infant girl unnamed.  Mr. Filer is a member of the W. 0. W. and the Order of Washington and for eight successive years he has been clerk of his school district.
     Mr. Filer was the first mail carrier from Ruby to Silver, over the Loop Loop trail.  This was in the winter of 1889.  After that he contracted to carry the daily mail from Brewster to Winthrop.  He is a man of excellent principles and has won for himself hosts of friends.