Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FRANK L. STANSBURY resides on
his estate, which adjoins Oroville on the east. He settled here in
1892, when the town of Oroville was not yet started. Mr. Stansbury
bought the right of a squatter to the land he now owns and filed a homestead.
He at once began raising stock and has been very successful in that enterprise
Frank L. Stansbury was born June 22, 1861,
in Franklin county, Indiana, the son of Thomas M. and Samantha (Hollowell)
Stansbury, also natives of Franklin county, and now living on the old homestead
there. To them were born seven children as follows: Edward;
Frank L., our subject; Mrs. Estella Morteshead: Pearl A., deceased; Peter;
Joseph R.; and Herbert A. Our subject was educated in his native place,
and grew to manhood on the farm with his parents. At the age of twenty-one
he visited Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri. He then returned
to Mason county, Illinois, and bought a farm. There he remained until
the fall of 1890, when he came west to Centralia, Washington. He
spent some time in that vicinity, but decided that the Okanogan country
would suit him better and consequently came hither as stated above.
After taking a homestead and engaging in stock business, he built a large
hotel in Oroville in the spring of 1893. Later he sold this and gave
his whole attention to raising stock. He has exceptionally good hay
land and his farm is well improved.
Mr. Stansbury married Miss Elizabeth M. Yeardsley,
in Mason county, Illinois. Her parents were Royal and M. Josie Yeardsley,
the former deceased and the latter living in Oroville. To Mr. and
Mrs. Stansbury four children have been born: Earl T., Leslie, Elmer, and
Daisy E. When Mr. Stansbury first came here, there were but few settlers
in this vicinity. He has shown a real pioneer spirit and commendable
industry, and has achieved great success while he is to be credited for
his efforts in upbuilding the country.