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

     WILLIAM C. WILSON was born on August 30, 1847, the son of David L. and Elizabeth (Lundley) Wilson, natives of Virginia.  The father came to Pike county, Indiana, in 1821 and there farmed seventy years, dying there in 1891, aged ninety-eight.  The mother died in Indiana.  The paternal grandfather of our subject was born in Germany and came when young to the colonies and fought through the Revolution.  He died at the advanced age of one hundred and four years.  One son of this venerable man is now living in Humansville, Pike county, Missouri, aged one hundred and five years.  His name is I. C. Wilson and he served through the Mexican war.  Our subject has the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mary M. Jacob, whose husband was sergeant in the Forty-second Indiana during the Civil War and was killed in the battle of Chattanooga; Abraham, who was killed in the battle of Vicksburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Stone; Mrs. Nancy Gillmore; John; Mrs. Amelia Penner.  All those living are dwelling in Pike county, Indiana, except our subject.
     William C. was educated in the common schools and in the spring of 1870 went to Vicksburg Landing, Mississippi, and engaged in raising cotton in the bottoms of the Sunflower river.  A break in the levee caused a flood to destroy his entire crop, consequently he retired to Missouri and took up selling agricultural implements.  Later he engaged under Captain Eads and assisted in the construction of the great St. Louis bridge.  Following this Mr. Wilson had charge of track laying for the M. K. & T., and put down the steel from Venatta to Colvert station, a distance of nearly six hundred miles.  In the spring of 1872 Mr. Wilson was engaged as foreman of a crew in the construction of the Panama canal with Captain Eads, and the next year went through South America.  Returning to Galveston we find him engaged again in railroading and in various places he had charge of track laying until 1880, when he finished from San Antonio to El Paso.  Here the Indians were hostile and the workmen had to operate under a guard of soldiers.  In the spring of 1884 Mr. Wilson came to San Francisco, and later was foreman for David Husher on a large ranch.  In the fall of 1886 we see our subject in Ellensburg, Washington, where again he took up track laying and operated on the Northern Pacific for Hale & Smith, being present at the driving of the golden spike on the western side of the Cascades.  This occurred in May, 1887.  In July, he was in the Siskiyou mountains laying track for Hale & Smith again on the Southern Pacific.  There he constructed the road from Albany to Ontario, Oregon.  Later we see Mr. Wilson in Waterville, where he did farming until the spring of 1894, when he located land south of the Columbia river, opposite Brewster.  After improving with a fine orchard and so forth he sold the ranch in the fall of 1902 and located in Brewster, where he erected a fine residence and opened a harness shop.  On August 8,  1903, Mr. Wilson suffered by fire to the extent of his entire holdings, such as buildings and stock, but he immediately rebuilt and stocked his store.  Mr. Wilson also owns several business buildings in Brewster, which he rents.  He has a good, large stock of harness, saddles and so forth, and in addition to doing new work handles a good repair trade.  He is one of the substantial and leading business men of the county.
     At Ellensburg, on February 26, 1888, Mr. Wilson married Miss Leona, a native of the Willamette valley, Oregon.  Her father, John Hanna, married Miss Mary A. McDonald, and settled in the valley in very early days.  He met his death in a railroad accident at The Dalles in 1883.  The mother crossed the plains when a child with her parents with ox teams and is now dwelling in Ellensburg.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson six children have been born, Madge M., George D., Hester J., Quintin A., Hallie B., and Leona.