Charles (1862 - 1926), John (1863 - 1926), & Wm Walter Yeisley (1869 - 1957) These three sons of William B. Yeisley went to Washington state in 1887 and homesteaded near Lind. Walter was 18 years old at the time and had to wait three years before staking a claim. He worked during the winters helping to build the Oregon Short Line and during the summers he helped his brothers Willard and John clear their land of sagebrush. The three brothers were wheat farmers. John never married and Willard and Walter married late in life and had no children. Walter still held his origional homestead and some wheat land when he died in 1957. The above information was provided to Laura Benson by Ernest Leland Yeisley
The following is from the History of the Big Bend, published in 1905:
William Yeisley homesteaded on land 11 east of Hatton, Wash. He was born April 22, 1869 in Daviess Co., Mo. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Morris Yeisley. They were natives of Kentucky who went to Mo. in the 1850's. Elizabeth died in 1875 in Mo. William died in Galeton(sp.), Mo. in 1905. Their children were Charles, John, Olive, Ida, William W. Luella and (2) others who died in infancy. Wm attended school in Madison and Daviess Co., Mo. At 17. he worked for 2 years on his fathers farm then went to California for three months, then to Washington in 1888. He worked for wages for two years. In The Spring of 1891, he filed a homestead and pre-emption. It consisted of 1040 acres, some wheat, orchard and some cattle. He was a democrat and belonged to the IOOF. He died in Washington.
The next bit of information comes from the History of Adams Co, Washington published in 1986. The information was provided by Eileen Ashcraft.
William Walter Yeisley, a native of Daviess Co., Mo. was born April 22, 1869 to William and Elizabeth Morris Yeisley, natives of Kentucky. They had 8 children, Charles Willard, 1/5/1862, John McClellon, 8/7/1863, Olivia 12/8/1865, Ida,6/18/1867, William Walter, Lois Luella, 6/18/1874, and two, Wily P. 10/16/ and Arthur C. 5/5/1874, who died in infancy. Walt or W.W. gave the following interview a week before he died in 1957: "I had the idea from the time I was a kid that I could find a better place than Mo. My brother, Charles Willard and John W. started out in a covered wagon early in the spring of 1888. Went to Kansas, didn't like it and kept pushing West. First stop of any length was in Denver. I had my mind made up I was going to Wash., so, I wasn't satisfied anywhere else. Had two wagons and five head of horses. By Denver, there were eight and ten wagons. Got to Moscow (Idaho), in 1888. Came to Adams Co. in the spring of 1889. Too young to file on a homestead, so I worked around, mostly in the Palouse country and in a woods camp north of Moscow. Willard and John filed on homesteads in spring of 1889. I now own both of their homesteads. I filed on my homestead in 1891, and still own it. My ranch house is 11 miles straight east of Hatton, 15 miles south and 2 miles east of Lind.."