William S. Cagle(photo) was born near Rome, Georgia, on May 7, 1847, the son of Benjamin and Porthena (Jinks) Cagle, natives of Georgia and of German ancestry. They were the parents of fourteen children, five of whom are living, as follows, Francis E., Benjamin F., Elizabeth J., and Blackstock. The parents remained in Georgia until the time of their death, being prominent and well educated people.
Our subject was receiving his education in Madison county, Georgia, when at the age of sixteen he enlisted under General Joseph E. Johnston of the rebel army, serving eighteen months as a sharp shooter. He participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Stone river, Atlanta, and Savannah, finally surrendering to General Sherman in April, 1865, at Greensboro, North Carolina.
Following that he returned home for eighteen months, then went to Tennessee. After a two years' residence there he went to Texas and two years later came back to North Carolina where he lived fot thirteen years. He came to Washington in April, 1885, locating in Whitman county on a farm, and remaining for six years. In 1892, he took his present homestead, four miles east from Colville, where he has remained since.
Mr. Cagle has a valuable farm, and thirty acres of it are devoted to a first-class orchard, which produced over three thousand boxes of marketable apples last year. He does general farming besides and handles stock, having some thorough- breds.
On September 14, 1874, Mr. Cagle married Miss Sarah E., daughter(photo) of Captain James and Sarah E. (Anderson) Ray, natives of North Carolina. Captain Ray served in the Union army. Mrs. Cagle has three brothers, Wellington, Hamilton, and John W., and one sister, Althea, deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Cagle ten children have been born, named as follows: Jesse L., married to Elizabeth, daughter of L.W. Myers; Altha, married to Lee Finch, of Okanogan county; Anna, married to Henry Oakes of Colville; Marcus D.; John B.; Francis, deceased; Charles M.; Agnes; Bertha, deceased; and an unnamed infant, deceased.
Politically, Mr. Cagle is a strong and active Republican and has always taken great interest in the affairs of the community, where he has lived. He has held various county offices and is a man of reliability. Fraternally he is a member of the A.F. and A.M., while in religious persuasion, he belongs to the Baptist church. His wife belongs to the Methodist church.
In addition to his other labors, Mr. Cagle is now operating a new threshing machine and is skillful in this line. Mr. Cagle has made a great success of the fruit business and his orders and shipments are now for car load lots, which greatly enhances the profit. His 1903 crop of winter apples was more than five thousand boxes of marketable fruit.
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