W. S. Parsons, a native of Missouri, was born on the place where he now resides, in the year 1855. At the age of twenty-three he went to California, and farmed one year in Sonoma County. He then went to San Francisco, and from there to Portland, Oreg., by steamer, visiting in turn the cities of Vancouver, Dallas City and Walla Walla. Later, taking a mustang pony, he crossed the country, going north, at that time a veritable wilderness. He finally arrived at Spokane Falls. where he stayed about nine months, and after traveling through part of Idaho and the northeastern portion of Washington Territory, and finding no land to suit him, he returned to San Francisco, and from there to Healdsburgh, from which place he returned home to the old farm. His father, who came to Missouri in 1839, married Miss Sarah A. Wilkerson, daughter of James G. and Elizabeth (Smith) Wilkerson, pioneers of Cooper County. His grandfather, Thomas Parsons, who died in 1851 in Kentucky, at the age of one hundred and two, served in the Revolutionary War under Gen. Washington. Our subject is one of a family of six children: Betty (Baughman), Andrew, Sallie, James, W. S. and Joseph. In politics Mr. Parsons is a Democrat. He is a member of Lodge 117, A. F. & A. M., at Versailles.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.