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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     GEORGE SCHAFER is a prosperous farmer residing nine miles south of Ritzville, where he owns nine hundred and sixty acres of well improved and cultivated land.  He has his entire farm fenced, two wells which supply an abundance of water, and a first-class orchard.  He came to the place in 1891 and filed on eighty acres since which time he has purchased land from time to time until the tract has grown to the extent noted above.  He came to the county a poor man, and for the first few years he found it necessary to hire himself out on wages in order to make a living.  He now rates as one of the well-to-do farmers of Adams county.
     Mr. Schafer was born in Northern Russia September 23, 1853, the son of Conrad and Margaret (Haddow) Schafer, natives of Russia, in which country they lived until coming to America in 1877.  They located in Nebraska, and eight years later came to Walla Walla, where the father is now living.  Our subject is a member of a family originally numbering six children, who, besides himself, were: Conrad, Jacob, Margaret, Katie and one who died in infancy .
     Mr. Schafer began his education in a church school in his native country.  He came to America, Nebraska and to Walla Walla with his parents, and after receiving a fair common school education started in life for himself.  His first work was on a railroad, and from that occupation he entered the business of farming in Klickitat county.  He came to his Adams county homestead in 1891.
     In 1874 occurred the marriage of George Schafer to Margaret Weiderman, daughter of Conrad and Margaret Weiderman, and to this union five children were born.  Mrs. Schafer died in 1884, and four years later our subject was married to Katie Leignar, daughter of John and Christina (Reinhart) Leignar, natives of Russia, in which country the father died, and the mother still lives at the age of seventy-seven years.
     This union has been blessed with one child, Samuel, who lives with his parents.
     Mr. Schafer is an active Republican, and with his wife, is an ardent member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
 
 

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