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.

     DAVID S. ARBUCKLE is rightly numbered with the pioneers of Douglas county, since he came here when all supplies had to be brought from Spokane and no post office was nearer than Ritzville.  He labored through all the years of opening the country, the result of which is that he is now one of the wealthy citizens.
David S. Arbuckle was born in Sterlingshire, Scotland, on February 3, 1870, being the son of Hugh and Elizabeth (Smith) Arbuckle, both natives of Lanarkshire, Scotland.  The parochial schools of his native shire contributed the education of our subject for the earlier years of his life, then he studied in Glascow academy, after which he worked for four years in the designing department of the Napier ship company on the river Clyde.  In 1888 Mr. Arbuckle came to the United States, settling in Spokane.  He remained three months there and witnessed the terrible fire in that city, then came to McEntee, the only settlement on the Grand Coulee.  Here he worked for John Lewis, then took up a pre-emption just southwest from Coulee City.  Later, he was in the employ of George Urquhart of Crab Creek, and of Mr. Blythe.  He also labored for Phillip McEntee and Dan Paul.  During all these years of hard labor, Mr. Arbuckle was very careful to husband his resources and the result was that he soon had a small band of cattle.  By careful attention to business, he has increased his herd until he now has good graded stock of Shorthorn and Hereford cattle, and Percheron horses.  He owns about a section and one-half of excellent wheat land, supplied with good running spring water, and much other property.  In addition to this, Mr. Arbuckle has recently opened a saloon in Coulee City.  Mr. Arbuckle has one brother, Hugh, and one sister, Ellen.  As yet he has never entered the matrimonial state and is one of the jolly bachelors of the Big Bend.