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
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.