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.

     ALVARO L. CORBALEY resides about one mile south from Waterville and in addition to doing general farming, preaches the gospel.  For sometime he has been one of the prominent evangelists of the Church of God.
     He was born in Marshall county, Indiana, on January 1, 1862, the son of Richard and Jane (Croco) Corbaley.  The mother was born in 1827, in Holmes county, Ohio, being of Dutch extraction, and is still living.  The father was a native of Indiana, being the first white child born in Marion county.  He held various county offices in Marshall county, was editor of the Plymouth Banner, and also engaged in the practice of law.  For the last forty-eight years of his life he was a very prominent minister of the Church of God.  His death occurred at Waterville, on July 16, 1903.  Our subject received his primary education in the district schools of Indiana and completed the same at Healdsburg Institute, of California.  At the age of eighteen he went to the mines in Butte county, California and spent two years in prospecting, without material success.  After this, he was occupied in railroad service for a year and a half.  It was in 1884, that he accompanied his father to Douglas county and at that time he located on a quarter section of land where he now lives and which he has brought to a very high state of cultivation.  Mr. Corbaley also raises and handles stock.  He has the following brothers and sisters, John A., William G., Frank R., Platt M., and Marie C. Oppenheimer.  William G. is a prominent financier of California, but has recently on account of his health, retired from more active duties.  He lives in Berkeley and began life as an engine wiper.  He rose steadily through every department to be superintendent of the road, which position he held for many years.  He was also a superintendent of the San Francisco Harbor Improvement Company and also of the San Francisco Terra Cotta Company.
     At Waterville, on July 22, 1888, Mr. Corbaley married Miss Annie M., daughter of George W. and Jane (Hand) Gard, natives of Ohio and Tennessee, respectively.  Mrs. Corbaley was born in Lake county, California, on June 6, 1871 and has the following brothers, Isaac, Rees, James A., and Arthur.  She also has two sisters, Martha Kelsey and Estella Pierpoint.  To Mr. and Mrs. Corbaley five children have been born, named as follows: Paul W., on September 7, 1890; George R., on January 19, 1893; Glenn A., on September 16, 1897; Annie R., on June 5, 1899; and John, on June 3, 1903; all born in this county.
     Mr. and Mrs. Corbaley are both members and active workers in the Church of God and have a large circle of friends throughout the country.