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
ANTOINE GUIBERT is among the
prosperous and successful business men in Waterville. He is at the
head of a large jewelry establishment and is doing a very thriving business.
His business is located in a handsome brick structure, and the stock is
the most complete in the Big Bend country. He also owns a residence
in Waterville and one of the finest sections of land in the county.
The land lies about five miles north from Waterville, and is all under
Antoine Guibert was born in Paris, France,
on January 17, 1861. His father, Antoine Guibert, was born in southwestern
France and died when our subject was four years of age. He came from
a prominent French family and was a very extensive traveler. He had
married Miss Barthilda Honvanx, a native of Dunkerque, France, the marrriage
occurring in Paris. After the death of her first husband, Mrs. Guibert
married Charles Rousselle, paymaster of the army in the Franco-Prussian
war and a man of ability and education. He has since died and she
is now living in Waterville. When twenty, our subject came with the
balance of the family to the United States, settling in Council Bluffs,
Iowa, where he completed his education. Later they moved to San Francisco.
Our subject came on to Ellensburg and the step-father came later.
In the spring of 1886, Mr. Guibert came to this part of Douglas county
and took land and in 1890 all of the family came hither. In 1891,
our subject opened his present business and since that time has been steadily
engaged in the same, with the exception of a short period immediately following
the depression of the early nineties. During those days, he and his
wife visited in Belgium and on July 4, 1897, located a second time in Waterville.
Politically, Mr. Guibert is a Democrat and
has been a member of the Waterville City council for some time. Fraternally,
he belongs to the A. F. and A. M., having been secretary for two years.
At Brussels, Belgium, on May 30, 1891, Mr.
Guibert married Miss Maria Michaels, George W. Roosevelt, uncle of our
president, and United States consul at Brussels at that time, witnessed
the ceremony. Mrs. Guibert's parents were natives of Belgium and