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 M. STAPISH is a leading business man at Hartline.  He carries a full line of undertaking goods and agricultural implements and does a very thriving business.  He was born in Chelsea, Michigan, on May 25, 1862.  His parents, Michael and Emma (Franz) Stapish, were natives of Germany.  The common schools of Michigan furnished the educational training of our subject and he continued there until he had completed the high school course.  Then he learned the butcher trade and remained in Michigan until twenty eight years of age.  It was in 1890, when he first came west and settled on a homestead about five miles south of Hartline.  He turned his attention to farming and improved the place in good shape, then sold the property.  After that, he bought a section of very choice wheat land just south from Hartline, which he owns at the present time.  The estate is provided with a fine two story residence, barns and so forth and is one of the choice ones of this section.  Mr. Stapish oversees this estate and gives his time almost entirely to conducting his business.  In 1891, he graduated from the Spokane college of embalming and is very expert and successful in this line of work.  Mr. Stapish has given much study and careful investigation to perefcting himself in this art and he has gained great proficiency.  He holds a state license.
     Mr.  Stapish has four brothers and two sisters, Frank, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, Mrs. Leonard Binder and Kate.
     At Hartline, in 1896, occurred the marriage of Mr. Stapish and Miss Maggie, daughter of David and Phemia (Bonham) Utt, natives of Ohio and Wisconsin, respectively.  Mrs. Stapish was born in Wisconsin, on November 6, 1855.  She has six sisters, Nora, Mrs. Emlie Mason, Mrs. Charles Gage, Mrs. Thomas O'Neal, Mrs. James F. Harris and Mrs. James Winfrey.
     Mr. Stapish was raised in the Roman Catholic church, and is a well respected and substantial citizen.