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
JUDGE RICHARD S. STEINER is a
leading attorney of the Big Bend country and is located at Waterville,
where he has been a moving spirit in various enterprises, always showing
a public spirit and real progressiveness.
Richard S. Steiner was born in Ohio on August
7, 1855, the son of Gottlieb and Mary M. (Steiner) Steiner, natives of
Switzerland and Germany, respectively. They were married in Kenton,
Ohio, in 1854 and now live in Waterville. The father migrated to
the United States in 1837. The first fourteen years of our subject
were spent in Ohio and then the family removed to Indiana, where he remained
until 1883. After some time spent in study in the district schools,
he went to the Valparaiso normal, after which he took a degree from the
law department of the Michigan university, graduating in the class of 1883.
Immediately after his graduation, he came to Colville and taught school
for a time. The following year, Mr. Steiner came on to where Waterville
now stands and took a claim at the foot of Badger mountains. Soon
after, he was elected county auditor, running on the Democratic ticket
opposed to B. L. Martin. At the close of that term, he was re-elected,
running against Charles P. Peach. In 1888, he was appointed clerk
of the district court and after the expiration of this term, he became
interested in the First National Bank, being associated with Seattle and
Waterville capitalists. The bank was organized in 1891, Mr. Steiner
being first president, and continued until 1898, when voluntarily it suspended
operations. When the Douglas county bank was organized, Mr. Steiner
was installed as cashier, continuing until 1900 in this capacity.
At that date, he took up the practice of law actively and since then has
continued in the same, also doing considerable real estate business.
Mr. Steiner owns various property, among which is a good business block
in Waterville and other town property. His brothers and sisters are
named as follows, Frank S., Otto, Gottlieb E., Elizabeth Lockwood, Helena
Robbins, Celesta Porter, Sevilla McMillan, Anna Stanway, and Mattie.
At Deedsville, Indiana, on April 9, 1883,
Mr. Steiner married Miss Emma Lockwood, who was born in Indiana, in 1861.
Her parents are Daniel and Mary (Baine) Lockwood, natives of Delaware,
and now deceased. Mrs. Steiner has three brothers, Frank, Chalmers,
George, and two sisters, Ellen Anderson, and Julia Morris. Mr. and
Mrs. Steiner have three children; Frank, aged seventeen; May, aged fourteen,
Bessie, aged eight, but now deceased.
Mr. Steiner is a member of the I. O. O. F.
and the A. F. & A. M. Mrs. Steiner is a member of the Presbyterian
church. They are leading people and stand exceptionally well in the
At the convention of the Democratic party
held at Bellingham Bay, on August 2, 1904, Mr. Steiner was nominated as
judge of the Superior court for the counties of Douglas, Chelan, Okanogan,
and Ferry. Notwithstanding the fact that the Republicans were largely
in the lead and Mr. Steiner was and always has been a stanch Democrat,
he was elected by a handsome majority. The Republican candidates
usually received from fifteen hundred to two thousand votes in the majority.
This unmistakably evidences the esteem in which Judge Steiner is held among
the people, and the stability, integrity, probity and high sense of honor
which characterize him vouchsafe an administration of justice at all times