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.

     CHARLES M. BARBRE resides about five miles north from Creston and is known as one of the leading farmers and most substantial citizens of this part of the county.  He was born in Washington county, Virginia, on April 1, 1867, being the son of Peter J. and Mary A. (Sherwood) Barbre, natives of Virginia.  The father moved to Tennessee when a child.  He was a mechanic in early life but in later days followed farming.  He is a veteran of the Civil War and he and his wife are very prominent church workers, being members of the Methodist church, South.  Our subject received his education in the common schools of Virginia and as soon as those days were over, he began the task of learning the carpenter trade.  Later he became an expert mechanical engineer and followed that and carpentering for fifteen years.  He assisted in the erection of the Mathison Alkali works at Saltville, Virginia, the largest plant of the kind at that time in America.  He also assisted to put the machinery in the plant and was engaged there for three years.  It was 1898, when Mr. Barbre came to his present location and rented a farm of one half section.  He bought that and took a homestead in addition.  He has now four hundred acres of fine land, two hundred of which are devoted to the production of wheat.  He also handles stock in addition to raising wheat.
     In 1887, Mr. Barbre married Miss Molley E., daughter of Jesse C. and Liddy (Sherwood) Mountain, natives of Virginia.  The father was a mechanic and late in life engaged in farming.  To Mr. and Mrs. Barbre two children have been born, Wiley B. and James C.
     Mr. Barbre has hosts of friends in Lincoln county and is a man of excellent standing in the community.