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.