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 CORBIN, a farmer residing
three miles northwest of Larene, is a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, born
July 14, 1856, and was a member of a family of nine children, four of whom
are living. Their names are Adelbert, Charles, Mrs. Jennie Westbrook
Our subject was reared on a farm, and on June
2, 1882, was married at Hesperia, Michigan, to Josephine Witte, a native
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, born January 1, 1863. For several years
following his marriage, Mr. Corbin was engaged in railroad work at Butler,
Indiana, and in January, 1891, he removed with his family to Lincoln county,
Washington. They lived on a farm six and one half miles northeast
of Davenport until the spring of 1898, when Mr. Corbin purchased his present
home. He has two hundred and twenty-seven acres of land, the most
of which is suitable for the cultivation of grain and the remainder is
covered with timber. He has a select orchard, containing all varieties
of fruit trees, that covers ten acres, a fine berry garden, and in every
respect a first-class rural home. His farm is well supplied with
buildings, and implements and stock with which to carry on his business.
His home is ideally located for the culture of fruit and vegetables.
Mr. Corbin is a member of the W. W., while
he, his wife, and his son, Harry all belong to the Methodist Episcopal
Mr. and Mrs. Corbin have two children: Harry
Howard, born May 1, 1886; and Ray Waterman, born May 7, 1897.
Charles Corbin was the son of Lafayette Corbin,
a native of New York state, who in his early boyhood assisted his father
in bringing a flock of sheep from Vermont to Washtenaw county, Michigan,
settling in that county at a point thirty miles from Detroit. Mr.
Corbin was an early settler here, and later in Oceana county, Michigan,
where he died in 1898. Charles Corbin's mother is Catherine (Earl)
Corbin, now seventy-four years of age, and living in Oceana county.
The parents of Mrs. Corbin were George and
Henrietta (Wolf) Witte, both natives of Germany. Mrs. Witte is living
with Mrs. Corbin, and is now sixty-nine years of age. Mrs. Corbin
has one brother, George, living at Twisp, Okanogan county. There
were originally eight children in her family, of which number Mrs. Corbin
and George Witte are the sole survivors.