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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.


     ISAIAH STAMBAUGH, one of the wealthy and respected men of the Big Bend country, has the distinction of having gained his present large property interests solely by his wisdom and industry, having, in the meantime, been called on to pass through all the trying hardships and dangers incident to pioneer existence, all of which he has accomplished in a becoming manner.  He is today one of the citizens of Lincoln county that people look up to, having gained this esteem and confidence from his fellows by his upright walk and kind, neighborly ways.
     Isaiah Stambaugh was born in Butler county, Ohio, on March 10, 1846, the son of George and Sarah (Garrison) Stambaugh.  The father came from a Pennsylvania Dutch family of prominence, while the mother was of English extraction, her family being an old and influential one.  Our subject was taken by his parents to Schuyler county, Illinois, when two years of age.  Soon thereafter, they went to McDonough county, where Isaiah received his education in the common schools.  The father died when this lad was eight years of age and the widowed mother had the heavy burden of caring for a family of six children in a new country.  The children were named as follows: Samuel, Jacob, Isaiah, Margaret E., Rebecca A., and George G.  They were all kept together until the Rebellion broke out and then, our subject being sixteen, he took charge of the farm, while his two older brothers went to fight back the forces of treason.  He continued with his mother until her death in 1864, and then continued on the home farm until his marriage.  In 1868, Mr. Stambaugh married Miss Mary M., daughter of John and Elizabeth (Linton) Smith, natives of Kentucky.  The father was a cooper and was in Kentucky in the days of pioneer hardships.  He had much trouble with the Indians together with his other trying times, but became one of the leading men of his section and reaped the rewards of his labors.  Mrs. Stambaugh was born in Kentucky, on November, 18, 1844.  To Mr. and Mrs. Stambaugh, the following named children have been born: John M., a merchant at Quincy, Washington; Mrs. Sarah M. McKay; Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Howell; Mrs. Tiney M. Cole; Silas Otis; and Stella G.
     Reverting to an earlier portion of our subject's career, we notice that in 1869, Mr. Stambaugh removed with his wife to Missouri, from Illinois.  In September, 1870, they returned to Illinois.  In 1882, Mr. Stambaugh turned his face westward and eventually landed in the Evergreen State.  Upon investigation, he selected his present place, which lies about three miles southwest from Creston.  He had much arduous labor to perform and many trying things to encounter.  However, he overcame all and with his family weathered the many severe storms both of the hard winters and of adversity.  He has a good place now and is one of the substantial men of the county.
     In 1873, Mr. Stambaugh was converted and joined the United Brethren church, but since coming to Washington, he has been allied with the Methodists and is a consistent member of that denomination.  He is a zealous and active worker in Sunday schools and in promoting all good enterprises
 

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