Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     IRA ARBOGAST is one of the young men of industry who have come to make Okanogan county their home, and enjoy the resources of this rich section. He resides three miles south of Kipling, where he has a section of school land and is doing a general farming and stock raising.
     Ira Arbogast was born in Linn county, Kansas, on January 6, 1871, the son of Henry H. and Fannie (Fanchild) Arbogast, natives of Illinois, who are now wealthy people, residing near Ritter Springs, Granite county, Oregon. The father enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-Second Illinois Infantry, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, the battles of Chattanooga and Kenesaw Mountain and many other battles and skirmishes in the Civil War, being under General Logan, and with Sherman in his famous march to the sea. He was severely wounded in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain and languished in the hospital for four months. After serving four years with great credit to himself and good to his country, he received an honorable discharge, after which he returned to Illinois, then came to Kansas, whence in 1888 he came to Umatilla county, Oregon, finally settling in his present home. To Mr. Abrogast and his wife were born these children, Mrs. Eva Bincley, Ira, who is our subject, Eva, Asa, Henry, John, Roy and Fannie. Our subject was educated in the public schools where he lived, then came with his parents to the west. Being the eldest son, he helped his father in the care of the stock, and soon took entire charge of the same, thus becoming a skilful stockman.
     Mr. Arbogast married Miss Addie Leppo, a native of Kansas. In 1883 she came with her parents to Pendleton, where recently they both passed away. In the spring of 1892 Mr. Arbogast sold his possessions in Oregon and came to his present location, where he at once began improvements on the school land mentioned, and devoted himself to stock raising. To Mr. and Mrs. Arbogast four children have been born, Everet, Ernest, Elmer and Edna.