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


     MEINRAD LAUBER is one of the capitalists of Okanogan county who believes in living where he made his money and investing it in home enterprises, and this is the one true policy that develops the rich and resourceful west.  Mr. Lauber is rightly numbered among the leading pioneers of Okanogan county, both because he is among the very first who came here and remained, coming to Okanogan county in 1886, and because he is laboring with faithfulness and has been crowned with gratifying success.  An account of his life could but prove interesting to the readers of this volume and it is with pleasure that we append the same.
     Meinrad Lauber was born in Baden , Germany, on January 23, 1855, the son of Marten and Ruofr (Durr) Lauber, natives of the same place.  Our subject was well educated in the public schools and before he had reached his majority had become master of the blacksmith trade.  At the age of twenty he entered the regular army and served for three years.  After this he worked at his trade until 1882, then traveled in different European countries.  In the year last mentioned he bade farewell to his loved ones and the old home scenes and came to Antwerp, where he took steamer for New York.  The voyage was stormy and occupied seventeen days.  He came on to Cincinnati, expecting to meet his brother Leopold, but was disappointed.  So he found himself in a strange city with neither money nor friends, and unable to speak a word of English.  But young Lauber was not to be daunted, and he soon made it known that he was a master mechanic, which gave him a position in the foundry.  He labored there one year, then went to San Francisco, California.  Soon he took steamer to Victoria, and there entered the employ of the Canadian Pacific.  He followed his trade there and also in other places, after which he did placer mining on the head waters of the Similkameen, being favored with success.  In 1886 he came to the region now occupied by Okanogan county and bought the right of a squatter to his present place.  It was excellent land, and he has added to it until he now has over two hundred acres, and raises nearly two hundred tons of timothy and red top.  He was the first one to file in the Loomis district when the land was surveyed.  He believes that he settled the farthest down the Okanogan river of any one at that time.  He has since devoted himself steadily to raising cattle and improving his ranch.  During the earlier days he mined some of the time on Rock creek.  About two years since Mr. Lauber sold his cattle and retired from active service, investing heavily in the stock of the Commercial Bank of Conconully, also in the Conconully Record, one of the leading newspapers of the section.  He also has stock in the Q. S. mines, and carries a five thousand dollar policy in the New York Life Insurance Company.  Mr. Lauber is an active Republican and manifests the interest becoming a good citizen in the questions of the day.  He is an upright, honorable man, and deserves great credit for the way in which he has labored to develop and enhance the interests of the country.