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 E. AMSBAUGH, a prominent
real estate man and the city clerk of Lind, Washington, was born July 26,
1870, in Wayne county, Ohio. His parents are J. I. and Josephine
M. (Thompson) Amsbaugh, natives of Ohio, and are now living in Lind.
The mother's grandfather came from Ireland to America in 1876, and her
husband's grandfather came to this country from Germany when a boy.
In 1886 our subject's parents came to Washington and settled at Dayton,
where they remained until 1901, when they removed to their present home.
They have one child besides the subject of this sketch, Joie, living also
at Lind. Mr. Amsbaugh, senior, on February 13, 1865, was mustered
into service with Company C, One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Regiment, Ohio
Volunteer Infantry, and served as a soldier in the Civil war until his
discharge on account of physical disability, which occurred July 12, 1865,
at Camp Chase, Ohio.
Charles E. Amsbaugh began his education in
the common schools of Fredericksburg, Ohio, and later came west with his
parents and attended the high school at Dayton. He then learned the
printer's trade with O. C. White, proprietor of the Columbia Chronicle,
Dayton, Washington, with whom he remained three years. He then came
to Lind, and after a short time went to Whitman county, and from that time
until 1896 he worked at his trade at Colfax; Oakesdale, Pullman and Spokane.
During the year mentioned he followed prospecting on the Twisp and Okanogan
rivers, and in the fall of 1896 he went to Kaslo, British Columbia, where
he spent the winter working at his trade. Returning, he came to Ritzville
and rented the Pacific hotel, which he managed six months, then went to
Lind and built the Lind hotel. The following four months he spent in the
state of his birth, whither he went on a visit, after which he returned
to Kaslo, where he was proprietor of the Slocan hotel until that hostelry
was destroyed by fire, when he came to Lind, and opened a real estate business
in which he is engaged at this writing. He has a quarter section
of improved and highly cultivated land near town, and a house and lot in
Lind. He is doing a good business, is popular with his fellow townsmen,
and is in a generally prosperous condition. In 1903 he was elected to the
office of City clerk and is still the incumbent of that office.
In the year 1897, Charles E. Amsbaugh was
married to Sarah E. Cummings, a native of Medina county, Ohio. Her
parents died during her infancy.
Politically, Mr. Amsbaugh years ago allied
himself with the Republican party, in whose ranks he is still a diligent
and influential worker.