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.
DANIEL KREHBIEL, a farmer and
stockman residing on a section of well improved and cultivated land four
miles north and one mile east of Lind, was born in Bavaria, Germany, July
15, 1867, the son of Christian and Magdalena (Dester) Krehbiel, both natives
of Bavaria. The parents came to America in 1881, lived two years
in Illinois, eight in Kansas and came to a homestead near Lind in 1891.
The mother died in 1896 and the father two years later. The family
originally contained ten children, who, not including our subject, were,
Katherine, Jacob, Christian, John, M. M., now deceased, Mrs. Mary Vogt,
Mrs. Magdalena Bahler, and Mrs. Susana Neare.
Until the age of thirteen Mr. Krehbiel attended
the common schools of his native country, then took a course in a German
business college and in 1883 came to the United States. The first
year after his arrival in this country he spent in Illinois, after which
he engaged in farming in Kansas. He was thus engaged in that state
until 1892, when he came to the farm where he still lives. He had
an unusually difficult time to gain a start here, as the first two years
after settling on his farm he was unable to raise any crop, but having
in him the elements of perseverance and industry he held on, and has never
had cause to regret his choice of locality. He states that the Big
Bend country since he first located here, has undergone a wonderful change,
especially in the amount of rainfall. By working for his neighbors
and exercising strict economy Mr. Krehbiel managed from time to time to
acquire more land, until at this writing he has a solid section of productive
grain land, and in addition to this he rents eleven hundred acres, on all
of which he raises about twelve thousand bushels of wheat annually.
He also has an excellent orchard and raises quantities of all varieties
of fruit. He has a large herd of cattle, but is gradually abandoning
the stock business.
In December, 1901, occurred the marriage of
Daniel Krehbiel to May Schag, daughter of Andrew and Lizzie (Waltner) Schag,
native Germans who early in life came to America, settled first in South
Dakota, removed to Oregon in 1882, and came to Washington in 1900.
They are now living in Lind. To them have been born eight children,
Mrs. Krehblel, Emil, Joseph, Paulina, Emma, Charles, Eugene and Eveline.
To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Krehbiel have
been born two children, Walter D., and one who, at this writing, is an
infant in arms.
Politically, Mr. Krehbiel is a Democrat.
He has always been prominent in school matters, having assisted in the
organizing of his district of which he has been a director ever since.
He is now the Democratic nominee for county commissioner. He recently
was appointed volunteer weather observer of his locality. Both Mr.
Krehbiel and his wife are members of the Mennonite church, Mr. Krehbiel
being a member of the conventional conference of that denomination.