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.
JOHN KREHBIEL is the manager
of the Seattle Grain Company's warehouse at Lind, Washington, which is
one of the largest warehouses in the Big Bend. In 1903 it received
the second largest amount of wheat marketed in the town. Mr. Krehbiel
has a handsome ten-room modern house and a large lot in town, and is in
a very prosperous condition. Born in Bavaria, Germany, August 31,
1865, Mr. Krehbiel was the son of Christ and Magdalena (Dester) Krehbiel,
both natives of Bavaria, where they lived until coming to America.
The father was an upholsterer and paper hanger by trade. The family
located in Illinois, upon coming to this country, and after two years removed
to Kansas, where they farmed eight years, then, in 1891, came to Washington.
Here they settled on land three and one-half miles from Lind, the entire
family taking land and working together until the death of the father,
which occurred in 1898. The mother died two years previously.
The family originally contained ten children, two of whom, Ulrich and M.
M., are dead. The names of those still living are; Catherine, in
Germany; Jacob, Christ, our subject, Daniel, Mrs. Mary Vogt, Mrs. Magdalena
Bahler, and Mrs. Susanna Near, all of Adams county, with the single exception
of Mrs. Bahler, whose home is at Spokane.
After the death of the parents as above noted,
the brothers worked their land in partnership for one year. John
was then married and withdrew his share of the property, which consisted
of a half-section of cultivated land, purchased one hundred and sixty acres
more and went into the business of farming independently. He has
his land all cultivated and under fence, and a young orchard growing, to
which he makes an addition each year. He removed to Lind in 1903,
since which time he has had his farm rented to his brothers.
In 1898 Mr. Krehbiel was married to
Christina Jansen, daughter of Henry and Caroline (Kuehl) Jensen, who were
born in Germany and came to America in 1875, located in Iowa, and removed
to a farm near Lind in 1889. Later they transferred their place of
residence to Walla Walla, where they now live. They have been parents
of ten children, six of whom live, August, Mrs. Krehbiel, Dora, Minnie,
Fred, and Mrs. Annie Linville.
Politically, Mr. Krehbiel is a Democrat, is
city councilman and a member of the school board. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Krehbiel are members of the Mennonite church. They have three children,
Susanna W., John F., and Hellen C.