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
GEORGE M. STAPISH is a leading
business man at Hartline. He carries a full line of undertaking goods
and agricultural implements and does a very thriving business. He
was born in Chelsea, Michigan, on May 25, 1862. His parents, Michael
and Emma (Franz) Stapish, were natives of Germany. The common schools
of Michigan furnished the educational training of our subject and he continued
there until he had completed the high school course. Then he learned
the butcher trade and remained in Michigan until twenty eight years of
age. It was in 1890, when he first came west and settled on a homestead
about five miles south of Hartline. He turned his attention to farming
and improved the place in good shape, then sold the property. After
that, he bought a section of very choice wheat land just south from Hartline,
which he owns at the present time. The estate is provided with a
fine two story residence, barns and so forth and is one of the choice ones
of this section. Mr. Stapish oversees this estate and gives his time
almost entirely to conducting his business. In 1891, he graduated
from the Spokane college of embalming and is very expert and successful
in this line of work. Mr. Stapish has given much study and careful
investigation to perefcting himself in this art and he has gained great
proficiency. He holds a state license.
Mr. Stapish has four brothers and two
sisters, Frank, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, Mrs. Leonard Binder and Kate.
At Hartline, in 1896, occurred the marriage
of Mr. Stapish and Miss Maggie, daughter of David and Phemia (Bonham) Utt,
natives of Ohio and Wisconsin, respectively. Mrs. Stapish was born
in Wisconsin, on November 6, 1855. She has six sisters, Nora, Mrs.
Emlie Mason, Mrs. Charles Gage, Mrs. Thomas O'Neal, Mrs. James F. Harris
and Mrs. James Winfrey.
Mr. Stapish was raised in the Roman Catholic
church, and is a well respected and substantial citizen.