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 FEIL was born in Massachusetts,
June 18, 1861. His parents, George and Elizabeth (Drouncer) Feil,
were natives of Germany and came to the United States in 1849 and settled
in New York. The father was a millwright and mechanic. From
new York they moved to Massachusetts where he did some very excellent mill
work. The mother came from a prominent and wealthy family.
Charles was educated in Massachusetts and at the early age of fourteen,
started in life for himself. We find him soon after at Carson City,
Nevada, where he studied some and then began work in a quartz mine.
He wrought in California, Montana, Nevada and British Columbia until 1883,
the year in which he located his present place, which lies about one mile
south from Tipso. He took a government claim; then bought land and
his estates now comprise four hundred and eighty acres. It is good
fertile land and well improved. The farm is well supplied with plenty
of machinery and stock and an air of thrift prevades the entire premises.
When, Mr. Feil first came here there were no railroads and the settlers
took turns in going for their mail, twenty miles away. The trips
were generally made on snow shoes in the winter. Like many of the
old settlers, Mr. Feil had no means to improve his land, consequently he
had to seek the fields of Walla Walla and the Palouse country. Some
years, he went to the mines at Wardner instead of the harvest fields.
In this way, he continued to improve the place until it was self supporting,
and then he gave his entire attention in his farm, which is now one of
the very choicest places in Lincoln county. Mr. Feil has the distinction
of being one of the very first settlers in the county and the wealth that
he has gained here, he is distinctly deserving of. He has won the
admiration and respect of those who know him and he is a good citizen.