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
JOHN W. MAIB, who is conducting a merchandise establishment in Creston, was born in Clay county, Missouri, on December 10, 1853. His parents were Morris and Mary C. (Hixon) Maib both natives of Clay county, Missouri, and agriculturists. John W. received his education in the public schools of Missouri and then engaged in farming near the old home place. He continued this until 1871, then moved to Kansas and gave his attention to tilling the soil in that state for eleven years. This made it 1882 in which year Mr. Maib came to Portland. In the metropolis of the Webfoot state, he took up the coal and wood business and also contracted on street grading, being thus occupied until 1894 when he journeyed to Lincoln county. Mr. Maib was impressed with the resources and excellence of this country and purchased land adjoining the town of Creston. He has bought since until he owns two hundred and forty acres of first class wheat land adjoining the town. In 1902, in partnership with John A. French, Mr. Maib bought a sawmill at Creston. He traded his interest in it to Mr. French for land the following year. In July, 1903, Mr. Maib determined to add another chapter to his enterprises, consequently he opened a general merchandise establishment in Creston, being in partnership with H. B. Kinney. They have started out very nicely in the business which promises to become one of the large ones of the county. The long experience in various lines heretofore has fitted Mr. Maib to take hold of this otherwise than a novice and his excellent standing in this part of the country will draw to them a goodly share of patronage.
In 1874, Mr. Maib married Miss Amanda J., daughter of William and Malinda (Collins) Archer, natives of Tennessee. Mrs. Maib was born in Tennessee, on November 15, 1858. To this union seven children have been born, named as follows, Charles M., Henry, Arthur, Lottie, Grace, Gertrude and Virgil.
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