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.
FREDRICK M. SCHEIBNER is a venerable
and highly esteemed citizen of Lincoln county, whose labors in the line
of agriculture have shown him to be possessed not only of those stanch
qualities which make the true pioneer, but also of ability that has won
a financial success here, and of integrity and sound principles which ingratiate
him securely in the good will and high commendation of his fellow men.
Fredrick M. Scheibner was born in Germany,
on March 23, 1833, the son of Christian G. Scheibner. His education
was received in the thorough schools of the Fatherland and when the time
came to lay by the books of the schoolroom, he was at once apprenticed
to learn the cabinet maker's trade. Having completed this in excellent
manner, he then came to the time of military service in his country and
at once turned his attention to martial life. Upon the completion
of those stirring days, he decided to bid farewell to his home, friends,
and native land, and try his fortune in the land of promise beyond the
waters. Mr. Scheibner was a true and patriotic supporter of the institutions
of the Fatherland, but still he has never had occasion to regret his joining
his fortune with the famous continent of the west. He settled in
Tennessee upon arriving in the United States and there he wrought assiduously
until 1887, when the rumors of the fertile west led him to sell his eastern
farm and try the land of the setting sun. In the year last mentioned,
Mr. Scheibner located in Lincoln county, about seven miles northwest from
where Wilbur now stands, taking a homestead, which was the nucleus of his
present estate, the balance of which has been acquired by purchase from
the railroad company . He has devoted himself industriously to farming
and building up the country, and has certainly made a first class success.
In 1861, Mr. Scheibner married Miss Johannah
E., daughter of Henry and Caroline (Smith) Woltersdorf, natives of Germany.
Mrs. Scheibner was born in Amsterdam, in 1836, and has been a faithful
partner in all her husband's labors and successes.
To Mr. and Mrs. Scheibner the following named
children have been born, Charles F., Lenora S., Louise S., William F.,
Fred T., Lily M., Oswald R., and Henry J.
Mr. and Mrs. Scheibner have always so dealt
in their career that no one is able to say other words than praise and
their uprightness has won them hosts of friends. They are now spending
the golden years of their life in the quiet enjoyment of the fruits of
their labors, being surrounded with their children and friends.