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
ELIJAH ZIEGLER, who is now living a retired life in Creston, is one of the earliest settlers in Lincoln county and is to be numbered among the most progressive business men of this part of Washington. He has large property interests in various sections of the state and is now overseeing his holdings from his residence in Creston.
Elijah Ziegler was born in Ohio, on January 31, 1846, being the son of David and Elizabeth (Smith) Ziegler. The mother descended from Pennsylvania Dutch stock and was a noted church worker. The father also came from Dutch ancestry and was a native of Pennsylvania. He followed the trade of a weaver most of his life but was given largely to preaching the gospel and in the latter years was ordained in the ministry and gave himself entirely to that calling. In 1853, the family crossed the plains with ox teams to California, consuming six months on the road. Our subject received his education from the common schools of California and at a very early age began packing to the mines. For fifteen years he followed that occupation. Like many others who were engaged thus, he had many thrilling experiences, especially in combat with Indians. He engaged in farming in California and did exceedingly well, receiving as high as fifty dollars per ton for hay and everything else in proportion. He packed his produce to the mines, largely, and made a goodly fortune. In 1881 Mr. Ziegler came to what is now Lincoln county and settled on a homestead about five miles from where Creston now stands. He bought and sold land at various times and now has four hundred acres of the best land in Lincoln county, which is devoted to wheat raising. Mr. Ziegler owns other property in addition and is one of the wealthy men of the county.
In 1870, Mr. Ziegler married Miss Carrie, daughter of Hon. Russell and Ann (McMath) Coman, natives of New York and Pennsylvania, respectively. The father was a very prominent man in Michigan where he represented his county in the legislature and held other offices of public trust. Mr. Ziegler was one of the first councilmen elected in Creston and is now holding this office the second time. He is a man who has a wide acquaintance and a large circle of friends and is respected and esteemed by all. Mr. and Mrs. Zeigler are devoted and consistent members of the Presbyterian church, and he is trustee of his church.