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Percy G. Maltbae


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Date: 5/23/2007 at 08:20:05

Percy G. Maltbae was born in Allamakee county, Iowa, on August I2, 1868, being the son of James D. and Achsah (Wright) Maltbae atives of New York and Michigan, respectively. The father served an the Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with distinction then came west and died at Waterville, Washington.

Our subject was educated an the public schools of Nebraska, finishing in the high school. In 1886, he moved with his father and family to Washington and settled near Waterville. He was engaged in farming for some time. In the spring of 1893 he was elected marshal of Waterville, which position he held for two years. After this term of office, Mr. Maltbie engaged in the hardware business with Mr. C. A. Carpenter, where he remained for a year. He then turned his attention to prospecting near Republic, continuing the same for one year. After that he returned and in 1898 joined Company D, of the Independent Battahon of the Washington Volun-
teer Infantry. He was elected captain of the company, which consisted of one hundred and five men, mostly from Douglas county, and they were ordered to Tacoma, where they were mustered into the service. As soon as enlisted they were sent to Vancouver, where they continued until October 28, 1898, at which time they were mustered out, having been in the service for five months. If they had gone to the front, they would have been a part of the Second Washington Volunteer Infantry. Immediately following his discharge from service, Mr. Maltbie returned to Waterville and opened a cigar store in company with his brother, A. N. Maltbie. This was conducted until 1902, when he sold out his interests and moved to Wilsoncreek and opened a hardware business. His establishment was burned down, but with pluck, he and his partners rebuilt, putting in a larger store, and are now doing good business.

At Vancouver, Washington, on March 29, 1900 Maltbie married Miss Elsie, daughter of James P. and Sarah (Mitchell) Smith, natives of Iowa. To this union was born one child, Fanny A., on June 6, 19Ol, who died at the place of her birth Waterville, on February 2, 1902. Mrs. Maltbie was born in Dixon county, Nebraska, in 1881, and died at Vancouver, November 2, 1901. Mr. Maltbie was thus called to mourn the loss of his entire family with short time of each other and he knows something of the sorrows of this world. He was raised under the influence of the Christian
church and is still a supporter of this organization, but is not an active member of any denomination. At Spokane, on August 10, 1904, Mr. Maltbie married Miss Ella Harrison.

-Illustrated history of the Big Bend country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin counties, state of Washington; Western Historical Publishing Company; 1904
pg 733


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