Elmer E. Fishbaugh. Of the agriculturists of Oklahoma who have turned their attention to specializing in the breeding of cattle, Elmer E. Fishbaugh is a most progressive representative. His well cultivated property, situated eight miles southwest of Dacoma, is equipped with all modern appliances, improvements and buildings which are to be found on the up-to-date stock farm, and during recent years he has made his name widely known in this part of the state as a successful breeder of Galloway cattle. Mr. Fishbaugh was born on a farm in Auglaize County, Ohio, October 2, 1863, and is a son of Andrew W. and Mary (Galbreath) Fishbaugh.
Andrew W. Fishbaugh was born in Ohio, in 1833, and was reared and educated there and when ready to embark upon his own career chose farming for his life work. He was married in 1862 to Mary Galbreath, who was bor n in 1840 in Knox County, Ohio, daughter of Robert and Mary (Beeman) Galbreath, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Maryland. In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Fishbaugh and their children removed to Harper County, Kansas, where the father settled on a farm, but subsequently moved to Kingman County, in the same state, where Andrew W. Fishbaugh died February .’!, 1890. He was an honest, industrious farmer, making the most of his opportunities and advantages, and with the able assistance of his devoted wife was able to accumulate a modest competence to make comfortable their declining years. They were the parents of two sons and three daughters, namely: Elmer E., of this review; Ezra A., born December 9, 1864, and now an agriculturist of Woodward County, Oklahoma; Elsie E., born August 1, 1866, and now the wife of James Casey, of Kingman, Kansas; Emma, born September 16, 1867", who is the wife of A. C. Shoemaker, of Goltry, Oklahoma; and Rosa, born September 19, 1870, who is the wife of W. N. Cross, of Kingman, Kansas.
Elmer V. Fishbaugh received his early education in the public schools in the vicinity of his father’s farm in Ohio, where he was reared until reaching the age of fifteen years, the family at that time emigrating to the West and locating in Harper County, Kansas. His education was completed at Southwestern Methodist Episcopal College, at Winfield, Kansas, and having shown some ability in the line of mechanical work was thus employed for several years. In 1893 he came to Oklahoma, and in the following years homesteaded land in Woods County, a locality which has since continued to be his home. For some years Mr. Fishbaugh applied himself strictly to general farming operations, but eventually became interested in cattle raising, and after some experimenting decided that the best breed for his use was the Galloway, a medium-sized, hornless, usually black beef cattle, native of Southwestern Scotland and closely resembling the Angus breed. His choice of breed has seemed to indicate his excellent judgment as a stockman, for he has attained an enviable success in his operations and has made a name and reputation for himself as a grower. His present property, consisting of 480 acres, is admirably suited for the purpose for which it is used, and under Mr. Fishbaugh’s direction has been developed into a most valuable and handsome farm. He has always been ready to do his part in assisting in the elevation of agricultural standards, and has always accorded to his adopted community the same staunch rapport which its people have given him as an honorable and successful agriculturist and an eminently useful citizen. Mr. Fishbaugh and the members of his family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
On December 23, 1900, Mr. Fishbaugh was married to Miss Hilda Cell, who was born May 1, 1882, in Colorado, daughter of Herbert and Jane Cell. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fishbaugh: Mary, born November 7, 1902; Elsie, born July 27, 1904; Edna, born February 25, 1907; Enid, born April 9, 1909; Elmer, born February 20, 1912; and Carl, born November 25, 1914, who died February 14, 1915.