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.
WILLIAM BIERMANN is one of the
representative German farmers of Adams county and resides two miles southeast
of Ritzville. He owns two sections of agricultural and pasture land
all of which is well improved with good buildings, plenty of fences and
abundance of machinery. His residence is a modern eleven room edifice
costing over five thousand dollars and is one of the best farm houses in
Adams county. His orchard is a splendid one and everything about
the place indicates a man of ability and thrift.
William Biermann was born in Hanover, Germany,
December 8, 1862, and attended the common schools there until fourteen
years of age when he came to the United States and located in Nebraska.
There he followed farming until 1885, when he came on to Walla Walla whence
later, he journeyed to the vicinity of Ritzville and took a homestead and
timber culture. These claims he sold in 1895 and purchased a fine
estate where he now resides.
At Walla Walla on August 8, 1884, occurred
the marriage of Mr. Biermann to Miss Augusta (Reitz) Koeplin, also a native
of Germany. To this union ten children have been born, Carl, Willie,
Henry, Minnie, Lena, Richard, Eddie, Clara, Elsie and an infant unnamed.
Mr. Biermann has two sisters, Mrs. M. Sandbrink
and Mrs. Louise Signan residing near Ritzville; Mrs. Biermann has two sisters
and one brother, Mrs. Minnie Wilsind, Amelia Rushmere, both near Ritzville
and Carl Koeplin, a sketch of whose life appears in another portion of
this history. Mr. Biermann is one of the substantial agriculturists
of Adams county and takes a marked interest in everything for its upbuilding.
He is a Republican, is greatly interested in educational and general affairs
and is known as a progressive and good man. He and his wife are members
of the German Lutheran church.