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.
ECK was born on the banks of the historic Rhine, in Germany, on January
19, 1852. He now dwells about four miles southwest from Fletcher
and gives his attention to general farming and stock raising. His
parents, William and Christina (Ort) Eck, were natives of Germany and there
remained until their death. The father followed merchant tailoring.
They were the parents of eleven children whose names are given as follows,
John, William, Adelpt, Joseph, Johan, Gerhart, Theodore, Fred, Peter, Barbara
and Lizzie. Our subject was placed in a private school taught by
the Catholic fathers and there studied until twelve years of age, when
his father died and he was forced to go to work to assist in the support
of the younger members of the family. He continued thus until 1881
when he determined to make a voyage to the new world, believing that opportunities
awaited him here better than in his native land. He located in St.
Paul, Minnesota, and there labored until 1888 in which year he came to
Eugene, Oregon. The next year, he was in Portland and before 1889
had finished its course, he landed in Adams county and took a homestead
where he now lives. He has bought three fourths of a section of land
in addition and now has a very choice farm of six hundred and forty acres
all in a high state of cultivation and excellently improved. He has
a nice orchard and handles some stock.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota,
in 1886, Mr. Eck married Miss Gertie Kuntz, a native of Germany, where
also her parents were born and died. She had six brothers and sisters.
Mr. and Mrs. Eck have three children, Mary J., Margaret C., and Joseph
In politics, our subject
is decidedly liberal. He reserves for himself the right to take up
independently the questions and decide them without the restriction of
party ties. He belongs to the Catholic church and has reared his
family in that faith. Mr. Eck is deserving of much credit for the
manner in which he has labored in Adams county and in the improvements
that he has made. He has ever shown himself a man of good determination,
industry, and thoroughness and has won many friends.