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.
EMIL HAMANN was born in Saxony,
Germany, July 18, 1863, attended the common schools of his native country
until reaching the age of fourteen years, then learned the shoemaker's
trade. He served three years' apprenticeship, after which he started
in business for himself. However, he took considerable time in which
to thoroughly tour the continent upon which he was born, and at twenty
he entered the army, where he served three years. He then came to
the United States and located at Columbus, Ohio, in 1886. Here he
worked in a shoemaker's shop for a time, then was one and a half years
in the employ of the Government, after which time he came to Ritzville,
where he entered a shop in which he worked at his trade. After a
brief length of time he married and settled on a farm,--a homestead of
one hundred and sixty acres. The year of 1889 he spent working at
the bench in a Spokane shoe-shop, after which he returned and continued
the improvement of his farm. His wife dying at this time, he left
his homestead and spent two years on Puget Sound, then returned to Adams
county and purchased a half section of land, to which he added another
half-section in 1902. Later he sold one-half of his land, and is
still farming the remaining tract, which lies three and one-half miles
east of Lind. He has his farm well improved and all under cultivation.
His buildings are of the latest and most elaborate type found on the farm,
and he has an excellent orchard. He also deals heavily in stock--mules,
horses and cattle.
Mr. Hamann's parents were Carl and Amelia
(Dagald) Hamann, natives of Germany, in which country they are still living.
They are parents of four children, not including the son of whom we are
writing: Otto, Robert, Hugo and Max. The father, like our subject,
is a shoemaker by trade.
Mr. Hamann's first wife was Dora Spooner,
to whom he was married in 1888, and who died one year after marriage.
In 1891 our subject was married to Katterma
Binsmail, a native of Germany. To this union has been blessed with
five children, whose names are: Mary, Mollie, Fritz, Jacob and William,
all of whom live with their parents.
In political opinion Emil Hamann is a Republican,
and is an active member of his party. In fraternity circles he is
identified with the I. O. O. F. and the K. of P.