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.
HENRY HINRICHS, who, in
1887, came to Adams county, Washington, and located a homestead where he
now lives, one mile north of Ritzville, was born in Wittmund, Germany,
January 26, 1865. His parents were Henry and Eta (Reents) Hinrichs,
both natives of Germany, and he was the eldest of a family of eight children.
His parents died in the old country. The father's first wife died,
leaving a family of eight children, after which he married again and by
his second wife reared another family, also eight in number. Our
subject was an issue of this second marriage. The year of the father's
death was 1902 and of the mother's 1901.
When fourteen years of age Mr. Hinrichs left
school to assist his father on the farm. After three years, in 1882,
he came to the United States and located in Illinois where he conducted
a farm for five years. He then removed to Washington. From
time to time since coming to this county Mr. Hinrichs has added to his
holdings in land until he now owns one and a quarter sections, all of which
is improved and cultivated. He has good farm buildings, raises some
stock and a quantity of fruit each year.
In 1890 occurred the marriage of Henry Hinrichs
to Maggie Meents, daughter of Remmer and Teite (Wagner) Meents, natives
of Germany. Mrs. Hinrichs was born in Germany and came to the United
States in 1885, located first in Illinois and later came to Adams county
where she was married. This union has been blessed with seven children,
all now living, Ada, Talina, Henry, Carrie, Anna, Addie and Rina.
Mr. Hinrichs is a man of prominence in the
political affairs of his county, his efforts in this line being devoted
to the cause of the Republican party. Both he and Mrs. Hinrichs are
members of the Congregational church.