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.
MRS. WILHELMINA H. KELBER
is a native of Osswo Kreis Friedland, Prenszen, Germany, born February
27, 1857, the daughter of Christian and Wilhelmina (Kleinschmidt) Redetzke,
both native Germans. The parents lived and died in the country of
Mrs. Kelber's father was twice married and
was the father of nine children---three by his first and six by his second
marriage. Our subject was a daughter by the second marriage.
Until arriving at the age of eighteen years she lived where she was born,
after which she removed to Berlin. While in that city she was married
to August Bogk, who departed this life during November, 1899, leaving the
widow with two children. Mrs. Bogk did dressmaking, which trade she
mastered early in life, until coming to America in 1893. She located
first at Winona, Minnesota, where she worked at her trade five and one
half years. Eleven months after arriving there she married Henry
Kelber, from whom she secured a divorce on April 9, 1900. She came
to Washington in 1898, and settled at Lind, where she worked at dressmaking
and invested her savings in real estate. She also filed a homestead
in 1901 five miles north of Lind. She made commutation proof in December,
1903, and removed to Lind where she has eight lots, a comfortable home,
and some acre property. Her land is all fenced, well improved and
Mrs. Kelber has two children: Mrs. A. C. Jansen,
a sketch of whose life is elsewhere printed; and George C., telegraph operator
at Badger, who makes his home with his mother.
Mrs. Kelber is a prominent member of the Royal
Neighbors of America, having membership in the Lind lodge of that order,
and her religious affiliations are with the Lutheran church.