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.
CARL A. KOEPLIN is a stockman
and farmer residing five miles east of Ritzville, born in Bucholz Germany,
September 29, 1860. He is the son of Fred and Augusta (Reitz) Koeplin,
of Germany, where the principal part of their lives was spent. The
father died in 1884, whereupon the mother came to the United States.
The sisters of Mr. Koeplin are: Minnie, married to John Wilson, Ritzville;
Augusta, married to William Biermann, Ritzville.
Mr. Koeplin received his early training in
the common schools of Germany, but his education was greatly retarded by
his being compelled to leave school at the early age of ten years to go
to work on a farm. He came to America in 1883, located in Nebraska,
and two years later came to Walla Walla, Washington, near which city he
located a homestead. In 1897 he disposed of his interests in Walla
Walla county and came to Ritzville and to his present locality. He
has here three quarter section of agricultural land, two-thirds of which
are under cultivation, and well improved. He has good buildings,
a large orchard, and raises some cattle each year besides his farm crops.
In 1893 occurred the marriage of Carl A. Koeplin
to Augusta Pauers, daughter of Ernest and Minnie (Meifert) Pauers, native
Germans. Mrs. Koeplin's mother died in Germany, and her father is
now living with his second wife. Mrs. Koeplin is a member of a family
of five children, three of whom are living. They are, besides herself;
Carl and Ernest. Her father has six children by his second marriage.
To Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Koeplin have been born seven children, named as
follows, Bertha, Albert, Carl, William, Amelia, Henry, and Amel.
Politically, Mr. Koeplin is a Republican,
and active in the affairs of his county. He has held the office of
school trustee, and school clerk. He was one of the signers of the
petition of statehood in 1889. Both Mr. and Mrs. Koeplin are prominent
members of the Lutheran church, in which denomination our subject holds
the office of treasurer. Mr. Koeplin is a farmer of unusual thrift
and intelligence. He came to the county in indifferent circumstances,
but by his good business judgment and enterprise has succeeded in placing
himself on a footing with the most wealthy farmers of the county.