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.
JACOB LUITEN, whose residence
is on a farm five miles north of Ritzville, was born in Glencoe, McLeod
county, Minnesota, March 5, 1878, the son of Herman and Mary (Krinze) Luiten,
natives of Germany, who came to the United States about the year 1865.
They located in Minnesota soon after reaching America, where they farmed
for twenty years, then sold their interests and came to Washington in 1887,
and located a homestead ten miles north of Ritzville, where they now live
on a well-improved and desirable farm. Herman and Mrs. Luiten are
parents of eight children: John, Henry, Balthasar, Jacob, Herman, Agnes,
Gerhard and Fred.
Mr. Luiten received his early education in
his native county in the country school house. He came west with
his parents in 1887, and attended school in Adams county after arriving
here, thus managing to acquire a fair amount of book knowledge. Until
becoming of age he worked for his father, but at the age indicated he purchased
a quarter section of cultivated land from his father, since which time
he has been engaged in tilling the soil on his own responsibility.
He combines the business of cattle raising with that of farming, and in
1901 he purchased another quarter section of land, thus he now owns a full
half section, all of which is tillable and in cultivation, and all well
improved, as to buildings, and so forth.
Mr. Luiten is a member of the Congregational
church. He is regarded as being a young man of high principles, and
of great promise.