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 F. OESTREICH, who resides
on a well improved farm comprising a section and a half of land under cultivation
and lying three miles north and two miles west of Paha, Adams county, Washington,
is a native of Seradef, Russia, born October 15, 1862. He is the
son of Christian and Mary (Ligner) Oestreich, both also natives Russians.
The parents came to America in 1875, lived six years in Nebraska, then
came to Walla Walla, Washington, having crossed the plains in a wagon.
In 1881, they removed to Klickitat county where they lived on a farm eighteen
years, and where the father died in 1895. The mother then came
to Adams county, where she died in 1897. The family consists of eight
children, Casper, Christina, Denney, Mary, Katie, Christ, Jacob and Henry,
besides Casper and Mary deceased.
Mr. Oestreich received his early schooling
in the common schools of Germany, came to America with his parents and
made his home with them until reaching his thirtieth year. He came
to Adams county in April, 1901, where he purchased a half section of land,
and at subsequent times he purchased in all two other tracts of equal extent.
He has the finest of farm buildings, good water facilities and a first
class orchard. He raises some stock in connection with his farming.
In 1892 Jacob Oestreich was married to Nellie
B. Carter, daughter of J. E. and M. D. (Collens) Carter, natives
of Oregon, in which state the parents lived until removing to Klickatat
county in 1881. They now reside in this county. They have a
family of seven children, Edward, Nellie, Frans, Laura, Chester, Henry
and Carl, besides two, Henry and Chester, deceased. To Mr. and Mrs.
Oestreich have been born four children, two of whom are now living.
They are Melvin and Delbert, while Iven and Hazel are deceased.
In politics, Mr. Oestreich is a Populist.
He is a man of a high order of intelligence and manhood, being also universally
regarded as an honest, industrious and thorough tiller of the soil.