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.
OTTO PFANNEKUCHEN was born in
Brunswick, Germany, November 7, 1838, the son of German parents, and one
of a family of three children. The other two members of the family
are Ernest and Willia.
Mr. Pfannekuchen was educated in his native
country and also learned the flour milling trade, which he followed in
Germany before coming to America when twenty-seven years of age.
He located in Madison, Wisconsin, in the vicinity of which city he worked
at farm labor twenty-six years. He then worked at his trade three
years, but returned to farm work which he followed until 1889, when he
came to Adams county. He settled on a homestead near Ritzville, and
for a number of years, owing to the squirrel pest and other impediments
to his progress, he experienced many hardships and difficulties in gaining
a start. In 1896 he purchased railroad land until he owned four hundred
acres, all of which is under cultivation, and all under fence. The
estate contains eight acres of fine orchard, and the best of farm buildings.
In 1868 Otto Pfannekuchen was married to Caroline
Kerner, daughter of August and Johannah (Veldah) Kerner, natives of Germany,
in which country the father died. The mother came to America in 1864
and located near Madison, Wisconsin, where she died, leaving two children,
Caroline Johannah, and Mrs. Pfannekuchen.
Otto Pfannekuchen died in Ritzville, January
22, 1898. By his death Adams county lost one of its foremost citizens
and most successful farmers. He was the father of six children, John,
William, Henry, Fred, Minnie, married to Claus Clodius, and Emma, married
to Jacob Shoot.
The deceased was a devoted member of the Methodist
Episcopal church, and was sustained in the final hour by his faith.