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 SCHOESSLER, a member of
the Adams county board of county commissioners, and a prominent farmer
residing on a tract of eleven hundred and twenty acres of land five miles
northwest from Ritzvllle, was born March 18, 1855, at Seradow, Russia,
the son of Jacob and Katherine (Benner) Schoessler. The parents were
natives of Russia. Our subject came to America in 1876 in order to
escape military duty in the Russian army. The family came originally
from Germany with a colony with the understanding that the members thereof
were forever to be exempt from the Russian military law, but the promise
made by the Russian government was broken, hence their leaving the country.
The parents both died in Russia.
Upon coming to the United States Mr. Schoessler
located on a farm in Nebraska, where he remained five years. He came
to Adams county for the first time in 1883, having spent the intervening
time in the middle western states, Oregon and Walla Walla. During
his first trip to Adams county he merely looked over the land then returned
to Walla Walla. In 1886 he came again, located his present homestead,
and the following year began to make it his permanent home. For a
number of years he saw hard times in plenty, but by his persistent and
well-directed efforts he succeeded in his business and from time to time
purchased more land until he now owns a tract in extent as stated above.
All of his land is well improved and well cultivated.
In the year 1874 Mr. Schoessler was married
to Elizabeth Walter, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Butherus) Walter,
of German lineage but of Russian birth. They came to America in 1892,
remained one and one-half years then returned to Russia, where both are
now living. They are parents of seven children, George, Conrad, Jacob,
Christian, Elizabeth, Mary M., and Lizzie.
The brothers and sisters of Mr. Schoessler
are as follows, John, Anna, Elizabeth, Lena, Katherine and Lizzie.
To Mr. and Mrs. Schoessler have been born
four children: Jacob, Adams county; Henry and John, both also of the vicinity
of Ritzville; and Katie, wife of Fred Thiel, a prosperous Adams county
Mr. Schoessler is a Democrat and takes an
active interest in party affairs. He was elected to his present office
in 1901, and he has repeatedly held school offices. Both he and his
wife are members of the Congregational church.
Mr. Schoessler has very recently completed
a fine eight-room residence in Ritzville, which is now the family home,
instead of the farm, as heretofore.