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.
HENRY F. SCHROEDER, of the firm
of Schroeder & Albeck, contractors and builders of Lind, Washington,
was born in Hamburg, Germany, December 22, 1873, the son of John and Mary
(Stauss) Schroeder, also natives of Germany. The parents came to
America in 1883, and located in Kankakee county, Illinois, where they still
live. The father is a contractor and builder, and still works at
Mr. Schroeder has two sisters, Mrs. Louisa
Schilling, Kankakee, Illinois, and Hermania, living with her parents, and
a brother in Germany. His grandfather served in the Franco-Russian
war. At the age of ten years our subject came to America with his
parents, attended school in Kankakee county, and when sixteen he began
learning the carpenter's trade, which he followed continuously until the
outbreak of the Spanish-American war. As a member of Company L. Third
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, having enlisted at Springfield, he went to
Chattanooga, where he drilled until going with his company to Porto Rico.
Under the command of General Brooks he participated in the capture of Aroyo,
Guayama, and other stations, and on October 23, 1898, he was wounded and
sent to the hospital. Here he contracted a severe case of typhoid
fever and was placed aboard a hospital ship and brought to Port Comfort
and placed in Josiah hospital. After six weeks he was sufficiently
recovered as to be able to return home, where he recuperated a year then
came west. He came to Spokane first, and later toured Eastern Washington
and Oregon, finally settling, in 1899, at Lind. He also took a homestead
of one hundred and sixty acres of land nine miles from Lind, which he has
in cultivation and well improved. He has a fine home in town, and
is in a prosperous condition. His firm does practically all the contracting
there is done in town.
Politically he is a Republican, and takes
an active interest in the affairs of his party. He is a member of
the German Baptist church.