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.
CHRISTIAN VOGT is a native of
Hochdorf, Kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, born October 11, 1859.
He is now a prosperous farmer residing three and a half miles northeast
of Lind. His father was John F. and his mother Katherine (Reichart)
Vogt, both lifelong residents of Germany. Mr. Vogt's grandfather,
Jacob Reichart, served in four different wars as a soldier: those of 1803,
1806 and 1809 with Austria and with Napoleon, and the war of 1812 with
Our subject is one of only two surviving children
of a family of seven. He has a sister, Mary, married to Jacob Koch,
living in Lind. Early in his boyhood Mr. Vogt attended school, but
at the age of fourteen he left school to learn the stone cutter's trade.
He worked at his trade continuously until arriving at the age of twenty,
when he entered the German army. He remained in the army two years,
and in 1882 came to America, located in Michigan where he lived five years
then came to Ritzville in March, 1887. From Ritzville he went to
Walla Walla, where he worked on a farm until October of the same year.
Then he returned to Ritzville and took a homestead eight miles southwest
of town, which seven year's later he sold in order to purchase his present
home. Here he has five hundred and forty acres, four hundred and
fifty of which are under cultivation, well improved with good buildings,
a fine orchard, et cetera, and an abundance of water.
Mr. Vogt is an active Democrat, and an energetic
worker in matters of education. He has assisted in organizing two
school districts in his county, and is at the present writing director
of his school district. He is a member of the M. W. A. fraternity,
and a lifelong follower of the Lutheran faith.
In 1895, occurred the marriage of Christian
Vogt to Mary Krehbiel, daughter of Christian and Magdalena (Dester) Krehbiel,
natives of Germany, who came to America in 1882. The parents lived
first in Illinois, later in Kansas, and finally, in 1891, came to Washington,
where they farmed until they died and were both buried in Adams county.
They were parents of ten children, eight of whom are living, Katherina,
Jacob, Christian, John, Daniel, Mary, Magdalena and Susana. Mr. and
Mrs. Vogt have five children, Susana, Waldemer, Oscar, Magdelina, and Luise.
Mr. Vogt is a member of the Mennonite church.