Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES H. A. FREYTAG.
Many of our leading and most substantial citizens have come to us from
the fatherland and it is very pleasant to welcome from this land those
who have the enterprise and spirit to step forth in the new relations and
assume the responsibilities of living in a new country. Such a one
is the subject of this article, who is now one of the prosperous and leading
farmers in the Chumstick valley, Chelan county. His farm lies about
seven miles up the Valley from Leavenworth and consists of one hundred
and sixty acres, well improved and devoted to raising fruit and general
and diversified crops. Mr. Freytag also has a sawmill which he has
brought in for the accommodation of his neighbors and himself and it cuts
as much lumber during the year as is needed for the community. Mr.
Freytag possesses good mechanical ability, as is evidenced by his erection
and operation of the saw mill, in addition to attending to the duties of
Charles H. A. Freytag was born in Germany
on September 25, 1854, the son of Carl and Minnie (Frevert) Freytag, natives
of Germany. The father died in 1874, but the mother is still living.
Our subject has the following brothers and sisters, William, Louise, Dora
and Momie, all in the United States. Charles was well educated in
Germany and received, also, training in civil engineering. When he
arrived at man's estate, he entered the regular army and for three years
served in the civil engineer corps. It was 1877 that he left Germany
and journeyed to the United States. He traveled to various portions
of the West and Northwest and finally came to Washington, in 1886.
For five years subsequent thereto, he lived in Ellensburg, then came to
his present place in the Chumstick valley.
In 1882, at San Francisco, Mr. Freytag married
Miss Matilda Koch. Mr. Freytag is a member of the Foresters and politically
is a strong and active Republican. He has been school director for
years and always takes a keen interest in the welfare of the community
and is progressive.