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
PETER J. FRIESINGER is one of
the leading business men of Waterville, where he has wrought for nearly
a decade in such manner that success has attended his efforts in a high
degree. He is owner and operator of the drug store and has a fine
trade. In addition to this, Mr. Friesinger practices as a veterinary.
He is a man of social qualities and has many friends in the town and surrounding
Peter J. Friesinger was born near Trier, Germany,
on April 20, 1877. His parents, Nichols and Mary A. (Josephs) Friesinger,
were also natives of Germany. They came to the United States in 1881
and are now living in Little Falls, Minnesota. Our subject attended
the German schools in McHenry county, Illinois, and then the schools in
Little Falls, Minnesota, after which he completed a good business course.
During a good portion of this time he was also occupied in the drug store
of M. V. Wetzel, in Little Falls, where he became very proficient in pharmacy.
He continued there until 1897, when a move was made to Spokane, after which
he went to Stevens county, Washington. Only a short time was spent
there and he came on to Waterville, having been appointed trustee of the
Hobson stock of drugs in this town, the same being in litigation.
Judge Hanford, of the United States court, made the appointment.
Later, Mr. Friesinger bought the stock and since that time has conducted
the drug store, where he has done a good business. His stock is complete
and well selected, being full in every line usually carried, by a druggist.
Mr. Friesinger has two brothers, Matthew, Hubert, and one sister, Mrs.
At Baldwin, Wisconsin, on January 15, 1900,
Mr. Friesinger married Miss Zulla R. G., the daughter of John D. and Levina
(Phellps) Wood, now dwelling in Lake City, Minnesota. Mrs. Friesinger
was born in Goodhue county, Minnesota, on November 2, 1878, and she has
one brother and two sisters, John D., Mrs. Zana Van Hacke, and Irene.
Mr. Friesinger is a member of the Maccabees, and is chief of the fire department.
He is a man of energy and is well posted in the issues of the day, ever
taking a lively part in political matters and also in the general progress
of the county and the town.