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
ERNST KUMMER is one of the heaviest
property owners in Douglas county and it is greatly to his credit, when
we note the fact that he came here with very limited means and has gained
his present princely holdings by his own labor and wisdom. Mr. Kummer
resides about two and one-half miles east of Waterville, on his estate
of eight hundred acres, which is all laid under tribute to produce various
crops. He has a very fine residence, built of brick containing ten
rooms and supplied with all modern conveniences. He also has a fine
cellar thirty by thirty-two and his house is one of the finest in the county.
Other improvements, such as barns, wells, orchard, outbuildings, fences
and so forth, enhance the value and add to the beauty of the estate.
Ernst Kummer was born in Blumenau, Waldenburg,
Germany, on March 17, 1848, the son of John and Charlotte (Alter) Kummer,
natives of Germany. Our subject was educated in the public schools
and learned the wagon maker's trade before he was twenty years of age.
When twenty he joined the regular army and participated in the Franco-Prussian
war, taking part in the battles of Weisserburg, Worth, Sedan and Metz.
He was also at the surrender of Paris. For three years, he faithfully
followed martial life, then was discharged at Dingnets in 1871. Hoffman
Van Der Mibbly was the captain of our subject's company. In 1882,
he came to Lasalle county, Illinois and did general work there for three
years. It was 1885, that he settled in Douglas county and since that
he has been one of the most substantial and prosperous farmers of the entire
county. He has two brothers, Herman and Rinehardt, the former in
Spokane and the latter in this county. At Hosdorff, Germany, on September
2, 1873, Mr. Kummer married Miss Caroline, daughter of William and Johana
Weltz, natives of Germany. Mrs. Kummer was born in Germany, on April
8, 1856 and has one brother, William, and one sister, Henrietta Hoffman.
Mr. and Mrs. Kummer have become the parents of the following named children:
Karl, born in Germany, April 29, 1877; Clara, wife of George Brodius, died
in Northport, October 7, 1897; Ida M., born in Germany, March 14, 1880;
Adfreda, born in Illinois, October 27, 1882, wife of Charles Fletcher now
living in Waterville; Louisa, born in Montana, March 27, 1885; Ernest K.,
born in this county, October 10, 1886; Adilino, born in this county, August
8, 1889 and died on December 17, 1902; and Henry H., born in this county,
April 13, 1892, living at home. Mr. and Mrs. Kummer are adherents
of the Lutheran church. Their children have been educated in the
schools at Waterville.