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.
OSCAR H. FRITSCH was born in
Waldenburg, Germany, on February 28, 1857, the son of Joseph and Pauline
(Kohler) Fritsch, natives of Germany and now deceased. He was educated
in his native country and then spent three and one half years in a general
store. In 1875, he came to the United States landing in Milwaukee.
For seven months he was working in a hotel then went to Red Wing, Minnesota,
where he learned the miller's trade. He followed that in Minnesota
for five years then went to Denver, Colorado and continued in his trade.
Later, he returned to Minnesota, then went to San Francisco. In 1881,
we find him at Walla Walla, Washington, and from that point he journeyed
to Spokane finally taking up a homestead where he now lives, about three
miles southwest from Edwall. After taking the homestead he spent
some time working on the railroad and soon began operations on his land
and to that he has added until he now owns three fourths of a section.
It is all choice wheat land and all fenced. He has a modern nine-room
house, large barns, plenty of outbuildings, windmill, orchard and all equipments
needed on a first class farm. Mr. Fritsch is one of the substantial
men of this section and has gained his property entirely through his own
labors. He stands well in the community and has always taken
a keen interest both in politics and educational affairs.
In 1888, Mr. Fritsch married Miss Bertha Rux,
a native of Minnesota. Her parents are living with Mr. Fritsch at
the present time. To this marriage four children have been born,
Cora, Charles, Emma and Nora, aged fifteen, thirteen, twelve and six, respectively.
Mr. Fritsch is a member of the Maccabees and
is one of the stirring and progressive citizens of Lincoln county.
Comparing it with various other sections where he has lived, Mr. Fritsch
is thoroughly convinced that the Big Bend country is one of the choice
farming regions to be found in the United States.