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.
THEODORE W. HAAS, although not
classed as one of the oldest pioneers in Sprague is certainly one of the
most energetic and progressive of business men. He is handling a
general merchandise establishment at the present time, having started the
same in January, 1904. He is a young man of excellent ability and
has made a record in the business world and thus far a very enviable one.
Presaging the future by the past, we have every reason to expect that Mr.
Haas will win the abundant success in Sprague that he is entitled to because
of his worth and his labor.
Theodore W. Haas was born in Neenah, Wisconsin,
on November 8, 1871. His father, Sebastian Haas, was born in Antwerp,
Belgium, and came to America when a young lad. For fifteen years,
he followed the mercantile business in Wisconsin and for fifteen, the same
in Spokane. Then he retired from that channel of business and is
now devoting his energies to mining and real estate business in Spokane.
He is one of the early pioneers of that thriving city and is well known
as a man who has accomplished much that is beneficial to the city as
well as providing a competence for himself. The mother of our subject,
Mary A. (Kelley) Haas was born in Watertown, Wisconsin. Her father
was a judge on the bench for many years and is now living in Spokane.
Theodore W. attended the sisters school in
Spokane and later graudated from Gonzaga college, a well known educational
institution of the Inland Empire. After completing his course there,
he entered the employment of the Crescent Dry Goods Company, one of the
largest establishments in the state of Washington. For seven years, he
operated as salesman there, then took a position with the same company
on the road, continuing in the same until he opened his present business
in Sprague in January, 1904. He has a fine location and an excellent
stock of goods and is favored with a fine patronage. Mr. Haas is
a member of the K. C. of Spokane, and also belongs to the Catholic church.