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.
JOHN HEID, son of John and Elizabeth
Heid, was born at Heidelburg, Province of Baden, Germany, December 20,
1849, grew to manhood on a farm in his native country, where he also learned
the carpenter's trade, and in the spring of 1870, sailed for the United
States, in company with his brother Conrad, now of Cass county, Missouri.
He has another brother in America, George, near Larene.
Upon arriving at New York the two set out
for Cass county, Missouri, where they were to meet a friend, but their
money gave out at St. Louis, where they were compelled to take work to
earn enough to carry them on to their destination. Upon reaching
Cass county, it was but a matter of a short time until Mr. Heid was farming
for himself, and in the spring of 1880 he came by way of San Francisco
and Portland to Walla Walla, where he worked for a time on salary.
In October, 1880, he located his present homestead one and three fourth
miles west of Larene, and the following spring moved upon it and has remained
here ever since that time. Having but very scant means at his command,
he was forced to put up with many hardships and inconveniences and live
in a crude log cabin for a number of years until he got a start, but he
is now one of the wealthiest farmers in the county. He owns four
hundred acres of agricultural land and one hundred and eighty acres of
timber and pasture. He has all good improvements, a fine house, a
large barn and an excellent orchard.
John Heid was married to Della E. Taylor,
a native of Illinois, October 15, 1882. She was the daughter of Benjamin
and Eunice (Whitney) Taylor, and with them traveled extensively over the
states of Minnesota, Nebraska, and California, and came to the vicinity
of Larene in 1881, where the parents both died. She has two sisters,
Mrs. Ida Sanders, of Larene, and Mrs. Edith Moore, of Cheney.
To this union have been born three children:
Harry E., a student of the Washington Agricultural college at Pullman;Emma
E., and George K.
Hr. Heid has always been an active and liberal
worker in school matters and is regarded as being one of the most trustworthy
and useful citizens of his locality.