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.
HENRY MAHRT was born in Ozaukee
county, Wisconsin, on January 10, 1868. His parents, John and Margaret
(Jaeger) Mahrt, were natives of Germany and are mentioned elsewhere in
this volume. At the early age of seven, our subject was called to
take up the responsibilities of life and everything he has gained has been
through his own labors since. He secured a good common school education
and then labored in various places until eighteen. At that age, it
being 1886, he came to what is now the town of Reardan and after investigating,
bought a quarter section of railroad land. This he traded for the
relinquishment to a homestead right and afterwards bought a half section
more which today forms his estate, about a mile north from Reardan.
He has an elegant eight room house, commodious barn, windmill, the land
all fenced and under cultivation, a good orchard, and other improvements.
Since settling here, Mr. Mahrt has given his undivided attention to the
improvement and cultivation of his estate and he has been exceptionally
well prospered. He is one of the stable and enterprising men of the
At Spokane, in April, 1892, Mr. Mahrt married
Miss Annie, daughter of John and Mary S. McCrea, natives of Scotland.
The mother died when Mrs. Mahrt was four years old and the father came
to Lincoln county in 1887 and is still living here. Mrs. Mahrt was
born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and came to the United States in 1887.
To Mr. and Mrs. Mahrt six children have been born, Henrietta, Edward A.,
Elsie, James, Henry W., deceased, and Roy. Mr. Mahrt is a member
of the W. W., while his wife belongs to the circle. He has always
taken the interest in politics that becomes a good citizen and has held
various offices. The Big Bend country with its boundless resources
has strongly appealed to Mr. Mahrt and after carefully considering and
investigating thoroughly, he has come to the conclusion that it is one
of the finest places in the country to make a home. When he landed
here, he had but very little capital but his industry and thrift have given
him a good holding and he has done a great deal to build up and develop