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 MAHRT resides about two
miles southwest from Reardan where he has a farm of seven hundred
and ninety acres. In addition to this, he has two hundred acres of
timber land in the county. He is a well known agriculturist and a
substantial and progressive man and recognized as one of the worthy property
owners of Lincoln county.
John Mahrt was born in Wisconsin, on February
25, 1857, being the son of John and Margaret (Jaeger) Mahrt, natives of
Germany and who are mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Our subject
received his education in the public schools of Wisconsin and after leaving
school at the age of seventeen, worked with his father on a farm until
they came to Lincoln county in 1880. He took a homestead and engaged
in grain and stock raising for himself and since that time he has acquired
land until he has the estate mentioned above. In addition to other
fine improvements, as barns, windmill, orchard and so forth, Mr. Mahrt
has an elegant nine room residence of modern architectural design which
is one of the choice rural abodes of the county.
In June, 1881, Mr. Mahrt married
Miss Julia Koopfmann, a native of Washington. To them, two children
were born, Charles and Anna. Mrs. Mahrt died in 1890. In 1891
Mr. Mahrt celebrated his second marriage, Ulrecka Doering, a native of
Germany, becoming his wife at that time. To them, one child has been
born, Otto. Mr. Mahrt has always recognized the resources of this
country and believes today that it stands second to none in the northwest.
In his labors, he has done much to improve the country and to stimulate
others in the same good work.