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.
HERMAN A. MAURER is a native
of Bay county, Michigan, born August 30, 1876, the son of George and Anna
(Stengle) Maurer, both native Germans and both now living near Rocklyn,
Washington. Herman A. is the youngest of a family of thirteen children,
eleven of whom are living. He spent his boyhood on a farm, and came
to Lincoln county with his parents in 1889. He remained at home until
arriving at his majority, when he went to Spokane and worked for some time
in a hardware establishment. Upon his return to Lincoln county he
resolved to cease working for others, and as he was without the necessary
means, he borrowed money with which to buy three hundred and twenty acres
of land in one body, and the homestead right to an adjacent quarter section,
making him in all four hundred and eighty acres of grain land. It
is all now under cultivation and well improved with well-constructed modern
buildings, a choice orchard and an abundance of water, which is pumped
with a windmill, and piped to various portions of the farm. He has
plenty of implements and horses, with a small herd of cattle, and is now
completely unincumbered by debt.
On November 18, 1900, Mr. Maurer was married
to Bertha C. Mielke, a native of Wabasha county, Minnesota. Her father
and mother were Goettlieb and Minnie (Kruger) Mielke, both born in Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Mielke came from Germany to Minnesota, and from there to Lincoln
county in 1883. Here the father died about ten years ago. The
mother is still living in the county. Mrs. Maurer has one brother,
Mr. and Mrs. Maurer have one child, Wallace
L., who was born on the wedding anniversary of his parents.
The family affiliates with the German Methodist
Episcopal church, and is one of the most highly respected in the community.