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
HARRY OCHS resides in the town of Harrington. He is a native of Prussia, born December 19, 1854, the son of Sebastian and Martha Ochs, and was reared for the most part in Frankfort, Germany. After receiving his education, he served for three years in the German army, finishing the same in the latter part of 1879. So well had he done his duty that he was qualified for an officer's position and had he remained, he would have been promoted.
In 1880 he came to the United States and direct to California, in which state he worked at various occupations until coming to Lincoln county, Washington, in 1884, where he took a homestead. He came to the country without means and was compelled to work for wages in order to make the improvements required by law upon his land. His claim lay two and one-half miles south of the present site of Mohler, which vicinity was very thinly peopled at that time. He went to Walla Walla two seasons to work in the harvest fields, and at other times worked for various farmers in the Big Bend.
During the spring of 1900 he was married to Mrs. Emma (McCallup) Owen, a native of Illinois, who came to Lincoln county twelve years since.
After his marriage he devoted his entire time to his personal farming operations, and in so doing endured many hardships to make the business pay. However, times with him soon improved, and by dint of relentless effort and energy he has succeeded in accumulating four sections of choice grain land, all of which is cultivated and improved according to the methods of the best up-to-date farmers. He has good buildings on his farm, a first class water system and ten acres of orchard. In fact, it is one of the best improved farms in the country. He also has a handsome modern home in Harrington, where he is now living. In addition to this home he owns several choice lots and three good tenament houses in the city.
Mr. Ochs has two step-cildren, Edith and Grace Owen; and two others, issues of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ochs; Martha E. and Harry L.
Mr. Ochs is a member of the Lutheran church, and considered to be one of the best citizens in the town of Harrington.