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.
GERHARD AND JOHN ROSENBALM.
About three miles north from Almira, on one of the richest, medium sized
estates of the county, dwell the two brothers whose names are at the head
of this sketch. They are well known men of responsibility and wealth
and have labored with excellent success in Lincoln county for nearly twenty
years. During this time their uprightness and integrity have ever
been in evidence and the result is that they have hosts of friends and
are influential men. They were born in Germany, the sons of Alvin
and Anna (Bremmer) Rosenbalm, natives of Germany. The mother was
an educated and talented lady and their father was a worthy and prominent
cloth weaver. Our subjects were educated in their native land and
wrought in their father's woolen mill, mastering the art of cloth weaving.
In 1882, they determined to view the new world and accordingly, came to
New York, whence they journeyed on to Missouri. For a time they were
occupied in working for wages and as it was their desire to see the country,
they would work for a few months, then travel. In this way, they
explored Minnesota, Dakota, Montana, and Oregon. In Oregon, they
wrought in the woolen mills until 1886, when they journeyed to Lincoln
county and bought land where they now live. Since then, they have
been identified with this country, its upbuilding, its improvement, and
its prosperity. Dame fortune seems to have chained her chariot to
these men, as they have been abundantly prospered and are among the wealthy
and leading citizens. As yet they have never seen fit to leave the
ranks of the order of jolly bachelors.