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 M. SIEGMAN is the postmaster
and a general merchant at Mondovi, Washington. He was appointed postmaster
in 1891 and has held the position continuously since.
A native of Switzerland, he was born December
12, 1863, and before leaving the country to come to America in 1879 he
had received a good common school education. His father, Alois Siegman,
died in the old country in 1875; and his mother, Barbara Siegman, later
was married to Fred Lorenz, who died in Mondovi, in November, 1900.
The mother died here April 3, 1899, in her sixty-sixth year. He has
one sister, Bertha M., the wife of Frank E. Smith, of Camas, Washington.
On January 7, 1904, at the home of the bride's
mother, at Spokane, Washington, Mr. Siegman married Miss Rose Carr.
Mrs. Carr is now dwelling at 1714 Twelfth avenue, in the Falls City.
In addition to his business and the building in which it is conducted,
Mr. Siegman has a handsome residence across the street, where Mrs. Siegman
presides with gracious dignity.
Upon coming to America the family settled
first at Lincoln, Nebraska, and later in Nemaha county, Kansas, where the
subject followed farming. In the spring of 1889 they came to Colfax,
Washington, and from there to Cheney, thence, in 1890 he came to Mondovi,
installing upon his arrival the first stock, of goods ever brought to the
town. Being a man of limited means he started in business on a small
scale, and has gradually grown and branched out as business warranted until
now he carries the only complete line of general merchandise, including
dry goods, groceries, hardware, farm implements, paints, oils, drugs, and
patent medicines, in the town.
Mr. Siegman's fraternity affiliations are
limited to membership in the Loyal Americans; and he is a lifelong member
of the Catholic church.
Not only is Mr. Siegman a successful merchant
and a trustworthy public servant in his official capacity, but he is an
eminently public spirited citizen who has done much in the way of enhancing
the progress and development of his chosen town and county.