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 N. WOLFRUM, a farmer residing
three and one half miles west of Egypt, was born in Bavaria, Germany, February
1, 1855, the son of John M. and Margaret Wolfrum. He has one brother,
George, who lives in Germany.
John Wolfrum was a regular soldier in the
German army prior to his sailing from Bremen to New York in 1880.
He arrived at New York without money, and borrowed enough to take him to
Chicago, from which city he soon went to Fort Snelling, Minnesota, where
he accepted employment from the government teaming at the fort. He
was still in the employ of the United States when he came to Fort Spokane,
and was engaged in freighting for the government between Fort Spokane and
Sprague and Spokane for eight years. He then bought a quarter section
of railroad land where he now lives, and set to work improving his home.
He started in with a small cabin for a domicile, and for a time was greatly
hampered by poverty, but he now is worth considerable in cash and has a
fine home with plenty of stock, implements, and so forth, to successfully
cultivate his farming land, of which he has two hundred and forty acres.
He also has about an equal amount of timber and pasture land. He
raises principally grain.
Mr. Wolfrum was married to Lena Schleer, a
native of Baden, Germany, January 7, 1891. Mrs. Wolfrum came to the
United States with her mother, who is now living in this vicinity, in 1889.
Her father died in Germany. Mrs. Wolfrum has one brother, a jeweler
by trade, still in Germany.
To Mr. and Mrs. Wolfrum have been born three
children, John G., William G., and Hannah.
Mr. and Mrs. Wolfrum are devoted members of
the Lutheran church, and are people of the highest moral and financial
standing in their community.