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 J. DEWALD is a well-to-do
farmer residing on a three hundred and sixty-acre tract of agricultural
land three and one-half miles north of Paha, Adams county. He was
born in Russia, June 22, 1873, and was the son of George J. and Mary (Rhoderberger)
Dewald, a brief sketch of whose lives is incorporated with the sketch of
the life of Jacob Dewald, a brother of our subject, which may be found
elsewhere in this history. A register of the brothers and sisters
of Mr. Dewald is also given with the sketch of the brother mentioned.
John J. Dewald is a man of good common school
education, which he acquired in Hitchcock county, Nebraska. In 1882
he came with his parents to Walla Walla and later removed to Klickatat
county, Washington. He made his home with his parents until attaining
the age of twenty-five years, when he purchased his present farm, which
since that time has furnished him a pleasant home and more than a living.
He had managed each year to set aside some capital until now he is one
of the prosperous and substantial citizens of his county. His land
is all under cultivation and well improved, is well located, and contains
a first class orchard and fine farm buildings.
Mr. Dewald was married in 1900 to Mary Oestreich,
daughter of Kasper and Katie Oestreich, native Russians who came to America
in 1872. They first located in Nebraska, and later came to their
present location. Mrs. Dewald is a sister of Peter, John, Henry,
Christ, and Mrs. Lizzie Dewald, wife of the subject's brother George.
In political circles, Mr. Dewald affiliates
with the Republican party, and is a diligent party worker. He also
takes a deep interest in school matters, and is now, and has been for three
years, the clerk of his local school board. He holds membership in
the M. W. A., of Ritzville, and both he and Mrs. Dewald are members of
the Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewald are the parents of three
children, Jesse L., Leland R., and Ellen, aged four years, two years and
six months, respectively.