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
LOUIS BRANDT is in partnership
with Mr. Hopp, mentioned in another portion of this work, and together
they handle a fine mercantile business at Bridgeport. In addition
to this, Mr. Brandt owns about one section of excellent land, four hundred
and sixty acres of which are producing wheat. He has other property
in this county and is one of the wealthy and influential men.
Louis Brandt was born in the province of Hanover,
Germany on January 17, 1862, the son of John and Maria (Vibrock) Brandt,
natives of Hanover. After completing the high school course, our
subject entered the normal school and received a very thorough education.
On May 6, 1880, he landed New York and for two years subsequent was engaed
as salesman in a mercantile house. Then he came to Woodford county,
Illinois, in the same occupation. In 1884, we find Mr. Brandt in
San Francisco, whence he journeyed to Walla Walla and Pendleton, spending
four years in these places, being engaged variously. It was 1889,
when he came to Douglas county, stopping the first year in Douglas City.
Then he began to work for Charles Harris, conducting a lumber business
in Badger Mountain and in Waterville. Later, he was deputy assessor
under John E. Hopp, during which time he filed on a pre-emption in the
Bridgeport community. He also collected taxes for Walter Mann, the
county treasurer. In 1892, Mr. Brandt began giving his attention
to his land and added to the same until he now has about one section.
He raised stock and did general farming until 1902, when he entered into
partnership with Mr. Hopp as stated above and together they are operating
a large business in Bridgeport at this time.
Mr. Brandt has one brother, John and one sister,
Mrs. Katrina Holsten.
At Bridgeport, on April 18, 1897, Mr. Brandt
married Miss Tillie Kropp, daughter of Lewis and Annie (Klouth) Kropp,
natives of Germany. Mrs. Brandt was born on October 20, 1880, in
Lincoln county, Nebraska, and has one brother, John. To Mr. and Mrs.
Brandt three children have been born: Annie M., October 7, 1899; Lillie
H., December 9, 1900; and Ruby Rachel, August 18, 1903. All were
born in Bridgeport.
Mr. and Mrs. Brandt are both adherents of
the Lutheran church.