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.

     EIELT J. COORDES is a native of the province of Hanover, Germany and comes from the stanch blood whence has sprung some of the most noted men of the world.  Possessed of that sturdiness which is characteristic of his race, and guided with consummate wisdom, he has pursued his way steadily and has gained a success which is the sure meed of merit.  At the present time he is the owner of eight hundred acres of fine land lying where the old town of Okanogan used to stand, and in fact a portion of his farm is the site of that early burg.  This excellent estate is all in crop and produces annually large returns of wheat and other small grains.  Good substantial improvements are in evidence and Mr. Coordes is considered one of the leading agriculturists in the county, and it is sure that dame fortune has smiled on his efforts.
     Eielt J. Coordes was born on March 10, 1854, the son of John E. and Wubike O. (Agena) Coordes, natives of the province of Hanover Germany.  Our subject was well educated in the public schools of Thune, his native city, and there remained until he had reached manhood's estate.  When twenty, he enlisted in the Seventy-eighth Regiment, Company Two, of the regular German army and served until 1876, being under Captain Weckmann.  Mr. Coordes was an expert shot and held the honors of his company during his entire time of service.  Following his military career, he returned to the life of the civilian and remained still in Germany until 1883.  In that year he came from the Fatherland, bidding good-bye to dear ones and cherished scenes, determined to try his fortune in the new world.  For the first two years after arriving here he was in Woodford county, Illinois, engaged in railroad contracting.  Then he came west to Ritzville, Washington, where he remained until the spring of 1887.  Thence he came to his present location and here he has remained since, achieving the success that comes to the truly industrious who are guided by wisdom.  In addition to his farming, he has devoted considerable attention to raising cattle and the result is that he has a large band of well graded stock.
     Mr. Coordes has two sisters, Mrs. Ettje Dirkzen, and Mrs. Johanna J. Eben, both living in the province of Hanover.
     In Illinois, on November 10, 1883, Mr. Coordes married Miss Mary, daughter of Jurgen and Euke O. (Agena) Kutcher, natives of Germany.  Mrs. Coordes was born in the province of Hanover, on November 15, 1856.  To this worthy couple the following children have been born; Anna E., on December 2, 1884; John E., on August 5, 1886; William E., on April 10, 1892; Amy E., on September 16, 1894; and Owen E., on June 12, 1897.  The first two were natives of Illinois and the last three of this county.  Mr. and Mrs. Coordes are consistent members of the Lutheran church in Douglas and from childhood up they have been under the influence of this denomination.