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.

     JULIUS HELLWIG is one of the prosperous farmers and stockmen of Douglas county and resides about eleven miles northwest from Ephrata.  He was born near Marienwerder, Prussia, Germany, on March 28, 1855, the son of Christopher and Florentina (Toelk) Hellwig, natives of Prussia.  The father was a soldier for many years.  The public schools of his native country supplied the educational training of our subject and when sixteen years of age, he bade farewell to the Fatherland and sailed to the United States.  For a time he worked in New York and then went to Boston, Massachusetts, and engaged in the sugar refinery for a year.  From there he journeyed to Bloomington, Illinois, and did general work until 1876, when he returned to Germany on a visit.  The next year, he came back to the United States and concluded to try the western portion.  Accordingly he went to Montana, but finding it too cold, he went thence to California.  Afterwards, he made his way north to Washington.  He went thence to Alberta, where he engaged in the stock business for some time.  He operated along the High river until 1883, then moved to North Dakota and farmed, taking up a pre-emption.  Selling that, he came back to Washington and in 1887 settled where we now find him.  He now has three hundred and twenty acres of land under cultivation, well improved and a fine stock of cattle and horses.  Mr. Hellwig has three brothers and one sister, Karl, William, Hermann, and Mrs. Augusta Lutz.
     At Cheyenne, Dakota, in 1884, Mr. Hellwig married Miss Amelia, the daughter of Gotfred and Louisa Ponto, natives of Prussia.  Mrs. Hellwig has three brothers and one sister, Julius, August, Frank and Alvena Todd.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hellwig, two children have been born, Lillie, on February 16, 1886, and Esther, on July 28, 1895.  The former in North Dakota and the latter on Sage Brush flat, Douglas county.  Mr. and Mrs. Hellwig are adherents of the Lutheran church and are very worthy people.
     Mr. Hellwig's brother, Karl, served in the Franco-Prussian war, being actively engaged through every battle of that conflict.  The Emperor of Germany, William First, personally presented him with two fine medals.