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
MADISON M. KUDER is to be enumerated
among the agriculturists of Douglas county, whose labors have made it one
of the most prosperous sections of the great state of Washington.
He resides about five miles northwest from Waterville and has since 1896,
given his entire attention to the improvement and cultivation of his estate.
Madison M. Kuder was born in Greene county,
on October 3, 1858 and his parents, George and Isabel (Brock) Kuder, were
natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana, respectively. The father descended
from Pennsylvania Dutch. Our subject was educated in the public schools
of Greene county, Iowa and remained with his parents until the age of twenty-four,
when he began farming for himself on an eighty acre tract of land
in Iowa. He remained there until 1885, then moved to Dakota where
he lived for two years, doing farming. Thence he journeyed back to
Iowa and in 1896, provided himself with teams and came overland to Douglas
county, consuming four months in the trip. He bought one hundred
and sixty acres of land, where his home now is and later filed on a quarter
section as homestead, near Moses coulee, which he relinquished in 1904.
Mr. Kuder raises grain on his farm largely and is also handling other crops
somewhat. He is a man of good principles and manifests thrift and
wise judgment in his endeavors here. He has one brother and three
sisters, George F., Mrs. A. C. Whitehall, Mrs. Barclay M. Whitehall,
and Mrs. Daniel Harsh.
It was in Fairview, Jones county, Iowa, on
February 18, 1884, that Mr. Kuder married Miss Emma M. Worden. She
was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on February 5, 1861, being the daughter
of Porter and Hannah M. (Lenard) Warden, natives of New York. Mr.
and Mrs. Kuder have been blessed by the advent of the following children:
Cora B. Keens, born in Greene county, Iowa, on December 22, 1884; Bessie
L., born in Faulk county, Dakota, on June 25, 1887, Chester M., born in
Greene county, Iowa, October 10, 1889; Mabel M., born in Greene county,
Iowa, on May 8, 1892; Lulu M., born in Greene county, Iowa, on April 28,
1895; George H., born in Douglas county, Washington on December 18, 1897;
Gladys E., born in Douglas county, Washington, August 10, 1900.
In religious persuasion, Mr. and Mrs. Kuder
are strong supporters of the Church of God, of which they are members.
In political matters, our subject is independent and in the general walk
of life, manifests a spirit of uprightness, which has won for him many