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.

     ERNST KUMMER is one of the heaviest property owners in Douglas county and it is greatly to his credit, when we note the fact that he came here with very limited means and has gained his present princely holdings by his own labor and wisdom.  Mr. Kummer resides about two and one-half miles east of Waterville, on his estate of eight hundred acres, which is all laid under tribute to produce various crops.  He has a very fine residence, built of brick containing ten rooms and supplied with all modern conveniences.  He also has a fine cellar thirty by thirty-two and his house is one of the finest in the county.  Other improvements, such as barns, wells, orchard, outbuildings, fences and so forth, enhance the value and add to the beauty of the estate.
     Ernst Kummer was born in Blumenau, Waldenburg, Germany, on March 17, 1848, the son of John and Charlotte (Alter) Kummer, natives of Germany.  Our subject was educated in the public schools and learned the wagon maker's trade before he was twenty years of age.  When twenty he joined the regular army and participated in the Franco-Prussian war, taking part in the battles of Weisserburg, Worth, Sedan and Metz.  He was also at the surrender of Paris.  For three years, he faithfully followed martial life, then was discharged at Dingnets in 1871.  Hoffman Van Der Mibbly was the captain of our subject's company.  In 1882, he came to Lasalle county, Illinois and did general work there for three years.  It was 1885, that he settled in Douglas county and since that he has been one of the most substantial and prosperous farmers of the entire county.  He has two brothers, Herman and Rinehardt, the former in Spokane and the latter in this county.  At Hosdorff, Germany, on September 2, 1873, Mr. Kummer married Miss Caroline, daughter of William and Johana Weltz, natives of Germany.  Mrs. Kummer was born in Germany, on April 8, 1856 and has one brother, William, and one sister, Henrietta Hoffman.  Mr. and Mrs. Kummer have become the parents of the following named children: Karl, born in Germany, April 29, 1877; Clara, wife of George Brodius, died in Northport, October 7, 1897; Ida M., born in Germany, March 14, 1880; Adfreda, born in Illinois, October 27, 1882, wife of Charles Fletcher now living in Waterville; Louisa, born in Montana, March 27, 1885; Ernest K., born in this county, October 10, 1886; Adilino, born in this county, August 8, 1889 and died on December 17, 1902; and Henry H., born in this county, April 13, 1892, living at home.  Mr. and Mrs. Kummer are adherents of the Lutheran church.  Their children have been educated in the schools at Waterville.