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.

     ADAM OPPEL is a son of the fatherland, whence came so many of the most thrifty and substantial citizens of the United States.  He was born in Bavaria on January 17, 1855, the son of George and Mary (Degen) Oppel, natives of Germany.  The public schools of Germany contributed the educational training that our subject received and he was a faithful and an obedient son under the parental roof, until twenty-one yeas of age, at which time he enlisted in the regular army and served for three years.  It was 1882, that he left the environments of his home land and came to the United States, seeking for better fields of activity.  For about four years, he resided in Minnesota and in 1887, came to Ellensburg, Washington, where he was engaged in a brewery for one year.  It was in 1888, that he finally came to Douglas county and selected a homestead two miles north from Southside, where we find him at the present time.  He has bought another quarter section and devotes the whole estate to the production of small grains of which he raises abundant crops.  The place is supplied with an abundance of pure spring water, good residence, barns, outbuildings, orchard and so forth and is one of the comfortable and valuable rural abodes of the county.  Mr. Oppel has the following brothers and sisters, John, Mordz, Mary, Koony, Margaret and Katherine, all living in Germany.
     On January 15, 1889, Mr. Oppel married Miss Elsie Roberts.  Her parents, Matthew and Suzie (Hilgen) Roberts, were natives of Luxumburg, Germany.  Mrs. Oppel was born in Luxumburg on September 12, 1860 and has five brothers, Matthew, Nicholas, Michael, Burnhardt, and Martin.  On April 4, 1899 at the family home in Douglas county, Mrs. Oppel was called to pass to the realities of another world.  She left the following named children: George, born on October 29, 1889; Michael S., born on October 19, 1897, and Adam S., born on March 11, 1899 and died in August, 1900.  All natives of this county.
     Mr. Oppel is a good reliable man and loyal citizen and one of the industrious makers of the section.  He is entitled to receive the approval and esteem of all who know him.