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
JOHN H. WITTE resides about eighty
rods south from Southside Postoffice, where he has an estate of one-half
section of good farming land. All of this land is under cultivation
and produces excellent crops of small grains. The place is provided
with a comfortable residence, barns, and so forth and shows in every detail
the skill and thrift of the owner. Mr. Witte has gained considerable
distinction in breeding Poland China hogs. He raises excellent animals
and is becoming a very expert producer. He also handles good cattle
John H. Witte was born in Mecklenburg, Germany,
on August 17, 1872, the son of August H. and Sophia (Shroder) Witte, natives
of Germany. The father served in the Franco-Prussian war. Our
subject came with his father to the United States in 1876, and was educated
in the public schools of Iroquois county, Illinois where he remained until
nineteen. 1891 marks the year in which he came to Douglas county,
choosing the homestead where he now resides as his place of settlement.
Since that time, he has wrought here without interruption in general farming
and stock raising and is known over the county as one of the substantial
men who is ever laboring for the general advancement as well as the forwarding
of his own business enterprises.
Mr. Witte has two brothers, August H. and
Charles J., and one sister, Lena Dohmeyer.
The marriage of Mr. Witte and Miss Maud Johnson
occurred at Waterville, on January 31, 1895. The parents of the bride
are J. M. and Eliza (Andrews) Johnson, natives of Missouri and living in
this county. Mrs. Witte was born in Butler, Missouri, on October
1, 1878 and has four brothers and one sister, Buford C., Edward B., Gilmer,
William, and Mrs. Jessie M. Atkinson, all living in this county except
the first one, who resides in Montana. Mr. and Mrs. Witte have been
blessed by the advent of two children: John Keith, born January 7, 1896;
Mabel May, born on January 22, 1900.
Mr. Witte was raised under the influence of
the Lutheran church and is a supporter of that institution and of public
enterprises for the good of the community.