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
GUSTAV ZUDE, deceased.
Among the most active and stirring men of Douglas county could be mentioned
the subject of this memorial when he was living. He led an upright
and faithful life and won hosts of friends, being highly esteemed by all.
His labors in this county and elsewhere speak for themselves and it was
a day of sincere mourning when the sad news of his death was announced.
Gustav Zude was born in western Prussia, on
August 7, 1853, the son of August and Caroline Zude, both natives of Germany.
The father served in the regular army of Germany and was a good and well
known man. Our subject was educated in the schools where he was born
and in 1872, came thence to Pilot Knob, Missouri. He was soon engaged
in the iron mines of Iron county and for twelve years wrought steadily
there. Then on account of failing health he determined to retire
from active work for a time. He accordingly traveled west to Utah
and later went into the mines there, remaining for three years. After
that he went to Elkhorn, Montana, where he engaged in mining for two years.
It was in 1890 that Mr. Zude came on to Douglas county, and after due search
he took a pre-emption and later a homestead where the family now reside,
about two miles northeast from Farmer. He devoted himself industriously
to general farming and stock raising and won the good success that his
labors merited. He continued here and was always found on the side
of those movements which were for the betterment of the community and always
exerted a good influence. In 1903, Mr. Zude failed in health and
no means found seemed to relieve the progress of disintegration and finally
on March 11, 1903, he passed to the world beyond. His memory is fragrant
through a well spent life, wise counsels and good deeds. Mrs. Zude
is now handling the estate, which is well improved and she has taken up
the burdens devolving upon her with a fortitude and spirit which presage
good success in her efforts.
Mr. Zude had one brother, Carl, and one sister,
Mrs. Minnie Gunther. The marriage of Mr. Zude and Miss Amelia Janka
occurred in Missouri, on October 2, 1872. The parents of the bride
were George and Minnie (Zude) Janka, natives of Germany. To Mr. and
Mrs. Zude the following named children have been born; Herman, on November
2, 1873; Lena W., on January 20, 1886; Alfred, on December 24, 1890; Alma
A., on April 1, 1893. The first two are natives of Pilot Knob and
the others were born in this county. Mrs. Zude is a member of the
Lutheran church, the denomination to which her husband belonged.