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.

     GUSTAV DEPNER, who, although Russian born, is as good and patriotic an American citizen as can be found in Lincoln county, in which he resides on a farm three-fourths of a mile north of Rocklyn.
     Mr. Depner was born October 28, 1860, in Poland, Russia, where he grew to manhood on a farm, and served for five years in the regular Russian army at Odessa, near the Black Sea.  In 1892 he came to the province of Assiniboine, Canada, and took work on salary, and came to Lincoln county four years later, where, after working for wages a short time, he filed a homestead claim on his present farm.  Since that time he has followed the cultivation of his land and the raising of stock.  He with his family came to this place from his farmer home in a small wagon drawn by one horse, which journey entailed many hardships and consumed seven weeks' time, and reached here with just fifteen dollars in money.  However, he has been a hard-working and frugal farmer, and is now in decidedly comfortable circumstances.
     Gustav Depner is the son of Goetleib and Minnie Depner, both of the same place of birth, as himself and is a member of a family of ten children, two of whom, Frederick and Daniel, also are residents of Lincoln county.
     On January 4, 1886, Mr. Depner was married in Poland, to Bertha Krop, also a native of Poland.  Her father and mother were Gotleib and Millie Krop, and they, too, were born in Russia.  The issues of this marriage have been seven in number, but only four are now living.  Their names, with places and dates of birth are: Gotleib, Poland, October 28, 1888; Martin, Russia proper, April 2, 1892; Gustav, Assiniboine, Canada, March 24, 1894; and Emil, Lincoln county, Washington, April 15, 1903.
     Both Mr. and Mrs. Depner are members of the Evangelical church, and are of the highest standing in the community.  Mr. Depner owns his home place of one hundred and sixty acres, for the most part in cultivation, and all well improved, with a fine house, good barn, orchard, and so forth, and in addition, three hundred and twenty acres of pasture land.