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.
OSCAR J. FAHLEN, a leading business
man of Sprague and now at the head of the city brewery, is a native of
Munich, Bavaria, and was born on November 3, 1864. His parents, Andrew
and Elizabeth (Schutle) Fahlen, were born in Munich, Bavaria, on September
12, 1818, and at Leisku, Madgeburg, on October 19, 1820, respectively.
The mother died in 1878 and the father served in the Danish and German
wars in 1848-49 and is still living. He retired from business in
1886. Our subject received a good education in the public schools
and then attended the Heidelberg university. He learned brewing from
his father and in 1884, sailed from Bremen to Norfolk, Virginia.
Thence he went to Philadelphia and worked at his trade and soon came to
Tacoma where he entered the services of John Schull, proprietor of the
only brewery in that city at that time. Later, Mr. Fahlen enlisted
in the United States army and served in the campaign against Sitting Bill
in 1890-91. He also served in the Spanish-American war with the Third
Artillery. He was honorably discharged and returned to San Diego,
California, and followed his trade until 1893, when he came to Sprague,
and leased the Sprague brewery from R. 0. Porak. He has remodeled
and overhauled the same, putting in all modern brewery appliances needed,
and has the plant now in excellent shape and is running it at full capacity.
If the trade he has worked up continues, he will have to double the capacity
of the brewery in a very short time.
At Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on May 28, 1899,
Mr. Fahlen married Miss Bertha Becker, the daughter of a prosperous farmer.
Her parents, Frederick and Christina B., are still at Sioux Falls, South
Dakota. To Mr. and Mrs. Fahlen three children have been born, Elouise,
Hellena and Oscar G.
Mr. Fahlen belongs to the I. 0. 0. F., the
F. A. and the Sons of Herman. He is a thorough and energetic business
man and stands at the head of a very prosperous business. He has
one of the finest breweries in the state and superintends it himself, turning
out the finest product to be found in this part of the country.