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.
BRUNO W. FELDER, in his chosen
occupation, that of jeweler, has done creditably as is evidenced constantly
by his skillful and careful work. He has a fine establishment in
Wilbur and handles a thriving business, carries a large stock of goods
and he does much repairing.
Bruno W. Felder was born in Missouri, in 1853,
being the son of Abraham and Katherine (Mettler) Felder, natives of Switzerland.
Bruno W. Felder's ancestors came from the country whence hail the finest
jewelers and mechanics the world has ever known. The father came
to Missouri when thirty-five years of age and followed his profession,
being a physician of very high reputation. He received his degree
from Heidelberg university, Germany, as well as from some of the other
leading universities of the world and started very high in the profession.
He died in 1883. The mother's father, Dr. Mettler, was one of the
most prominent and skillful physicians in Switzerland. After a primary
training in the public schools, our subject received a college education
in Weston, Missouri, after which he took up the jeweler business, becoming
very skillful and proficient. For five years, he was thus engaged
in St. Louis and in 1871 went to Atchison, Kansas, continuing there in
the same business for four years. After that, he did business in
Alton, Illinois, for a short time, and then spent eight years in Colorado.
Following that, we find him in the jeweler business in Los Angeles, and
on January 13, 1890, he located at Wilbur, Washington. Here he opened
a jeweler store and has since continued steadily in business. He
has a handsome residence in Wilbur besides other property and also half
a section of land in Yakima county, Washington.
In January, 1891, at Los Angeles, California,
Mr. Felder married Miss Emma Fleshman, who was born in Humboldt county,
California, on October 2, 1866. Her father, Herman Fleshman, was
a wealthy merchant of Homboldt county. Mr. Felder has the following
brothers and sisters, Zeno, Harry, Louis, Nina, Eliza, Paulina, Gussie
and May. To Mr. and Mrs. Felder one child has been born, Herman A.
Mr. Felder is affiliated with the A. 0. U.
W., the W. W., and the K. 0. T. M. He is a substantial member of
society, wealthy and well esteemed.