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.

     HERMAN F. HARMS is a popular and respected man of Lincoln county.  His estate of one section lies seven miles north from Almira and is made valuable and beautiful by having all kinds of improvements necessary on a first class farm and his residence is as fine as can be found in this portion of the country.
     Mr. Harms has his place well provided with all sorts of machinery, plenty of horses and cattle, and he is a progressive and up to date farmer who enjoys life as well as makes money.  Herman F. Harms was born in Lee county, Illinois, on April 14, 1860, being the son of Anton W. and Anna (Heckter) Harms, natives of Germany.  He came to this country when a young lad and was married in Missouri, and in his early manhood settled on a farm in Illinois, where he was one of the prominent and wealthy men in his section.  Our subject studied in the district schools, then took a course in the Sterling business college, after which he accepted a position as salesman in a department store.  In 1883, we find him in Colorado exploring, then again he took a position as salesman.  It was 1887 that he came to Washington and after spending one year in traveling around settled on his present estate, in 1888.  He secured land by government rights and then purchased enough to make one section.
     In 1900, Mr. Harmes married Miss Lizzie Crossgrove and to them one child has been born, Eugene L.  Mrs. Harms' parents, John and Rachel (Deets) Crossgrove, were natives of Ohio and Germany respectively.  They were married in Ohio, in 1867, migrated to Missouri in 1869, and are now prominent and well-to-do farmers there.  The father's parents were early pioneers to Holmes county, Ohio, and followed farming.  Mrs. Harms has two brothers, Jacob F. and William L.
     The brothers and sisters of our subject were George A., a prominent and well-to-do farmer of Illinois; Anton W., a farmer in Illinois; Augusta K., an accomplished musician; Mrs. Theresa S. Jurgens; Mrs. Helen Braner; Mrs. Lizette Sartorious, living in Florida; Mrs. Amelia Freeze; and Mrs. Frederica Miller, both deceased.