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.

     MICHAEL HILGERS has been successful in at least two lines of endeavor as will be noticed in the outline given below.  At the present time, he resides eight miles west from Sprague where he owns a section of fine wheat land.  His residence is a tasty five-room cottage beautifully surrounded with shade trees.  The farm is supplied with everything needed as barns, windmills, fences, a fine large orchard and so forth.  On the farm adjoining the home place, Mr. Hilgers also has erected good buildings.  He handles some stock and is a very prosperous man.
     Mr. Hilgers was born in Prussia, Germany, on January 7, 1848 , being the son of John and Gertrude (Gantz) Hilgers, natives of Germany.  The father was an inn keeper and died in Germany in 1849.  The mother came to America in 1851 and her death occurred in Maine in 1900.  Our subject was brought to America when an infant and received a good common school education in Wisconsin.  While very young, he wrought in the lead mines; then was apprenticed to a blacksmith and for three years gave his attention to learning that trade.  After that he followed the trade in St. Louis for three years and then returned to his home in Wisconsin and there married.  In 1903, he journeyed to California but left that country and came to Nevada and wrought at Carson City for two years.  At the end of that time he went back east and railroaded.  In 1885, we find Mr. Hilgers in Spokane in the blacksmith shop of Pete Sungraft.  A year later, he came to Sprague and opened a shop for himself and for five years was steadily engaged at the forge.  During that time, he homesteaded his present place and made extensive improvements.  He bought other land until he has the amount mentioned above and now is retired entirely from the blacksmith business and gives attention to farming in which he has made a good success.
     On August 16, 1873, occurred the marriage of Mr. Hilgers and Miss Matilda W. Sickles.  The wedding took place in Wisconsin.  Mrs. Hilgers' parents are Jacob and Elizabeth (Burger) Sickles.  They both died in Wisconsin sometime since.  The father was a native of Alsace, France.  To our subject and his wife five children have been born, Emma, Albert, Jessie, William and Earl V.  Jessie is attending the Northwestern business college in Spokane, and is very proficient in her studies.
     Mr. Hilgers has a very bright and interesting family and his place is one of the pleasing and promising ones of this section.  He and his wife belong to the Roman Catholic church and have reared their children in the faith.