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.
J. L. KURZ. In the spring of 1882, accompanied
by a sister, J. L. Kurz came to Logansport, Indiana, from Kolmar, Germany,
where he was born on September 22, 1864. After a brief sojourn at
Logansport he removed to Chippewa county, Minnesota, whence he came to
Spokane in 1889. In the spring of 1891 he came to Lincoln county
and took a homestead where Rocklyn is now located, which, after improving
it, he sold and bought his present home of three hundred and twenty acres
two miles south of Davenport. His land is for the most part adapted
to the culture of grain, is well improved and well watered, being one of
the most desirable farms in the county both as to soil and location.
Mr. Kurz is the son of Ludwig and Henrietta
(Martin) Kurz, who live on a farm where our subject was born, and who,
in December, 1903, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The
parents have nine children, only three of whom are in the United States.
On March 25, 1891, occurred the marriage of
J. L. Kurz to Maggie Maurer, a native of Bay county, Michigan, and daughter
of George J. and Anna (Stenger) Maurer, natives of Germany, who are now
living on a farm near Rocklyn. They have been parents of thirteen
children, eleven of whom are living.
To Mr. and Mrs. Kurz have been born seven
children, whose names are: Elsie, Harry, Meta, Florence, Alma, Mabel and
Both Mr. and Mrs. Kurz are members of the
German Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. Kurz started in life in the Big Bend with
extremely limited means, but succeeded in accumulating considerable property
prior to 1893, when, during the panic of that year he suffered the loss
of all his savings. He started in anew, however, and worked heard
to recover his losses, but not until 1897 did he succeed in making any
headway above providing the necessities of life for his family, so that
all he now owns has been made since that year, and his present standing
is good. He is prospering and is considered well-to-do, with a most
encouraging outlook for the future.