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.
JOHN MAURER is a prosperous farmer
residing one-fourth mile south of Rocklyn, Lincoln county, Washington.
He is of German descent, and was born in Bay county, Michigan, November
1, 1874. His father, John G., and mother, Annie B. (Stengel) Maurer,
were both of German nativity, but early settlers in Michigan. The
father came to the United States when young, and from Michigan, where he
was married, came to Lincoln county in 1889. Both parents are now
living near Rocklyn, the father in his seventy-seventh year.
John Maurer was one of eleven children, and
was reared to the age of fifteen, in his native state, where he enjoyed
the advantages of a grammar school training. He came to Lincoln county
with his parents, and was married here, February 22, 1897, to Clara Hellinger,
a native of Minnesota. Mrs. Maurer's parents were Thomas and Maria
Hellinger, whose advent in Lincoln county dates back to 1882. They
removed to Whitman county in 1898, where they now reside. Mrs. Maurer,
also, is a member of a family of eleven children. To the marriage
of Mr. and Mrs. Maurer have been born two children: Pearl Lulu and Percy
Mr. Maurer's present financial standing borders
on the marvelous when one stops to consider that he started out on his
own responsibility to do battle with the affairs of life almost without
a dollar. He now owns the original homestead of his father, where
he lives, and two other quarter sections of land, making in all four hundred
and eighty acres, for the most part choice grain land and in a high state
of cultivation. His home consists of a fine modern eight-room house
with a select orchard and spacious barn and other outbuildings. He
has his farm well equipped with machinery, among which may be mentioned
a gasoline engine used for pumping and feedmilling purposes, and all necessary
stock with which to carry on his business. Summed up, he is one of
the most substantial and progressive farmers in Lincoln county.
Mr. Maurer is a member of the A. O. U. W.,
of Davenport, and of the German Evangelical church.