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 Halley.
     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.