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 M. SIEGMAN is the postmaster and a general merchant at Mondovi, Washington.  He was appointed postmaster in 1891 and has held the position continuously since.
     A native of Switzerland, he was born December 12, 1863, and before leaving the country to come to America in 1879 he had received a good common school education.  His father, Alois Siegman, died in the old country in 1875; and his mother, Barbara Siegman, later was married to Fred Lorenz, who died in Mondovi, in November, 1900.  The mother died here April 3, 1899, in her sixty-sixth year.  He has one sister, Bertha M., the wife of Frank E. Smith, of Camas, Washington.
     On January 7, 1904, at the home of the bride's mother, at Spokane, Washington, Mr. Siegman married Miss Rose Carr.  Mrs. Carr is now dwelling at 1714 Twelfth avenue, in the Falls City.  In addition to his business and the building in which it is conducted, Mr. Siegman has a handsome residence across the street, where Mrs. Siegman presides with gracious dignity.
     Upon coming to America the family settled first at Lincoln, Nebraska, and later in Nemaha county, Kansas, where the subject followed farming.  In the spring of 1889 they came to Colfax, Washington, and from there to Cheney, thence, in 1890 he came to Mondovi, installing upon his arrival the first stock, of goods ever brought to the town.  Being a man of limited means he started in business on a small scale, and has gradually grown and branched out as business warranted until now he carries the only complete line of general merchandise, including dry goods, groceries, hardware, farm implements, paints, oils, drugs, and patent medicines, in the town.
     Mr. Siegman's fraternity affiliations are limited to membership in the Loyal Americans; and he is a lifelong member of the Catholic church.
     Not only is Mr. Siegman a successful merchant and a trustworthy public servant in his official capacity, but he is an eminently public spirited citizen who has done much in the way of enhancing the progress and development of his chosen town and county.