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.
PETER TRAMM is living the life
of a retired farmer in his modern cottage in the town of Reardan, where
he has extensive real estate interests, besides owning, in partnership
with his sons, nine hundred and sixty acres of good grain land near town.
He was born in Germany, November 5, 1845, the son of Peter and Mary Tramm.
He has a brother, Fred, in the dairy business in Germany, and another brother
Henry, is dead. He has had two sisters; Dora Berlav, still living
in Germany; and Mrs. Christina Jassen, who recently died in this county.
Mr. Tramm was reared on a farm in Germany,
received a good education, and served his time in the German army.
In the spring of 1869 he sailed from Hamburg to New York City. From
the latter city he came to the vicinity of Milwaukee, and while there was
married, October 15, 1869, to Mary Friderichsen, to whom he had become
engaged in Germany and with whom he came to this country. Mrs. Tramm
had one sister who came to Lincoln county previously, and is still living
in Reardan. Mr. Tramm and his bride remained in Wisconsin until 1881,
when they came, via San Francisco, to Walla Walla, thence to Cheney and
from there to this vicinity, where Mr. Tramm located a homestead two miles
east of where Reardan now stands. He and his sons have made a specialty
of grain raising, have two up-to-date houses and good outbuildings on their
land, and a herd of choice cattle.
He has always taken an active interest in
school matters, having for twelve years been one of the trustees of his
district. He is a prominent Odd Fellow, being a member of Reardan
lodge, No. 84. Both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church
They have been parents of four children; Peter
N., married to Gertie Buckman; Henry C., married to Iva Rake; Bertha, wife
of William Schultz, in Reardan; and Emma, wife of Thomas G. Stevenson,
also of Reardan.
In 1898 Mr. and Mrs. Tramm took a trip to
their old home in Germany, and a more recent one to California. Although
coming to this county with little means they have applied their energies
to advantage so that they are now able to live a life of ease and freedom
from worldly cares in their well appointed home which is one of the finest
in the town in which it is located. Having traveled extensively over
the globe, Mr. Tramm votes this the best section of country he has ever
visited, and is content to spend the remaining years of his life here.