Fritz Johann "Fred" Koschnitzky


FRITZ JOHANN "FRED" KOSCHNITZKY was born December 17, 1880 in Balje, Germany, and died April 03, 1950 in Portland, Oregon. He was the fourth son of Carl Frederich and Anna Sophia to immigrate to the United States settling in Clark County, Washington and finally Portland, Oregon.

Fred was the only son to keep the surname of Koschnitzky and the only son not to make his home in the
San Francisco Bay Area.

In Fred's Confirmation Autograph Album, his name is written as: Fritz Koschnitzki. Sometime in his later life in the United States, he wrote his name as Koschnitzky. Of the older children, Fred kept the family name of Koschnitzky (Besides his mother Anna Sophia and sister Marie) while the others changed the last name to Kay in 1921 and 1923.

Hamburger Passagierlisten, 1850-1934 Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934
about Fritz Koschnitzki
Name: Fritz Koschnitzki
Departure Date: 11 Jun 1896
Estimated birth year: abt 1881
Age Year: 15
Gender: männlich (Male)
Family: Household members
Residence: Baljerdorf, Hannover
Occupation: Landmann
Ship Name: Fürst Bismarck
Captain: Albers
Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Accommodation: Zwischendeck
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Port of Arrival: New York
Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 093 B

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Fred Koschnitzky
Name: Fred Koschnitzky
City: Not Stated
County: Clark
State: Washington
Birth Date: 17 Dec 1880
Race: White
Roll: 1991536
DraftBoard: 0

Fred built an addition, including a pantry, to the original home that his sister Marie and brother-in-law, William Lynch bought in Yacolt, Washington from the Lipp family. Fred & Ada lived on the farm for about 2 to 3 years to build it. During this time, Fred also worked as a sawyer at a local mill, cutting boards. In 1925 the mill burned. Fred also owned and operated his own mill when living in Yamhill, Oregon.

Passed down from "Little Marie" to her daughter Carolyn Rinta:
"Fred was a friend of Fred Meyers, the great grocery magnet of the Northwest. The story goes that Fred Meyers had Uncle Fred build him his first grocery store, she thinks on Killingsworth. He wanted Uncle Fred to build the rest of his stores and then he would lease them back, a common practice as you know for tax reasons. But, Uncle Fred was afraid to go with it."


ADA RUNYAN was the daughter of John Fletcher Runyan and Lydia Huffmaster of the North Fork on the Lewis River, Cowlitz County, Washington. Ada was born January 7, 1884 and died December 17, 1969 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.


Fred met and married Ada Runyan in Cowlitz County, Washington. During their courtship, Fred would have to row across the Lewis River from Clark County to Cowlitz County to see Ada!

Fred Koschnitzky and Ada Runyan had two children:

II. BERNICE was born August 24, 1912 in Portland, Oregon and died November 16, 1983 in Seaside, Oregon. She met and married BODENHAMER.