One of the most successful pioneer citizens of Silver City is Frederick Crete, who is a native of Hanover, Germany, where he was born in August 1833. He is a brother of John Crete, Sr., whose sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume. While still a young man Mr. Crete decided to try his
History was at one time almost entirely a record of wars, a tale of conquest in which armed hosts went forth to capture, pillage and destroy, but with advancing civilization it has become a very different chronicle, being now more particularly the story of the onward march of progress, the upbuilding of towns and the
As his name indicates, Staas Spekker, of Lewiston, the well known assessor and tax collector of Nez Perces county, is of German birth, one of the representative citizens that the Fatherland has furnished to the New World. The German element is an important one in our national existence, for its men of sterling worth, of
The new west is eminently the home of the self-made man. Indeed, it may be said that in making himself the self-made man of the new west has built the new west up about him. Of course this means the self-made man in a collective sense. Individually self-made men like Louis E. Eilert, of Rathdrum,
Behrens, Frederick; carpenter, contractor; born, Hanover, Germany, Mar. 17, 1857; son of Frederick and Charlotte Peters Behrens; educated, Hanover, Germany; married, Cleveland, July 6, 1883, Sophie Frese; issue, 5 children; member Verein Deutscher Krieger, Woodmen of the World, Socialer Turn Verein.
Meyer, Gerhard Fred; merchant; born, Hanover, Germany, Jan. 17, 1859; son of John and Mary Heitling Meyer; married, Cleveland, 1885; private in the Germany Army; owner “Fred Meyer,” The Daisy Products, wholesale and retail.
Henry Babel, deceased, formerly proprietor of the celebrated springs which bear his name, and which are now the property of his widow, was born near Hanover, Germany, on August 2, 1826. In 1845 he immigrated with his parents to America, and settled in Lebanon, Illinois, where his father and mother both died within a year.