life of a pioneer in North America
This is the compelling biography of
Richard O. Roesiger,
a young German emigrant from
(in the former Province of Saxony, today in Brandenburg)
who came to America in 1882 and homesteaded on land
around a lake in Snohomish County, northeast of Seattle,
Washington. In the late 19th century, that
isolated rural area was one of the last frontiers in
America and Roesiger experienced the strenuous life of a
pioneer as he strove to secure his place in the world.
The story of his life emerges in great detail because of
his diligence in keeping personal diaries for 30 long
years of living an isolated life around the lake that
today bears his name,
biography paints a rich image of a fearless explorer,
adventurer and settler in Washington's "Wild West".We
learn about his perseverance in that hostile wilderness,
with its severe climate, and we can admire his character
when he describes the pain and anguish he suffered.
From his diaries, we can see him as a man with
boundless energy, enterprise, courage, diligence and
assertiveness. At the same time, they also reveal
the foibles of human nature, as he freely admits his
faults, weaknesses, inadequacies and self-doubt.
Roesiger's compelling life
story leaves us with a window into that
long-vanished era. His grand-niece,
has turned his diaries into his legacy with the
publication of this book. An abundance of
illustrations with pictures, maps and old documents
completes this truly outstanding biography.
DIARIES REVEAL RICHARD
By Kristi O'Harran
Richard homesteaded the area with
his family at what is now the Lake Roesiger County Park.
COMMENT: Read about the Pioneer who immigrated from
Germany kept diaries of his experiences.
Lake Roesiger was named for this pioneer.
There are 35 years of diaries - they have been found
and preserved. They date from 1889.
The article includes a PIX captioned:
Elsie Sorgenfrei (left) and Monika Teuscher-Schramm
look at diaries written by Richard Roesiger around 1889.
The Sorgenfrei surname is familiar to me as I went to
school with Ann Sorgenfrei - perhaps this is her mother, or a
I saw Ann Sorgenfrei at the Memorial Service for Anna
Kinch whom I wrote of recently.
Monika Teuscher-Schramm is a relative Roesiger as he
was her great-uncle.
Read how the diaries had been found in "a California
storage unit" and might have been trashed by persons unfamiliar with
value of the content. Through the efforts and
research done by Elsie Sorgenfrei, the diaries have been discovered
and are preserved. he even recorded in his diary entry about an
earthquake that happened in 1891 recording the date and the exact
time that it happened. Another entry in 1891 recorded the visit of
Pres. Harrison to Seattle.
Copies of some of the diaries have been given by
Sorgenfrei to the Everett Library. Teuscher-Schramm has shared some
of the diaries with family in Switzerland after which those diaries
will be donated to Everett Library.
This preservation of history is the work of
Sorgenfrei and a Roesiger descendant who want a plaque as a marker
in a park honoring Richard Roesiger documentation of history which
is being preserved for all to see.
Lake Roesiger is located 12 mi. N of Monroe, WA.
A PIX captioned : Richard and Caroline Roesiger
entertain a young visitor. Beneath the picture is a page from
Richard Roesiger's diary and postmarks from the Ortrand, WASH. post
office he ran.
The postmark must be quite r a r e and would no doubt
be a collector's item among today's collections.
I checked my 1916 map but was unable to find Ortrand
12 mi. N. of Monroe. One would have to consult a Gazateer for 1892
for that is the date - May 1892 stamped onto the pages of the diary.
There is a book on old post offices in which it might appear. I
found the post office at Hartland, WA in a copy of that post office
book, which is an obscure postmark.