Biographical Sketch of Fred Furth

FRED FURTH. – One looks for saddles and harnesses in Spokane Falls under the sign bearing the name of the above. The gentleman thus designated is from Germany, where he was born in 1839. He came to America in 1855. Stopping but a short time in St. Louis, he came to San Francisco in 1856 via Panama, and went thence to Washoe and Virginia City, Nevada, merchandising. He located in Colusa county, California, in 1869, and came thence to Spokane Falls, engaging in his present occupation. Mr. Furth is of the opinion that Spokane Falls is, and will be the most important place in Washington next to Seattle. He thinks it is one of the finest countries in the world, and has all the advantages of soil, climate and resources which can be reasonably expected anywhere.

Mr. Furth has the qualities of popularity, and has been repeatedly honored with the trust of public office. While in Douglas county, Nevada, he held the office of county clerk for two years, and the following year was elected to the office of recorder and auditor, being obliged to relinquish this position only be reason of his removal from the state to California, whence he came to Spokane Falls in 1883. At this most flourishing city of intelligent people, Mr. Furth was placed at the head in 1889 by his election on the citizens’ ticket as mayor, having as his opponent the regular Republican nominee, Mr. Burns, and receiving over that excellent and justly esteemed gentleman the largest majority ever given a candidate in that city.



History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington. 2 v. Portland, Oregon: North Pacific History Company. 1889.

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