An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, WA. 1905, page 280.

* A portrait of Mr. Klindt appears between pages 280 and 281.

* A portrait has been posted on-line at

HENRY KLINDT resides about two miles west from The Dalles, where he has a valuable farm and one of the most beautiful locations for a residence in the country. His house is so situated that it overlooks the river for miles, and commands a view of The Dalles, and the foot hills Of Klickitat county, Washington, across the Columbia. It is an ideal location and one of the most beautiful in this part of the country. His land produces two crops each year, in this respect being better than any around. Before the high water comes he sows wheat and cuts it for hay and then the land overflows from the Columbia. When the water has subsided, he plants vegetables, and in the fall he harvests abundant crops. His potatoes are known far and near as the finest in the entire country. Altogether he is one of the most successful and thrifty tillers of the soil in the country.

Henry Klindt was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, on February 22, 1830, the son of Goris and Viebke (Stuhr) Klindt, also natives of the same province as our subject. The father served in the Danish army when that nation had charge Of the Schleswig province. The parents both died in their native country. Our subject was educated in the public schools and learned the trade of the mason in his native land. In the spring of 1851, he came to the United States and after a few days in New York, he came on to Connecticut, whence he went to Cumberland, Virginia and later journeyed on to Iowa. There he followed his trade until 1859, when he started for Pikes Peak, but owing to unfavorable reports, he turned aside to California. There he spent two years and in 1862, he returned to Iowa, via the isthmus. His family had been left in Commanche and a tornado swept away all his property. The family were in a stone building, which was blown to the ground, but none of the inmates were killed. Selling his property, he brought his family across the plains with ox teams and since then has remained in Wasco county. The first six years were spent in town, doing building and contracting. Three buildings still stand in The Dalles, which he erected, while many of the bricks went down before fire and flood. In 1868, Mr. Klindt bought his present place and since that time he has continued steadily in producing the fruits of the field.

At Davenport, Iowa, on November 16, 1854, Mr. Klindt married Miss Doris Stottenberg, a native of Germany. When eleven she came to the United States in 1847 with her parents, Hans and Angie (Mundt) Stottenberg. The father died the year he landed in Iowa, and the mother passed away when Mrs. Klindt was an infant. Mr. Klindt has one brother, Hans, now deceased, and formerly a sea captain. He has the following named sisters, Annie Niehs, Trina, Viebke, Abel and Gretchen. Mrs. Klindt has the following named brothers and sisters, Hans, Claus, Lenke, Trina, Silke, Beke, Abel and Angie. All the family are very wealthy. To Mr. and Mrs. Klindt five children have been born, who are living; George E., in the Horseheaven country; Charles A., at home; Alvina, wife of Hans C. Nielsen, a merchant in The Dalles; Amalie, with her father's sister on Puget Sound; and Walter in the Horseheaven country. Mr. Klindt has accumulated a handsome fortune by his wise efforts and skill and has also won the esteem and confidence of all who know him.


Submitted to the Oregon Bios. Project in January 2005 by Jeffrey L. Elmer. Submitter has no additional information about the person(s) or family mentioned above.

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