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Brix. Schleswig > Wahkiakum/Pacific Cos WA > Astoria, Tacoma
Posted by: Andy (ID *****0702) Date: March 07, 2007 at 02:50:31
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This information has not been verified. It was compiled from census records and various web sites. More children may have been born to these couples than are listed here. The fact that a person listed here is not described as having a spouse and children does not necessarily mean he or she didn't have them.

See the interesting account of the Brix family of Schleswig-Holstein and Wahkiakum Co WA at the Thoma Family Web Site:

PETER FRIEDRICH BRIX was born in October of 1835 in "Angeln", an area of Schleswig, now in Germany, near Denmark. He brought most of his family to this country in 1881. His son Asmus arrived here by 1880, when he was working on the farm of an uncle, H. P. Andresen, in Grays River Valley, Wahkiakum County, Washington Territory. The 1900 census of that county shows Peter and his wife farming next door to the Andresen family in Seal Valley Precinct. Close by was the family of Christian Rosburg, whose wife was Peter's sister. They had immigrated around 1855 and lived in Iowa before coming to Washington.

By 1910 Peter was retired and living in Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon. He died there on 4 Apr 1920.

Peter married in Germany around 1864 MARIA C. ANDRESEN, b Oct 1840, d 19 Oct 1917 Astoria. Four of their sons, Asmus, Albert, Peter John and Anton, were lumbermen, operating Grays Bay Logging Company on Sisson Creek in Pacific County, Washington, around 1900. Maps of this area today show Brix Bay and Camp Brix. Some of the brothers bought the Knappton Mill in Pacific County in 1909. Albert managed the sawmill and Peter John oversaw the logging camp.

Albert's birthplace appears online as Kracklundfeld, Schleswig-Holstein. This may be where all of Peter's children were born.

1. ASMUS BRIX, b Nov 1864, d 31 May 1924 Columbia Co OR; m ca 1892 Christina. Served in Oregon Legislative Assembly in 1907. His residence then was Astoria. Owned farm near Clatskanie OR. Oregon death index shows Christina M. Brix died 26 Dec 1924 in Clatsop Co OR.

2. ALBERT BRIX, b 7 May 1866 Kracklundfeld, Schleswig-Holstein, d 15 or 16 Feb 1921 Portland OR, m at Rosburg, Wahkiakum Co WA, on 24 Mar 1892 Alvina Rosburg, b 6 Oct 1875 IA, d 23 Apr 1939 Salinas CA. Online info says Alvina's parents were Christian Rosburg, b Harmsdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, and Maria Dorothea Brix, b 18 Jun 1834. Children, from 1900 census: Lester, age 7, and Myrtle, 4. See Albert's family group record at

According to the WWI draft registration card filled out 5 Jun 1917 by Lester Albert Brix, he was born 8 Dec 1894 at "Orinda", Washington; lived Portland OR; bought and sold lumber for Brix-Shad Lumber Co, Portland. Sole support of wife and baby. No prior military service. Tall, medium build, light blue eyes, brown hair. California death record shows Lester A. Brix, b 8 Dec 1893 (as opposed to 1894) in Washington, d 2 Feb 1964 at Gonzales, Monterey Co, CA.

3. CHRISTINE MARIE MARGARETHA BRIX, b Aug 1868, m in Wahkiakum Co WA 18 Nov 1891 JOCHIM H. ERP. Oregon death index says Cristine M. Erp d 8 May 1958 Marion Co OR. 1900 census of Grays River Precinct, Wahkiakum Co WA lists Jochim H. Erp, b Feb 1856 Germany, farmer, wife Christina b Aug 1868 Germany (married 9 yrs, mother of 3 children, 3 living), Marie H. b Aug 1892, Herman O. b Oct 1894, Anton b Apr 1898.

Herman's WWI draft registration card, filled out 5 Jun 1917, says b 22 Oct 1874 Grays River WA, single, farming for father, J. H. Erp of Grays River. Medium height, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair. No physical deformities.

WWI card for "Anton Peter Erp" of Grays River WA, filled out 12 Sep 1918, says b 22 Apr 1898, native born, farmer for H. O. Erp of Grays River. Nearest relative: J. H. Erp, 153 Exchange, Astoria OR.

4. PETER JOHANN BRIX, b Sep 1870, d 16 Dec 1948 Portland OR. Also recorded as "Peter John" and "John" Brix. 1900 census shows the households of John Brix and brother Anton in Frankfort Precinct, Pacific Co WA. Peter's wife is listed as Eva, b Feb 1877 in Washington. They had been married 4 years and at that time had one son, Herbert, b Jul 1898 in Oregon. In 1910 Peter' s family is living near his parents in Astoria OR. His wife at that time was Amy, age 28, b KS, her father b IL and mother b MO. Amy S. Brix d 23 Jan 1919 in Portland. She and Peter had been married seven years; she was the mother of 2 children, both living. In the household are Herbert, age 11, Irene 6, and John J., 1 yr 6 mos; also Lulu L. Sprague, Peter's sister-in-law, age 19?, b Kansas, employed as a housemaid with a private family. A submission to Rootsweb's WorldConnect Project says Lulu was born 29 May 1870 and was a wife of Peter J. Brix. Oregon death index says Lulu L. Brix died 14 Mar 1951 Portland.

WWI draft registration card of Herbert Shafter Brix, date of signing not given, gives his birth date as 17 Jul 1898. His permanent home address was 1040 East Ankeny, Portland OR. Nearest relative was Peter John Brix of the same address. Herbert was a student at Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana. Tall, medium build, blue eyes, light hair. Oregon death index says Herbert S. Brix died 9 Feb 1949 Portland.

5. CHRISTOPH BRIX. Reportedly came from Germany with family in 1881. Info in article at Thoma web site says "Christop(h), the boy next to P. John... lived only a few years after the family came to Grays River" and that he died "8 Nov 1888" at the age of 5. If the birth order given in the article is correct, Christoph would have been born between Peter John and Helene, or 1871-1874.

6. DOROTHEA JOHANNA "HELENE" BRIX, b Apr 1875, d 3 Sep 1928; m 1898 HENRY HOECK, b Nov 1873. Four children: Margaret, Herman, Eva and Marie. Margaret, b Nov 1898 OR, d 10 Jan 1919 Portland; Herman, b Jan 1900 OR, d Marion Co OR 28 Dec 1927; Eva, b ca 1905, m Joseph Morgan; Marie, b ca 1910. Eva and Marie survived their mother.

Henry Hoeck had a logging operation at Knappton, Pacific Co WA. See the web site at

WWI draft registration card filled out 12 Sep 1918: Herman Christoph Hoeck of Nemah, Pacific Co WA, b 31 Jan 1900, nearest relative Mrs. Helena Hoeck, Nemah. He was of medium height and build, gray eyes, brown hair.

7. ANTON HEINRICH BRIX, b Germany 7 Jun 1877, d 28 Sep 1944 Pacific Co WA, m 1899 Minna C. M. Petersen, b Sep 1876 in Germany. Operated lumber companies in Pacific and King Counties (A. H. Brix Lumber Co., Green River Lumber Co., Knappton Logging Co.).

WWI draft registration card signed 11 Sep 1918 by "Anton Henry Brix" states b 7 Jun 1877, citizenship by father's naturalization; home address 646 South State St., Tacoma WA. Occupation lumberman. Manager, Green River Lumber Co., Baldi, King Co WA. Listed nearest relative as Peter F. Brix, Astoria OR. Anton was of medium height, stout build, with blue eyes and black hair, no physical deformities. Signature line for draft board registrar shows "An. H. Brix".

The 1900 census shows Germany as Anton's birthplace, but the 1920 shows the birthplace of Anton, Minna and their parents as "Angeln-Den.".

The Anton Brix House, 646 South State Street, is on Tacoma's register of historic places. According to son Herman, "My dad was kind of an entrepreneur, and since there were five children in the family he built a house with five bedrooms, a furnace, hot water and an indoor bathroom, which was really considered a luxury. Our home was a real showpiece at the time."

8. HERMANN HEINRICH BRIX, b ca 1878, d 1895 "at the age of 17."


1. WALTER GEORGE BRIX, b Oregon 6 Apr 1900 (Death record shows 1901, but he appears in 1900 census.), d 8 Jan 1954 Humboldt Co CA. Woods superintendent for Knappton Logging Co. in 1937. Two daughters in 1937.

WWI draft registration signed 12 Sep 1918 shows Walter residing at 646 So. State St. Nearest relative was Mrs. Minna C. M. Brix of the same address. Walter was a student at Stadium High School. Six feet tall, medium build, blue eyes, light brown hair.

2. HELEN ALWINE BRIX, b Oregon 12 Apr 1901, d 12 Feb 1969 Monterey Co CA; m at Tacoma WA to Luther Lee Dunbar, b 8 Aug 1901 Bowen MT, d 24 May 1963 Lopez Island WA. In 1930 he was a public school principal and she a teacher in Nome AK. Two daughters in 1937.

3. EGBERT A. BRIX, b Oregon 14 Sep 1903, d 7 Apr 1990 Moss Beach, San Mateo Co CA; m ca 1927 Norma K. (Davis?), b 4 Aug 1905 Washington, d 27 Jul 1983 San Mateo Co CA. University of Washington track and field letterman 1924-1926. In 1930 was living in Marshfield, Coos Co OR, and working as a traffic manager for a steamship agency. No children listed in 1930 household. Teacher in Seattle in 1937.

4. HERMAN HAROLD BRIX (or Harold Herman Brix), b Tacoma WA 19 May 1906, d Santa Monica CA 24 Feb 2007; m 1933 Jeannette Braddock, b 4 Sep 1909, d 30 Jun 2000. B.A. in Economics, University of Washington, 1928. Member, UW Huskies at 1926 Rose Bowl. 1928 Olympics, Amsterdam, US silver medal for shot-put. 1930 Los Angeles census lists him as a commercial salesman for a bond house. Acted in motion pictures under name of Bruce Bennett. Survived by one son and one daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. See interview at

5. ANNA M. BRIX, b Tacoma WA 5 Mar 1912, d 27 Jul 1988; m James D. Hauschildt. Apparently at least one child, a daughter.

The web site above lists several young men named Brix who were accused in Schleswig-Holstein of having failed to report for military duty and/or having emigrated without proper authority. Among these names are Asmus b 1864, Albert b 1866, Peter Johann b 1870.

The same site mentions this family: Asmus Detlef Brix married Helene Henriette Louise Frenz and had children Mathilde, Christina, Georg Friedrich b 1859, Peter Nicolai 1861, and Franz Julius Asmus 1863, possibly others. In the late 1870's they left Schleswig-Holstein and settled in Carpenter, Mitchell County, Iowa, which is only three counties removed from Benton County, Iowa, where Christian Rosburg, Peter F.'s brother-in-law, lived.

The following man's name suggests a possible relationship to the Brix family of Grays River:

WWI draft registration card of Herman Asmus Brix, signed 12 Sep 1918. Home address: 1812 Ester, Vancouver WA. Born 3 Apr 1885, white, native born, pipefitter for G. M. Standifer, Columbia St., Vancouver. Nearest relative: wife, Marie Iness Brix, G St., Vancouver. He was of medium height, medium build, blue eyes and brown hair. Washington death index shows Herman A. Brix died at Seattle 21 Mar 1974. [According to the 1930 census of Cleveland Pct, Klickitat Co WA, he was born in Minnesota of parents b U.S. 1920 Cleveland census lists him born in Nebraska of parents b NE.]

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