The events of 1909-1910 were ones that Dan Kanzler would never forget, even if he wanted to. It all started when the train he and his father were riding to Spokane, was held up by a gang of desperado’s, followed by two strangers who rode into town one morning on a westbound train. Wondering where they were headed, Dan followed them down an alley to the back door the Germania, one of Ritzville’s toughest saloons.
These strange goings-on’s finally came to an unexpected conclusion when Dan and his cousin solved the mystery that filled the summer of 1909/1910 at the Kanzler Bros. Wood Yard.
The characters are actual people that lived at that time except the saloon keeper, Fritz Lang. While Fritz’s name has been changed, the name of the saloon, Germania, has not. The central character, Dan Kanzler, was the author’s great uncle, and Elmer Miller was actually Dan’s cousin. George and Maria Kanzler were the author’s great grandparents, and Pete and Lydia Koch were the author’s grandparents. Incidents such as the dance pavilion, at the Pioneer Picnic grounds, actually did burn down under mysterious circumstances in 1910. Ritzville finally got their long awaited new brick depot in 1910 and the Adams County Fair made its debut in that same year. George and John Kanzler actually opened their new wood yard, also in 1910. A quick search of Ritzville history will reveal that Klaus Clodius was the president of the German American State Bank. In short, this work is loaded from cover to cover with actual events, places, and people of that day.
Below is a partial list of historical places and events of that day.
- Pioneer Picnic
- Ritzville Trading Company
- Ritzville, Washington history
- Adams County Fair
- Kanzler Bros. Wood Yard
- Ritzville horse racing
- Adams County history
This historical novel is a fast-paced adventure that is based on actual events of that day. Mystery At Kanzler Bros. Wood Yard, with 257 pages, is available in both soft cover and hard cover. A nostalgic read for those interested in Ritzville and Adams County history.