PETER REGENVETTER, one of the men who have been forceful and efficient in the agricultural development of the La Conner country, is of the great multitude of the sons of Germany who, by the exercise of their characteristic industry, patience and sound judgment, have won success in the new world with its abundant opportunities for those with eyes to see them and courage to grasp and utilize them. A pioneer of Skagit county, he has witnessed its development from a time when civilization had made but slight inroads upon primeval conditions to the present day and he has the satisfaction of knowing that the transformations which have been wrought since then are in some measure the result of his own labor and planning.
Mr. Regenvetter was born in Luxemburg, March 28, 1847, the son of Peter and Margaret (Wolf) Regenvetter, both of whom were likewise natives of the Fatherland. The former was a tailor by trade, but he gave much of his time and attention to agriculture. Coming to America in 1872, he settled first in Minnesota, but after a half decade had been spent in that state he removed to Washington, where he spent the remainder of his days. He died in 1883. Our subject's mother passed away in Gilroy, California, in the year 1892.
During the first thirteen years of his life, Mr. Regenvetter of this review remained at home with his parents, attending the excellent public schools and acquiring a better education than could be had in the same length of time almost anywhere else in the world. He then determined to add to his knowledge by travel, and the ensuing eight years were spent in journeying over the different countries of Europe, all of which were visited by him, though he passed more time in France than in any other one country, remaining in Paris for several months. On his return to Germany he spent two years in the army. At the age of twenty-five he came to the United States, settling first in Nautria, Dakota county, Minnesota, where he farmed for three years, then, in 1875, he came to Whatcom, Washington. He moved to La Conner flats a little later, worked there for two years then spent two years farming on Whidby Island near Coupeville, after which he came again to the Swinomish country. This time he purchased forty acres of uncleared and undiked marsh land and began in great earnest the battle for a comfortable home, independence and a competency. He worked in season and out, diking, ditching, clearing and cultivating until he had this tract fully redeemed and yielding crops, then, ambitious for new fields to conquer, he bought forty acres more adjoining which he treated in the same manner until it too had been brought to a high state of cultivation. He has added to his holdings from time to time since until he is now the owner of nearly two hundred acres of land, all in cultivation and all equal to the best in the county. The past season he raised fifty-five acres of oats which yielded in the neighborhood of one hundred bushels to the acre, and twenty-five acres of hay which gave a proportionately large yield. He has a good, seven room house, good barn and other outbuildings and keeps a fine little herd of cattle as well as plenty of horses for the convenient operation of the farm. A two-acre orchard furnishes abundant fruit of all kinds for home use. Mr. Regenvetter is certainly to be congratulated on the splendid success he has achieved in the years of his residence in Skagit county.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1875, our subject married Miss Christina, daughter of Peter and Christina (Slater) Reiter. Her parents were born and died in Germany, and she too was a native of that country, but came to America at the age of twenty-two. She passed away at her home near La Conner March 3, 1904, after having borne to Mr. Regenvetter eight children, namely, Frank and Peter, twins, born in La Conner December 15, 1876 ; Annie, in Coupeville in 1881, now at home; Mary, deceased ; Jack, born in La Conner April 20, 1883, now justice of the peace of La Conner precinct; John, Katie and Emma, deceased. The last three died of diphtheria about three years ago, the dread disease taking them all inside of two weeks. In politics, Mr. Regenvetter is a Republican and in religious faith a Catholic.