It is not strange that the people of the little republic of Switzerland should come to the United States and establish homes, for in many respects our institutions are similar to their own and they do not have as hard a time adjusting themselves here as do emigrants from other countries of Europe. They have been loyal to our institutions and have proven to be splendid citizens in every respect. Thus they have aided us in pushing forward the civilization of the western hemisphere and they have improved the opportunities afforded them here, being people of great energy, tact and thrift. Albert Ulrich was born in Switzerland on the 5th of July, 1883, and is a son of John and Sophie (Fassbind) Ulrich, both still living in their native land. They are the parents of six children, Albert, John, Sophie, Anna, Louise and Mina.
Albert Ulrich received his education in the public schools of his homeland and remained with his parents until December, 1904, when he went to New Zealand and engaged in farming there until 1910, when he came to the United States, locating in Whatcom county. For several years he was employed in logging camps and in 1914 turned his attention to farming, working on farms in this locality until 1918. In March of that year he rented thirty-seven acres of land near Ferndale, to the operation of which he gave his close attention and in 1920 he bought the tract, which was entirely cleared. Here he has been engaged in general farming and dairying and has also leased ten acres of land adjoining his place. His soil is good, he raises bountiful crops of hay and grain and he keeps thirty high graded Holstein cattle and a pure-bred bull. He has been successful in all his operations since going into business on his own account. A hard working man, persevering in his efforts and doing well whatever he undertakes, he has gained an enviable reputation because of his enterprise and progressive spirit.
In August, 1922, Mr. Ulrich returned to Switzerland and, on January 8, 1923, was married to Miss Agatha Menziger, the daughter of Albert and Agatha Menziger, also natives of Switzerland and still living in that country. Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich have one child, martha, born October 15, 1923. Mr. Ulrich is a member of the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association and takes a deep interest in the affairs of that society. He is a broad-minded, large-hearted man, keenly alive to all that concerns the welfare of the community in which he lives and is courteous and accommodating in his relations with his neighbors, among whom he is held in the highest esteem, for he possesses to a marked degree those qualities of character which commend a man to the good opinion of all who come into contact with him.
History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 595
No history of the development of Acme township would be complete without special reference to the Ulrich family, whose members have contributed materially toward its progress along agricultural lines. Edward Ulrich, one of the honored pioneers of this district, was born in Berlin, Germany, February 20, 1837, and came to Whatcom county on the 22d of October, 1886, joining his brother Julius, who has located in Acme township in 1882. They were among the earliest settlers in this section of the state and each entered a homestead, eventually transforming the wild land into a fertile and productive farm, supplied with modern improvements.
On February 21, 1864, Edward Ulrich married Miss Annie M. Rach, who was born in Brumberg, Germany. She arrived in Whatcom county in the spring of 1886, bringing with her two of the children, and at the home of Julius Ulrich awaited the coming of her husband in the fall of that year. Their family numbered eight children. Emil, the eldest, died in 1918. He married Mrs. Anna Honrath, by whom he had a son, while by her first union Mrs. Ulrich had become the mother of three daughters. Oscar died when a boy of seven, and Julius responded to the final summons in 1917. Fred passed away in Germany, and Laura is also deceased. William operates the homestead in Acme township and is classed with its most progressive agriculturists. He is one of the Spanish-American War Veterans and also belongs to the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association. He married Miss Bertha Ehlers, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Kracht) Ehlers, and they have one child, Catherine. Edward, the seventh in order of birth, died in 1907. Carl married Miss Pearl Eaton and makes his home in Bellingham. All of the family are of the Lutheran faith and the sons give their political support to the republican party, possessing all of the qualities of useful and desirable citizens.
History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 651
James Unick, one of the well established farmers and landowners of Mountain View township has been a resident there for more than twenty-five years. He was born in Iowa City, Johnson county, Iowa, January 23, 1867, and is a son of James and Josephine Unick, natives of Germany, who were married in their home land and became pioneers in Johnson county, Iowa. James Unick died in Iowa City in 1877 and his widow survived him for many years, her death occurring in Nebraska in 1908.
His son, James Unick, was but ten years of age when the father died. When he was twelve years of age, in 1879, he went with his mother to Lincoln, Nebraska, and she entered a claim to a quarter section homestead tract in Buffalo county, Nebraska, and settled there. It was thus that James Unick grew up on a homestead farm and took an active part in the development of that place. He married when twenty years of age and continued to make his home on the farm in Buffalo county, Nebraska, until 1900, when he came to Whatcom county and settled on the place on which he is now living, buying a tract of sixty acres of timberland. This now is practically all cleared and cultivated and excellent improvements have been made. While clearing he also did a good business hauling shingle bolts to the mills. Of late years he has been giving his attention chiefly to dairying and has developed a good business along that line, owner of a fine herd of dairy cattle. He is an independent milk producer.
On March 13, 1887, in Nebraska, Mr. Unick was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Langer, who was born in Germany and they have eleven children, Lillie, Oliver, Jesse, Ellsworth, Lee, Louis, Clifford, Essie, Silva, Stanley and Allen. The last four named were born in this county and are still living on the home place. Lillie married Ralph Townsend of Mountain View and has six children. Oliver, now living in Bellingham, is married and has two children. Jesse, a Mountain View farmer, is married and has three children. Ellsworth, also of Mountain View, is married and has three children. Lee, also living in Mountain View, is married and has three children. Louis, also of Mountain View, is married. Clifford is farming in Mountain View. As will be noted in the above enumeration, Mr. and Mrs. Unick have seventeen grandchildren, in all of whom they take much pride and delight.
History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 834