Eduard Wilhelm (Will) Bernitt
Will Bernitt was born 25 May 1856 in Neustadt, in the Ostholstein region of Holstein (now Schleswig-Holstein), Germany. He was the son of a sailmaker, Friedrich Wilhelm Bernitt and Margarethe Amalie Lisette Frehse. Will came to America in about 1877, settling in Marshfield (now Coos Bay), Oregon. There he married Elize Margarethe Hilmers on 3 February 1883. In Marshfield, Will became prosperous as an operator of a gas-powered tug/scow (named "Relief") carrying items such as rock from the quarry. He died 28 August 1919, after suffering a heart attack and falling from his boat. He is buried in Sunset Cemetery.
At least three of Will's siblings also came to the Coos Bay area:
Emma Dorothea Bernitt, born 15 April 1849, married a Mr. Klahn. They had four children: Maggie, Herman, Sidney, and Lillie.
Bertha Bernitt, born 12 August 1859, married Henry George Ploegher in 1890 in Marshfield. They had no children.
Carl Bernitt born 22 November 1864, married and lived in Portland. He had one son, Edward.