Marie Reiniger was born in Germany in 1853 and married John Houser in Stuttgart. She returned to Colville, WA, with him where he operated the Pend Oreille flour mill owned by Joseph and Samuel Oppenheimer, remaining there until 1879 when John Houser bought the flour mill at Pataha, WA. She lived there with her husband for 33 years and had four children: Max, Ottilie (Brattain), Bertha and William. She died in 1909 in St. Helena, CA and was buried at Portland, OR. Her gransdon, Walter Brattain, shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics with John Bardeen and William Shockley for the invention of the transistor.