Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
AUGUST C. JANSEN is engaged in
farming six miles north of Lind, Washington, where he has the finest farm
in the locality. He was born in Durant, Cedar county, Iowa, May 1,
1873, the son of Henry and Caroline (Kuchl) Jansen, both natives of Germany
who came to the United States in 1865 and located at Davenport, Iowa.
Subsequently they lived in various parts of Iowa, nine years being in Pottawattamie
county, and then came to the state of Washington in 1889, settling at Lind.
Thence, in 1901, they went to Walla Walla where they now live. The
children of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jansen, not including our subject, are,
Mrs. Christina Krehbiel, F. R., Mrs. Anna Linville, Dora and Minnie.
Besides these they have buried five.
August C. Jansen received a good common school
education, a part of which he gained in Pottawattamie county, Iowa, and
a part in Lind, and at the age of twenty-two he started in life for himself.
He worked at various occupations, among which might be mentioned two years
spent as lineman in the employ of the Northern Pacific railroad, and took
a homestead in 1898. He at the same time purchased a half-section
of land and succeeded in placing the whole under fence and cultivation,
when he sold out and purchased eleven hundred and twenty acres where he
now lives. His improvements are elaborate and of the most modern
type, making his farm, as we stated in the beginning, the most beautiful
in the vicinity. He also keeps a large herd of cattle and horses.
He has an especially fine orchard covering eleven acres of ground.
He also owns a residence and four choice lots in the town of Lind.
Mr. Jansen was married in 1899 to Gertrude
Bogk, daughter of August and Wilhelmina Bogk, natives of Berlin and Ossowo,
Kreis Friedland, Germany, respectively. The father died in 1889,
Mrs. Jansen has one brother, George, who is
living with the mother in Lind, where he is operator for the Northern Pacific.
Mr. and Mrs. Jansen have one child, Rudolph G.
Mr. Jansen is a liberal in politics, and has
for four years held the office of constable. He is a member of the
I. O. O. F. and of the M. W. A. of Lind, and Mrs. Jansen is a member of
the R. N. of A. of Lind. Mrs. Jansen is also an adherent of the Lutheran