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.
HENRY ROSENOFF resides on a valuable
farm two and one-half miles northwest of Ritzville. He was born in
Volga, Russia, August 29, 1862, the son of Fred and Katherine Rosenoff.
The parents also were natives of Russia, though their families came from
Germany two generations since. Our subject came to America with his
parents in 1877 and located in Nebraska. Here they took a homestead
and one year later removed to another part of the state, in Hitchcock county,
where they remained three and one-half years. They came to Idaho
and the subject and his father worked on the Oregon Short Line, in the
southern part of the state, a brief space. Afterwards they went to
Baker City, Oregon, and in 1882 came on to Walla Walla. The next
year they came to Adams county in company with other settlers, bringing
with them a car load of farm implements, pitched their tents on the outskirts
of Ritzville and before many days each family had one or more homesteads
near by. After locating their claims they repaired to Colfax to make
filing, then brought lumber from Sprague with which to erect cabins.
The subject of this sketch then went to work on Crab creek, Lincoln county,
and was there five years. He returned to his homestead in 1888, built
his house and was married to Ella Spanger, daughter of William and Almera
M. (Gerdes) Spanger. The parents of Mrs. Rosenoff were born in Germany,
but both came to America when young and located in Woodford county, Illinois,
where they lived until coming to Adams county in the fall of 1886.
They are both now living in Ritzville. They were the parents of the
following named children, besides Mrs. Rosenoff: George, Edward, John,
William, Anna, Flora, Hannah, Mary, and Mena.
Henry Rosenoff is a Republican. He is
a member of his local school board and worships in the Congregational church.
He has four children, William, Anna, Mary and Henrietta.
He is one of the most highly respected men
of his locality and has done much toward the upbuilding and development
of the Big Bend country.