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.
JOHN F. ROSENOFF resides four
miles from Ritzville, and is engaged in the business of farming.
Born in Russia, of German extraction, August 20, 1859, he was the son of
Fred and Katherine (Ochzager) Rosenoff, a sketch of whose lives is incorporated
with the sketch of the life of Henry Rosenoff, brother of our subject,
to be found in another section of this history.
Mr. Rosenoff remained with the family until
after coming to Adams county with a colony containing six families.
Here he located a homestead, and commenced farming. His success for
a number of years was by no means encouraging owing to drought, the squirrel
pest, and other causes, but by persevering and applying himself to his
business he at last achieved the success of every Big Bend farmer who has
put forth his best efforts to succeed. Mr. Rosenoff since taking
his homestead has worked among his neighbors for a number of years on salary,
but from time to time as he felt able he has added to his original holdings
until he now owns one and one-half sections of land, all of which is under
cultivation and improved in the most modern and complete style. He
has excellent farm buildings, a first-class orchard and a good supply of
water for all farm purposes.
On February 12, 1881, occurred the marriage
of John F. Rosenoff to Susie Kincler, daughter of Henry and Katie (Kock)
Kincler, natives of Russia. The grandparents of Mrs. Rosenoff went
to Russia with a colony of Germans, the promise of the Russian authorities
being that none of the colonists were to be held liable for military duty.
However, upon the outbreak of war they were called upon to serve in the
army of the Czar, whereupon they straightway sailed for America and are
now, for the most part, living in Adams county, where they are considered
the best of citizens.
To Mrs. Rosenoff's parents were born four
children, George H., John, Maria K., married to H. Miller, and Mrs. Rosenoff..
John F. and Mrs. Rosenoff have three children;
Henry, a graduate from the Agricultural college at Pullman, who lives with
his grandfather; John, and Carl.
Our subject is a Republican and a member of
the Congregational church.