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
AUGUST W. MANKE, resides about
three miles northeast from Buckingham postoffice. He was born in
Crawford county, Wisconsin, on May 14, 1871, the son of William J. and
Albertina (Voth) Manke, natives of Germany and emigrants to the United
States in 1865. He attended the public schools of Prairie du Chien
and finished his education in the high schools of that state. After
that, he worked in the paper mills as ruler for some time, then began the
study of medicine under Dr. Barney in Prairie du Chien. Three winters
were spent in reading this science, but not being favorably impressed with
this, he journeyed to the west. He spent some time traveling through
Montana, California, Oregon and Washington, principally on foot.
In 1894 we find him in Douglas county and not long thereafter he took a
homestead where he lives at the present time. He has added since
as much more by purchase and has made valuable and becoming improvements
upon the estate. His attention has been devoted principally to stock
raising and general farming until lately. Now he is engaged more
especially in raising grain. Mr. Manke is also considerably interested
in horse breeding and has a nice young and very fine Clyde stallion, which
is valued at over two thousand dollars. He has other good animals
and is very skillful in this enterprise. Mr. Manke has been prospered
in his labors and is a progressive and substantial citizen. He has
six brothers and three sisters, William, Arthur, Frank, Edward, Clarence,
Herbert, Mrs. Ida Boyd, Moran Agnes, and Laura.
At Bridgeport, Washington, on October 13,
1897, Mr. Manke married Miss Louisa T. Yeager, the daughter of Henry G.
and Louisa (Koch) Yeager, who are mentioned in another portion of this
work. Mrs. Manke's brothers and sisters are also named in another
portion of this volume.
To our subject and his wife, two children
have been born, Lela, on August 14, 1898, and Arthur G., on September 10,
1899. Mr. and Mrs. Manke are members of the Methodist church.
Mr. Manke has a great liking for music and
possesses talent in that line. From 1889 to 1891, he was a member
of the famous Northwestern Brass Band, handling various instruments.
Since retiring from that, he has devoted his entire attention in the musical
line to the violin, which instrument he handles skillfully at this time.