Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
FRED BASKE, of the firm of Baske
& Huesmann, dealers in lumber, paints, and oils, Davenport, Lincoln
county, was born in Germany, August 10, 1862. His father, Gottlieb
Baske, died in Germany when our subject was about six months old, and the
boy was reared by his mother, Henrietta, who passed away when he was seven
years of age.
In 1885 young Baske came to the United States,
settling first in Nebraska, where he remained until 1892. Thence
he came to Davenport, Washington, and in partnership with Fred Huesmann,
a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere, engaged in the lumber business.
Our subject has one brother and two sisters, August, Louisa, wife of Julius
Vohrpahl, and Bertha, wife of Otto Paga, all living at present in Germany.
Mr. Baske was married in Germany, in 1884,
to Laura Zagelow, born in Germany, and the daughter of Fred and Louisa
(Lueck) Zagelow. Both parents now reside with Mr. Baske in Davenport.
Mrs. Baske has five brothers and three sisters, William, Fred, Edward,
and Paul, farmers living near Odessa, Lincoln county, and Herrman, living
in Stevens county, Washington; Amanda, single, in Nebraska, Annie, wife
of John Kraatz, of Davenport; and Agnes, wife of Emil Lueck, a merchant
living in Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Baske have two children, Fritz
and Hugo. Fraternally, Mr. Baske is a member of Acacia Lodge, No.
64. A. F. & A. M., the I. 0. 0. F., and A. 0. U. W. Although
a staunch Republican our subject is not particularly active in politics,
but has been a delegate to county conventions, and is now serving his second
term in the city council of Davenport. He owns a story and one-half
cottage at the corner of Tenth and Washington streets, Davenport, adjacent
to apple, pear and prune orchards. He owns and occupies, for business
purposes, an entire block. Mr. Baske is popular with all, and a business
man of sterling merit.