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.
FREDERICK JENNE came to the United
States in 1881 from Baden, Germany, where he was born February 27, 1852,
and settled on a farm in Kankakee county, Illinois. From there he
removed to Minnesota, and thence, in the spring of 1889 he came to Dayton,
Washington. After a brief time he came to the vicinity of Rocklyn
where he purchased a homestead filing for eight hundred dollars.
He now owns 1,160 acres of land here and lives one mile south and one-half
mile east of Rocklyn. About one-half of his land is suitable for
agricultural purposes and is well improved and fittingly equipped for carrying
on the business of farming. He owns in addition a block of lots in
the city of Davenport and has his farm well stocked with all domestic animals.
He came here in embarrassed circumstances financially, and was compelled
to endure much, and work hard for a start, but is now well-to-do, and greatly
in love with his chosen country. He is universally liked, and regarded
as a farmer of exceptional business judgment.
Mr. Jenne's parents are Frederick and Susan
(Sweigert) Jenne, both natives of Baden, where the father is now living
a retired life on a farm in his eighty-fifth year. The mother is
The sisters of our subject are, Mrs. Catharine
Bender, Mrs. Christine Zahn, Mrs. Margaret Fleck, Mrs. Anna Fleck, Mrs.
Mina Ihrig and Susan, all living in Germany. He has no brothers.
Mr. Jenne grew to manhood on a farm in his
native country and was there married, July I5, 1875, to Kate Laber, born
in Baden, November 3, 1857. Her father, George Laber, is now living
in Germany, aged seventy-four, while her mother, Susan (Grab) Laber, is
dead. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Jenne are; Christine Laber;
Phillip, at Creston, Washington; Mrs. Elizabeth Saueressig; Susan, Emma,
Paulina and Carl.
Mr. and Mrs. Jenne are members of the German
Evangelical church. To them have been born four children: Conrad
F., married to Minnie Miller, a harness dealer at Creston; John W.; Matilda
C., wife of George C. Raymond, a farmer of the vicinity of Davenport, and
In the fall of 1903, after an absence of twenty-two
years from his native country, Mr. Jenne visited the home of his childhood
and saw his kindred and early friends.