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.
AUGUST LILENGREEN, deceased.
It is very proper that a memoir of this highly respected citizen of Lincoln
county be granted space in a work that purports to outline the careers
of the leading men here. He was born in Sweden and while still a
young man came to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Afterward he moved to
Chicago, Illinois and was there when it was a very small town. From
Chicago, he traveled to Michigan, then to Indiana and in 1868, he came
to Minnesota and purchased a farm near St. Peter. At that time Minnesota
was poorly settled and he had to undergo many hardships incident to a pioneer
life. In 1886, Mr. Lilengreen came to Whitman county and the following
year located in Lincoln county, setting on a farm near Creston. He
continued here as one of the substantial and influential citizens until
his death in 1903. His wife, Mary Dahlburg, was born in Sweden and
died at Creston in 1903. She was an exemplary woman and they were
both deeply mourned at their demise. Three sons and two daughters
were left to mourn their departure, Albert, Frank, Ruben, Mrs. Ida Johnson
and Mrs. F. Watson.
By way of reminiscence it is interesting to
note that Frank Lilengreen was one of the five who captured Harry Tracy.
The children of August Lilengreen are all
highly respected citizens of Lincoln county.