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 C. F. WOLKE, a native of Prussia, Germany, born February 12, 1841, came to the United States in 1866, to Lincoln county, Washington, about 1882, and now resides on a productive and highly improved farm one mile northwest of Rocklyn.
Mr. Wolke's parents were Ludwig and Fredericka (Meyers) Wolke, and were native Germans. The brothers and sisters of our subject are, Otelia, Edward, Mrs. Albertina Hauer, and Mrs. Augusta Ledke, all natives of Germany.
August Wolke attended the schools in his native country until arriving at the age of fourteen, when he applied himself to mastering the miller's trade, which he succeeded in doing, and which he followed in Germany to a considerable extent. He served over three years in the German army during that country's war with Austria, and was engaged in one severe battle. In the fall of 1866, he came to New York city from Hamburg, and from New York he moved on to Wisconsin. Later returning to New York, he shipped for San Francisco, by way of the Panama route, arriving there early in 1867. While in California he worked at various occupations whereby he might earn an honest dollar, including work on the railroad and on a farm in the Sacramento valley, and came by wagon to the Big Bend in 1882. He settled first at Coal Springs between Davenport and Harrington, where he took a homestead and timber culture and applied himself to farming and stock raising. He sold his Coal Creek ranch and removed to his present home of one hundred and sixty acres in 1898. He also owns another quarter section of good land near Miles post office.
August C. F. Wolke was married March 23, 1887, to Amelia Scheffler, born in Watertown, Wisconsin. Her father and mother, August and Caroline Scheffler, were born in Germany, and came to the United States, and settled in Wisconsin. From that state they removed to Minnesota, where they lived until they came to Lincoln county. They are now living on a farm near Rocklyn. Mrs. Wolke is their only child.
Mr. and Mrs. Wolke have been parents of five children, Martha A., Ottele C. T., Annie A., Errach C., and Lilly E.
Mr. Wolke is a member of the German M. E. church, as is also his wife. The family has the command of four languages German, Holland, Low Dutch, and English.
Mr. Wolke came to Lincoln county without means, and had many hardships to endure before getting a start in life, but by dint of the hardest and most stubborn toil and perseverance he has been successful, so that now his family is comfortably situated and in easy circumstances.
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