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.
HENRY S. WYNHOFF. John
H. Wynhoff, a native of Germany, together with his two brothers, Anthony
and Jacob, all concert players, and his wife, Dora (Appledorn) Wynhoff,
a native of Holland, came to the United States in 1854, and settled near
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With them came their family of children, of
which our subject, Henry S., was a member. His brothers and sisters
are: John, Herbert, Mrs. Fredrika Look, Jacob and Mrs. Dora Ritchie.
The following members of the family are dead, Mrs. Johanna Hage, Mrs. Mary
Verfurth, who owned the first store in Creston; Theodore, who died in service
during the Civil war, and Henry, who died in Germany, prior to the parents
coming to America.
Henry S. lived with his parents on a farm
near Milwaukee, until he grew to manhood. November 8, 1870, he was
married to Mary 0. Haas, born in Racine county, Wisconsin, July 22, 1851.
Her father, Phillip Haas, and mother, Rosa (Seitz) Haas, both native Germans,
came to the United States in 1844, and settled in Wisconsin. She
is the third of nine children. Mrs. Alice Moritz, Jacob, Joseph,
Phillip, deceased, Peter B., Ferdinand, Henry, Rosa and August.
In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Wynhoff removed to Kankakee
county Illinois; in 1881 to Bremer county, Iowa; in 1888 to Spokane, Washington,
and thence to Hell Gate on the Columbia. In this sparsely settled country
they took a pre-emption claim, kept a store, and raised fruit. Selling
all their land except forty-four acres, they moved in the spring of 1898
to their present home six miles south of Peach. Here they have 800
acres on the banks of Hawk creek, 300 acres of which are hay land, a good
home, a barn of two hundred and fifty tons of hay capacity, an orchard,
and a large berry patch. Mr. Wynhoff makes a specialty of raising
hay, cattle and horses.
Mr. and Mrs. Wynhoff have been parents of
nine children, Theodore, Anna, Addie, wife of Charles Cole, with the Spokesman-Review,
Spokane; Veronica, wife of Frank Young, with the Spoksman-Review
Spokane; Leo, attending Blair Business College, Spokane; Ottile Mary; Frank
J., and Walter S. On August 25, 1890, occurred an event of great
sadness to this family. Anna and Ottile Mary, aged sixteen and six,
respectively, were accidentally drowned at Whiteshore, on the Columbia.