Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FRED F. VENTZKE is well known
as a business man of Okanogan county, whose energies and keen wisdom have
been largely toward developing mineral resources so abundant here.
His postoffice address is Winthrop and his home is on a homestead on the
north fork of the Methow. In addition to giving his attention to
his homestead, he is occupied as surveyor and United States land commissioner.
He was appointed to the latter position by Judge Hanford of the United
States court. At the present time he is making extensive mineral
surveys at Slate creek, Whatcom county, and is heavily interested in mining
properties there and elsewhere.
Fred F. Ventzke was born in Portage, Wisconsin,
July 15, 1870, the son of Theodore and Caroline Ventzke. He was well
educated in the public schools and then completed his training in the University
of Wisconsin, taking his degree in civil engineering. He followed
this profession on the railroad in various places for several years, finally
coming to Washington in 1896, in the employ of the Northern Pacific.
Later he returned to Montana and operated on the Geor survey of that state
and Idaho. Completing his work, he returned to Washington in the
fall of 1898, locating in Okanogan county and taking his homestead as stated
above. He has his place well improved and is one of the leading citizens
of the county. Fraternally, he is connected with the K. P., F. O.
A., and the M. W. A. Mr. Ventzke is deputy county surveyor of Okanogan
county and justice of the peace for Winthrop precinct. He is a young
man who has won the seteem and confidence of the entire community and has
gained for himself a good property holding as well as a first-class standing.