Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
EUGENE F. WEHE is clerk of Okanogan
county, and in that capacity has shown the merit and stability that characterize
him in all his ways. In 1900, he was chosen to this office, his name
appearing on the Democratic ticket and the majority being fifty-nine.
At the expiration of that term, he was again nominated, and out of eleven
hundred and eighty-six votes he received enough so that his majority was
five hundred and two. No expression from the people could better
tell the esteem in which Mr. Wehe is held.
Eugene F. Wehe was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
on April 14, 1868, the son of Frederick P. and Julia (Bonniwell) Wehe,
natives of Germany and Wisconsin respectively. The father was brought
from Prussia to this country by his parents when he was three years of
age. His father was a weighmaster in Germany and settled in Milwaukee
in early days. When Frederick P. grew to manhood, he enlisted in
the Second Missouri Cavalry and served with credit for the union.
Our subject was well educated in the common schools, and the business college
in Kansas City and then took a position as a news agent on the railroad.
Later he was brakeman and then baggage master. On account of failing
health, he retired from these labors and came west with his father in the
spring of 1892, locating in Okanogan county, where Wehesville is now situated.
Our subject took land which he has improved in a becoming manner.
His farm is located near Alma post office and has a good residence, barn,
outbuildings, fences, orchard, and so forth, and is a valuable piece of
property. Mr. Wehe handles some cattle and has the advantage of sufficient
water to irrigate alfalfa. Fraternally he is affiliated with the
I. O. O. F., W. W., and the Eagles. In political matters, he has
ever held with the Democratic party and is a true blue defender of their
principles. Mr. Wehe now resides in Conconully where he has a tasty
residence and other property.
At Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 4, 1896,
Mr. Wehe married Miss Adaline Derber, who was born in Wausau, Wisconsin,
on March 10, 1873. Mr. Wehe made the journey to Milwaukee to claim
his bride, who is an accomplished lady and the center of a large circle
of admiring friends. They have one adopted child, Millard D.