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
HERMAN G. HENNING, who resides
about two miles south from Lincoln postoffice, has one of the choice estates
of Douglas county and is possessed of much other property besides.
He came here when the country was wild and endured the hardships and trials
incident to the pioneer life and has labored with wisdom during these years,
thus gaining his present holding. He has the esteem and confidence
of all and he stands today one of the influential and leading men in this
portion of the county.
Herman Henning was born in Prussia, near Berwald,
on February 24, 1845. His parents, John and Henrietta (Kresz) Henning,
were natives of Prussia also. The father followed wagon making.
Our subject received his educational training in the public schools of
his native country and then learned his father's trade. He followed
the same until 1866, when he left the fatherland and journeyed to Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. He was employed in brick making for a time, then returned
to his trade, pursuing the same in Milwaukee, in Cedarsburg, and in other
points in Wisconsin until 1869, when he came to Iowa. He wrought
about ten years in his own shop and in 1878 sold out his business and bought
a farm. He tilled the soil there for about nine years, then came
to Douglas county and took a homestead where he now resides. He has
added since until he has a farm of eight hundred acres all in a choice
condition and productive of good crops of grain. Everything about
the pre-emption of Mr. Henning indicates his thrift and skill in farming.
His place is well improved with comfortable buildings and other conveniences
and he handles a good stock of graded cattle and horses. Like the
other pioneers of this country, he had to bring all his supplies from Sprague
and Spokane, the trip consuming from six to eight days. Mr. Henning
has three brothers, John, Ferdinand and Henry.
In Winneshiek county, Iowa, on February 4,
1873, Mr. Henning married Miss Louise Young. Her parents, Charles
F. and Margaret (Gesell) Young, were natives of Germany. Mrs. Henning
has the following brothers and sisters, Philip J., Charles, Adolph, Jacob,
William, Louise, Mrs. Caroline Bloomenrader, Mrs. Christine Hess and Mrs.
Katherine Rudolph. To Mr. and Mrs. Henning six children have
been born: Amanda M., wife of Andrew Flynn in the county; Julia A., wife
of Boone Thompson; William, Alvina, Edward H., and Otto E.
Our subject and his wife are members of the
Lutheran church and are very worthy people. He has served in various
capacities in public life as justice of the peace, school director, and
so forth, and has always given excellent satisfaction in these positions.