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.

     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.