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.

     JOHN JONKE, an industrious and progressive Douglas county agriculturist lives about one-half mile east from Lincoln county and devotes his attention to both general farming and stock raising.  He was born in Austria, in December, 1855, being the son of John and Cecilia Jonke, natives of Austria.  Our subject received a good high school education in this country then learned the hat makers' trade.  In 1870, he journeyed to the United States and settled in Philadelphia.  Four years later, he came thence to Spokane Falls and wrought in various capacities there, being with Holly Mason Marks, and the Spokane Gas Company.  He was one of the earliest settlers in Spokane county and after some years came to Douglas county, where he took a preemption on which he now lives.  Later he took a homestead which is across the line in Lincoln county.  He has improved his property in first-class shape and has a nice stock of well bred cattle and horses.  Mr. Jonke is an enterprising and progressive man and has labored with the reward deserved for himself.
     At Spokane, in 1897, Mr. Jonke married Miss Margaret Pasic and to them three children have been born: Joseph, on February 16, 1899; Antonio, on August 27, 1900; and Margaret, on April 2, 1902.
     Mr. and Mrs. Jonke are adherents of the Catholic church and are well respected people.