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
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.