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.

     AUGUST W. MANKE, resides about three miles northeast from Buckingham postoffice.  He was born in Crawford county, Wisconsin, on May 14, 1871, the son of William J. and Albertina (Voth) Manke, natives of Germany and emigrants to the United States in 1865.  He attended the public schools of Prairie du Chien and finished his education in the high schools of that state.  After that, he worked in the paper mills as ruler for some time, then began the study of medicine under Dr. Barney in Prairie du Chien.  Three winters were spent in reading this science, but not being favorably impressed with this, he journeyed to the west.  He spent some time traveling through Montana, California, Oregon and Washington, principally on foot.  In 1894 we find him in Douglas county and not long thereafter he took a homestead where he lives at the present time.  He has added since as much more by purchase and has made valuable and becoming improvements upon the estate.  His attention has been devoted principally to stock raising and general farming until lately.  Now he is engaged more especially in raising grain.  Mr. Manke is also considerably interested in horse breeding and has a nice young and very fine Clyde stallion, which is valued at over two thousand dollars.  He has other good animals and is very skillful in this enterprise.  Mr. Manke has been prospered in his labors and is a progressive and substantial citizen.  He has six brothers and three sisters, William, Arthur, Frank, Edward, Clarence, Herbert, Mrs. Ida Boyd, Moran Agnes, and Laura.
     At Bridgeport, Washington, on October 13, 1897, Mr. Manke married Miss Louisa T. Yeager, the daughter of Henry G. and Louisa (Koch) Yeager, who are mentioned in another portion of this work.  Mrs. Manke's brothers and sisters are also named in another portion of this volume.
     To our subject and his wife, two children have been born, Lela, on August 14, 1898, and Arthur G., on September 10, 1899.  Mr. and Mrs. Manke are members of the Methodist church.
     Mr. Manke has a great liking for music and possesses talent in that line.  From 1889 to 1891, he was a member of the famous Northwestern Brass Band, handling various instruments.  Since retiring from that, he has devoted his entire attention in the musical line to the violin, which instrument he handles skillfully at this time.