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
JULIUS F. STANKEY was born in
Snyder Mull, Prussia, on October 14, 1839. His parents, George and
Rosina (Cluck) Stankey, were natives of Prussia. The father was overseer
of forests there. The mother died in Nebraska. Our subject
received his education in the common schools of Prussia and when seventeen
came to the United States. He settled in Laporte county, Indiana,
and engaged in farming for four years. In 1860, he went to Colorado,
but just before going, cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. In
1861, he returned to Nebraska and settled in Washington county near Fort
Calhoun. In 1862 he enlisted in the second Nebraska Cavalry under
Captain Peter S. Reed, in Company A and was placed in General Sulley's
command and saw considerable service in fighting the Sioux Indians.
Later, he was stationed at Fort Randall. In 1863, he was discharged
at Omaha and returned to Washington county, Nebraska, where he farmed for
twenty-seven years. In 1889, Mr. Stankey came to the Sound country
and after visiting Spokane and other portions of the state, he finally
settled on the top of Badger Mountain, taking a homestead. That was
his home for eight years, then he removed to his present location about
one mile south from Buckingham. He owns a half section of choice
wheat land and his two sons own as much more. Since settling here,
he has given his entire attention to raising grain and in 1903, took the
county prize on White Amber wheat. He has a good stock of horses
and cattle, his farm is well supplied with machinery and improved, and
he is one of the substantial and leading men of the community. Mr.
Stankey has one brother, Frederick G., and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Vooknitz.
At Calhoun, Nebraska, on January 1, 1869,
Mr. Stankey married Miss Rosina, daughter of August and Joustina (Kluck)
Bruck, natives of Germany. They both died in Nebraska. Mrs.
Stankey was born in Prussia, in March, 1843. She has one brother,
John, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Stankey. To Mr. and Mrs. Stankey,
four children have been born, Emma, Carl O., Minnie, John F., Jr.
Mr. Stankey is a member of the G. A. R., while
he and his wife belong to the Lutheran church. Mr. Stankey served
as justice of the peace in Nebraska and was also elected to that position
here in 1896, but failed to qualify. He has been a life long, stanch
Republican, but took no part in the silver movement that rent the party
recently. He is one of the leading men of the county and is looked
up to and respected by every one who knows him.