Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     FRED BASKE, of the firm of Baske & Huesmann, dealers in lumber, paints, and oils, Davenport, Lincoln county, was born in Germany, August 10, 1862.  His father, Gottlieb Baske, died in Germany when our subject was about six months old, and the boy was reared by his mother, Henrietta, who passed away when he was seven years of age.
     In 1885 young Baske came to the United States, settling first in Nebraska, where he remained until 1892.  Thence he came to Davenport, Washington, and in partnership with Fred Huesmann, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere, engaged in the lumber business.  Our subject has one brother and two sisters, August, Louisa, wife of Julius Vohrpahl, and Bertha, wife of Otto Paga, all living at present in Germany.
     Mr. Baske was married in Germany, in 1884, to Laura Zagelow, born in Germany, and the daughter of Fred and Louisa (Lueck) Zagelow.  Both parents now reside with Mr. Baske in Davenport.  Mrs. Baske has five brothers and three sisters, William, Fred, Edward, and Paul, farmers living near Odessa, Lincoln county, and Herrman, living in Stevens county, Washington; Amanda, single, in Nebraska, Annie, wife of John Kraatz, of Davenport; and Agnes, wife of Emil Lueck, a merchant living in Nebraska.
     Mr. and Mrs. Baske have two children, Fritz and Hugo.  Fraternally, Mr. Baske is a member of Acacia Lodge, No. 64.  A. F. & A. M., the I. 0. 0. F., and A. 0. U. W.  Although a staunch Republican our subject is not particularly active in politics, but has been a delegate to county conventions, and is now serving his second term in the city council of Davenport.  He owns a story and one-half cottage at the corner of Tenth and Washington streets, Davenport, adjacent to apple, pear and prune orchards.  He owns and occupies, for business purposes, an entire block.  Mr. Baske is popular with all, and a business man of sterling merit.