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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.


     FRED HUESMANN, of the firm of Baske & Huesmann, dealers in lumber, paints and oil, resides in Davenport, Lincoln county, where he is recognized as a progressive and influential citizen.  He was born in Germany, June 21, 1869, the son of Ferdinand and Kathrina (Johnson) Huesmann.  The father was a contractor for street work, and died in 1895.  The mother still lives at Holstein, Germany.
     Having been educated in the public schools of his native town, our subject learned the trade of a carpenter, and came to the United States, in 1886, locating in Chicago where he remained three years.  He came to Davenport in 1889 and engaged in contracting and building.  He is a master of his profession, and erected the Catholic church, Lutheran parsonage and Auditorium, and many of the finest residences in the city.  In 1898 he formed a partnership with Fred Baske, and they continued the same business until 1900, when they decided to give the lumber business their entire attention.  The firm has extensive yard facilities and they probably carry the largest stock of lumber in the Big Bend country.  They also own a quarter section of wheat land near Edwald; a section of state land in Douglas county; their store building and lot; a half block for the purpose of a lumber yard; one and one-half blocks near the depot; and a half block up the track on which stands a frame warehouse 40by50 feet in size, which they rent.  Mr. Huesmann owns a handsome two-story residence in the city of Davenport.
     Our subject has three brothers and two sisters.; John, in Chicago; Adolph, in Minnesota; Ludolf, in Germany; Mary, wife of Charles Dappner, of Chicago; and Julia, now in Germany.  February 4, 1892, at Davenport, Mr. Huesmann was married to Bertha Fortanier, born in New York city, the daughter of Robert Fortanier, a native of Germany, now retired from business and living in Davenport.  Mrs. Huesmann has one half brother, Charles, and one half sister, Mary, wife of A. Kloster, a farmer living near Harrington.  Mr. Huesmann is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the W. W., while politically he is a Republican, though not active.  He is an energetic and sagacious business man, highly esteemed and popular with all with whom he is associated.
 


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