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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.


     CHARLES F. WILKE is a native of Shelby county, Illinois, born September 4, 1866.  He is now a prominent and prosperous farmer residing four miles north of Davenport.  Mr. Wilke's father was August Wilke, a native of Germany, in which country he was a tailor by trade, and for a number of years a member of the standing army.  He came to the United States in 1865 and settled in Shelby county, Illinois.  Later he went to Chicago, where he was at the time of the great fire.  From Chicago he returned to Shelby county, where he followed farming, and in 1891 came to Lincoln county, Washington, where he is still living on a large tract of land which he has since acquired.
     The brothers and sisters of Mr. Wilke are, Herman A., Gustave W., both of whom are living with their father; and Bertha, wife of Charles A. Level.
     At the age of eighteen Charles Wilke started out to work for wages among different farmers of his native county, and came to this county with his father in 1891.  He worked on salary for a few years until he got sufficient start in life to enable him to enter the business of farming on his own account, which he has since continued to do.  He now has six hundred and forty acres of land, all under cultivation, and five hundred and fifty acres of timber and pasture land, with plenty of stock, implements, and so forth, to successfully carry on his operations.
     Charles F. Wilke was married to Mary B. Swank, a native of Douglas county, Oregon, September 28, 1903.  Her father, G. W. Swank, was a pioneer to the coast from the state of Indiana.  He is now living in Skagit county, Washington.  Her another is Alice (Miller) Swank, a native of Missouri, and is still living.  Mr. and Mrs. Swank have nine children, all of whom are living in this state.
      Mr. Wilke is a member of the M. W. A. of Davenport.
     He came to the country a poor man, has done well here, and is so thoroughly satisfied with the surroundings and conditions here that he freely expresses it as his intention to make the state of Washington and the county of Lincoln his permanent home.
 

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