Henkes Celebrate 100th
Celebrate 100th." Center Republican,
11 September 1985.
Herb and Harriet Henke hosted the gathering of the Diedrich Henke
family on July 4. The family celebrated the centennial of the homesteading
of the Diedrich and Dorothea Henke. The original homestead was located
about a quarter of a mile east of the now Herb Henke farm. Because
of water problems the Henkes moved ¼ mile west and settled
near the creek. Their son Herman (Dec. 19, 1885-1970) and a daughter
Mary (Nov. 21, 1887-1958) were both born on the original site. Anna,
Mrs. Phillip Maier, (Oct. 5, 1893) and Henry D. (Sept. 10, 1896)
were born after the family moved.
Over 100 family members gathered for the occasion. Herb was master-of-ceremonies
of a program given where Anna talked of memories of her parents
and Henry read the history. Herb led the group in prayer and in
the singing of praise and thanks to God for His love and guidance
show to these pioneer parents.
On display were the Family Bible and Prayer Book, an early picture
of the farm, a picture of Diedrich and Dorothea, and the trunk in
which the Henkes brought their personal belongings from Chicago.
(This same trunk served as their table for many years.) Also on
display was a memorial plaque given by Phillip and Anna Meier in
loving memory of Diedrich and Dorothea. This plaque will be placed
on a stone base at the entrance to the Henke farm.
Family members coming from out-of-state were: Roselyn, Nolana,
and Moreena Newton, Seattle, Wash.; Frances Maier, Pulman, Wash.;
Janet McElvaine, Everett, Wash.; Marlene and Kelly Koenig, Kalispell,
Mont.; Delvin Henke family, Waterloo; Iowa. Also attending this
reunion included families of Henry D. Henke, Phillip Maier, Dorthy
Hintz, Forrest Jensen, Dorene Henke, Ervin Henke, Louis Wilkens,
Duane Bueligen, Herb Henke, Raymond Maier, Arnold Maier, Raymond
Hintz, Wayne Jensen, Kenny Stayton, Curtis Henke, Vernon Henke,
Bruce Wilkens, Blaine Wilkens, Blake Wilkens, Clay Bornemann, Allan
Tellman, Mike Eggers, Dan Bueligen, Darcy Rosendahl, Kenton Kruger,
Dave Kautzmann, Pat Doll, Daune Maier, Blaine Hoesel, Gary Maier,
Reprinted with the permission of The Center Republican.
Left to right: Alma Henke, Anna Maier,
Henry Henke and Phillip Maier. Anna (almost 92 years) and
Henry (89) are the children of Diedrich and Dorothea Henke.
|Herb Henke was
the master of ceremonies for the reunion.