Emil Henning was born in Minnesota in 1866, the son of F. H. and Doreta (Menzing) Henning.
He attended schools in Minnesota until coming west with his father and family. June 8, 1880, was the date of their arrival at Miles City, Montana, on the river steamboat the Eclipse.
Emil worked at home and for short intervals was employed elsewhere until the death of his father in 1893. Then he entered into partnership with his brotherin-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. William Suepke. They first operated on the old Liscomb Creek ranch and later added the James Davidson ranch on Little Pumpkin Creek, which they obtained from Fred Suepke. This partnership terminated in 1920, after the death
of Mrs. William (Regina) Suepke. Emil bought the interest of the heirs and operated alone until retiring in the 1930's. After this he spent considerable time near Moorhead, Montana, with his sister, Mrs. Leorona R. Huckins.
When he lived on Little Pumpkin Creek, Emil was one of the old-time freighters who hauled wool for the big sheep ranches in the area. He also hauled any other supplies they needed. He pulled two wagons loaded with wool with an 8 or 10 horse hitch.
Emil Henning passed away in Miles City, September 7, 1952, at the age of 86 years and was the last surviving member of the family that came here in the steamboat days.