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.
LOUIS NISSEN is a prosperous
and well-to-do farmer whose home is eleven miles southeast of Ritzville.
He was born near Leck, Germany, June 11, 1860, son of Detleff and Catharine
(Christianson) Nissen, natives of Denmark. The father served in the
rebellion of 1848. Our subject was a member of a family comprising
eleven children. He, early in life, received a common school education
which was supplemented later by a course in an institute at Lubeck.
At the age of eighteen he started life for himself, beginning by clerking
in a store, which vocation he followed six years. He then farmed
two years, after which he came to America and was for a time located in
Vermont. He then removed to Iowa and four years later to Nebraska,
in both of which states he followed railroading. He left Nebraska
and came to Washington in 1889, and worked for a brief time in Spokane
at the carpenter's trade, and from that city he went to Latah, remained
a few months, then came to his present location, where he filed on a homestead.
After making final proof on his claim he went to Rock Creek valley and
purchased an interest in a half section of land, where he lived four years.
He then sold out and returned to his homestead where he has since made
him home. From time to time since coming here Mr. Nissen has added
to his real estate holdings until he now has a section and a fourth of
agricultural land, the major portion of which is under cultivation and
well improved with good buildings, orchard, and so forth.
In 1889 Mr. Nissen was married to Ernestine
Brasch, daughter of John and Henrietta (Tech) Brasch, native Germans who
came to America prior to the Rebellion, in which the father was a soldier.
They were one of the pioneer families of Wisconsin, and numbered seven
children, four of whom are living.
To Mr. and Mrs. Nissen have been born seven
children: August, Ernest, Louise, Clara, Martha, Elsa and Harvey.
In politics Mr. Nissen is a Democrat, and
takes an active interest in the affairs of his party. He has been
a school officer for the past seven years, and is a devout member of the
Methodist Episcopal church.