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.
ANDREW W. OLSON is a well-to-do
farmer living three miles northwest of Lind, Washington. He was born
in Sodermanland, Sweden, December 10, 1863, the son of Olaf and Johannah
(Peterson) Larsen, both natives of Sweden, where they still live.
Mr. Olson has a common school education which
he obtained in his native country. At the age of fifteen he left
school to work on a farm. Five years later he came to the United
States, locating in Cook county, Illinois, where he lived five years working
at the stone mason's trade. In 1899 he left Cook county for the west
and settled in Spokane, where he remained one year, then came to Lind and
located on a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. This land
he improved and as time went on, he added to it three hundred and twenty
acres, making his realty holdings total four hundred and eighty acres of
good, well-watered land in one body, all improved and under cultivation.
In 1903 Mr. Olson, after harvesting four thousand bushels of wheat, sold
this land for ten thousand five hundred and sixty dollars and has now bought
a half section six miles north from Ritzville, which he is improving and
residing on at present.
Mr. Olson has two brothers, Eric A., and Charles
D., and two sisters, Sophia and Josie. In politics he is a Democrat,
taking an active interest in the affairs of his party. The family
are members of the Lutheran church.