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.
CARL M. OLSON was born in College
Springs, Iowa, March 13, 1878. He accompanied his parents to Ritzville
in 1884, at which place he attended the public schools until arriving at
the age of twenty, assisting in the meantime, his father in the management
of a farm near town. In 1903 he, with his brother, Abner A., purchased
a half-section of land two miles north and one and one-half miles east
of Ritzville, where he now lives, and where he last year produced five
thousand bushels of wheat, and all their land is in a high state of cultivation.
Mr. Olson's parents are John N. and Sarah
M. (Nelson) Olson, natives of Sweden, who, came to America in 1868, and
settled in Iowa, where they remained until coming to Ritzville. After
arriving here they lived two years in town, then removed to their present
home which the father took as a timber culture. In 1884 he purchased
one section of adjoining land, since which time he has erected first class
buildings,--house and barn--and has all his land well improved and surrounded
Our subject is a member of a family of four
children, Carl M., Abner A., and John E. L., besides himself, all of whom
are living with their parents.
The senior Mr. Olson is liberal in his political
views, and for two years creditably held the office of county commissioner
of Adams county.