Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CARL CHRISTENSEN is the present
genial and efficient incumbent of the county clerk's office of the county
of Chelan. He was chosen by the people in 1902, his name appearing
on the Republican ticket, but in every precinct he was far ahead of his
ticket and the handsome majority of two hundred and forty-three showed
in what esteem the good people of the county placed Mr. Christensen.
He has manifested in this capacity the same qualities of worth and substantiality
which characterized him in his walk heretofore and he is favored with implicit
confidence from the people.
Carl Christensen was born in Denmark, on September
9, 1864, the son of Christ and Christena (Peterson) Christensen, both natives
of Denmark, where they died in March, 1903 and in 1891, respectively.
Our subject received a good training from the common and high schools of
his home place and in 1887 came thence to the United States. He journeyed
on to Minnesota and for two years he was busied in studying in the schools
to gain the language and later finished in the Minneapolis Business college.
Next we see him in Davenport, Washington, and there he followed railroad
contracting in the construction department on the Washington Central.
In the spring of 1892, Mr. Christensen came
to Wenatchee and accepted a position as bookkeeper for Wood Brothers, a
contracting firm on the Great Northern construction. The next year
he was in the same capacity for F. A. Losekamp, a general merchant at Leavenworth,
where he remained for several years. In 1896, Mr. Christensen was
appointed postmaster at Leavenworth, where he continued a faithful and
popular incumbent until his election to the office of county clerk.
Mr. Christensen has always taken a keen interest in the political questions
of the day and has been an influential worker in the conventions, both
county and state.
At Spokane, Washington, on March 19, 1896,
Mr. Christensen married Miss Lonnie Nyborg, of Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Two children have been the fruit of this union, William H., born June 19,
1897; and Clifford R., born September 19, 1898.
Mr. and Mrs. Christensen are members of the
Lutheran church, while he is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M. and
the A. 0. U. W.