Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
EDMUND WALLBERG, a prosperous
and enterprising farmer, near Wenatchee, Chelan county, was born in Sweden,
November 16, 1859. His parents, Perry U. and Amelia Wallberg, were
natives of Sweden, where the mother died when our subject was four years
of age. Shortly after her decease the father, with our subject, came
to the United States, and at first settled at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
He was a Baptist minister, and his itinerary embraced many of the western
states. He died in Iowa in 1868.
Our subject was reared principally in Allamakee
county, Iowa, until he was eight years of age. He then worked out
by the month, attended district school, and at the age of twenty began
railroad work, at which he continued four years. In March, 1884,
he came to the "Big Bend Country," where he secured land near Waterville,
Douglas county, and continued farming. After a short visit to Seattle,
he came to his preseent location, near Wenatchee, where he has sixty acres
of fine land under cultivation. It is devoted to alfalfa and gardening.
He has also a young orchard. Our subject's sister, Louise, is the
wife of Oscar Jensen, Rock Island, Illinois.
At Waterville, Douglas county, November 4,
1889, Mr. Wallberg was married to Ella Owens, born in Linn county, Oregon.
Her father, Robert Owens, a native of Iowa, crossed the plains in 1852,
accompanied by her mother and sister. He now lives at Peoria, Linn
county, Oregon. Her mother, Castilla (Kirkpatrick) Owens, is a native
Three children have come to bless the home
of our subject, Ivor O., Castilla L. and Mabel E. Mr. Wallberg is
a member of the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, of Wenatchee. Althought
he is a Democrat by political affiliation, he professes a strong friendship
for Roosevelt, and will, doubtless, vote for him.