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
HANS PETER LUND OLESEN resides
about five miles southeast from Farmer, where he has an estate of one-half
section, besides a desert claim. He came here in 1889 and took a
pre-emption where he now resides. Later, he returned to Ellensburg
and then came back to this country in 1893. Since that time, he has
added the balance of his estate by purchase and has continued his labors
as a farmer and stock raiser. Mr. Olesen has about forty head of
fine graded cattle, besides a number of well bred horses. He also
is part owner of a registered Shire stallion, which weighs over eighteen
hundred pounds. Mr. Olesen has always manifested a progressive spirit
and thrift which are evident in every part of his work on his premises.
Hans Peter Olesen was born in Jutland, Denmark,
on April 28, 1857. His parents were Ole Sorensen and Karen Olesen,
natives of Denmark. The schools of that progressive little country
furnished the education for our subject and he continued to reside there
until 1882, when he made his way to the United States and settled in Cummings
county, Nebraska, and engaged there in farming for seven years. Then
he came to Ellensburg in this state and was occupied on an irrigating ditch
for a time. After taking the land as stated above, he returned to
Ellensburg and finally came back here to reside permanently. Mr.
Olesen has one sister, Mrs. Hannah Michelson.
On August 23, 1872, in Denmark, Mr. Olesen
married Miss Anna Wagner, who was born in Denmark, on March 3, 1846.
Her parents were also natives of that country and she had one brother,
Sarren W., who died in Ellensburg, Washington, in 1891. Our subject
and his wife have become the parents of the following children: Christina,
the wife of Fred Nelson, residing in this county; Minnie, wife of Albert
Lee, in the Chelan country; Mary, wife of Robert Beyer, living at Waterville;
Ole, residing in Seattle; Chris and Martha, both residing at home.
The latter were born in Ellensburg, on August 14, 1892. Mr. and Mrs.
Olesen are members of the Lutheran church.