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.
JONAS A. CARLSON, one of the
leading farmers of northern Lincoln county, resides about one mile west
from Hesseltine. He owns there a half section of choice wheat land,
which his wise industry has transformed from the wild of prairie sod to
a well laid out and highly cultivated farm. It is supplied with residence,
barns, out buildings, and other things necessary to make it a comfortable
and pleasant rural abode.
Jonas A. Carlson was born in Sweden, September
11, 1849, the son of Carl and Annie (Peterson) Swinson, also natives of
Sweden and wealthy farmers. In addition to assisting his father on
the farm, Jonas attended school in the adjacent district, and pursued his
studies until he had mastered the common branches. He continued in
labor in his native land until 1880, when he came thence to the United
States, and began work in Indiana for wages. He had no capital and
he labored in Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, and on the Canadian
Pacific railway until 1883. In that year he had laid by enough capital
to justify him in seeking a place for himself, so after due investigation
he selected his present place and filed a homestead. Later he bought
a quarter section and the half section is now his home estate. Mr.
Calson has shown himself one of the sturdy pioneers and has certainly done
a good part in opening up and developing this country. He has also
manifested unswerving integrity and uprightness in his life here and has
won, consequently, the good will and esteem of all.
In 1896, Mr. Carlson married Miss Emma Johnson,
a native of Sweden, and to them one child has been born, Hilda. Mr.
Carlson has three brothers, Victor, Carl, and Swan, and one sister, Mrs.