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.
EDWARD ENGELSEN is a prosperous
farmer living three miles west from Hesseltine. He owns a good estate
and in addition to his farm has bought and sold considerable land since
coming to the Big Bend country. Through his wise labors, he has gained
wealth and is one of the influential and leading men of the section.
Edward Engelsen was born in Hardanger, Norway,
in April, 1862, being the son of Engel A. and Margreta (Lussand) Bjotvedt.
The family came to Wisconsin in 1868 and there father was a farmer and
gained wealth and influence in his latter years. Our subject was
educated in the district schools in Wisconsin and in Cortland academy.
He came to Washington at the age of twenty-one and took a homestead in
1883 at his present location. His home place has been well laid out
and is supplied with good buildings, fences, orchard, and all other conveniences
necessary on a first class farm. After taking his land, Mr. Engelsen
was forced to go to other parts of the country to earn money for his support
and the improvement of the farm. He has the following brothers and
sisters, Martin, Ole, Mrs. Helena Gullicksen, Mrs. Carrie Nash, Susan,
and Mrs. Emma Merkey.
In 1893, Mr. Engelsen married Miss Bertha
Spangle and to them three children have been born, M. Gladys, deceased;
Gracie M., and Clare W.