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.
A. ROBERT FRANSEEN, like many
of our best citizens, came to us from Sweden. He now resides about
nine miles north from Sprague, where he owns something over a half section
of land, and devotes his energies to farming. He has accumulated
his property almost entirely since coming to this country in 1893 and the
fact that he is owner of a half section of good land, well improved with
plenty of stock and implements, indicates his industry and thrift.
A. Robert Franseen was born in Smalland Province,
Sweden, on April 1, 1865, being the son of Frank and Johanna (Josephson)
Franseen, natives of Sweden and now living in Smalland. Our subject
worked on his father's farm in Sweden until twenty-two, having gained his
education in the meantime. Then he sailed from Malmo, Sweden direct
to Philadelphia. From that metropolis, he journeyed to Minneapolis,
where he worked on the railroad construction and in the woods of Wisconsin
for over two years. Then he journeyed to Great Falls, Montana, whence
he came to Spokane. In 1893, he came to this country and three years
later rented land. In 1899, he purchased his present place.
Since he had no capital whatever to start with, upon arriving here, he
was forced to undergo the hardships incident to a settler in a new country
and has done so well in his endeavors, that he ranks with the substantial
men of the community.
At Smalland, Sweden, on December 18, 1886,
Mr. Franseen married Miss Adrina Johnson, and one child has been born to
them, Ernest, who has spent most of his life in Sweden, and is now attending
school in this country.
Mr. Franseen is a member of the I. 0. 0. F.
and M. W. A. He and his wife belong to the Swedish Lutheran church.
Mr. Franseen has six brothers and sisters, John, Carl, Anna, Edward,
Mrs. Olevia Swenson, and Esther.