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.
CHARLES A. MIELKE, who resides
about three miles southwest from Edwall, is one of the industrious and
progressive farmers of the Big Bend country. He has labored here
with a display of energy and wisdom for a good many years and is now one
of the well to do and leading farmers.
Charles A. Mielke was born in Prussia, Germany,
on September 17, 1868, the son of Michael and Caroline (Hellatz) Mielke,
natives of Germany. They came to the United States in 1873 and now
reside in Lincoln county, being pioneers of this section. Our subject
came with his parents to the United States and settlement was made on the
Mississippi river, in Iowa; then they journeyed to Indiana and two years
later, came west to Wabasha county, Minnesota, where land was bought and
they turned their attention to farming. About 1883 our subject landed
in Lincoln county with his parents. He remained at home assisting
them in the farm work until twenty-five years of age, then began to do
for himself. He has given his attention to general farming and stock
raising since that time and has won excellent success in these labors.
In 1898, Mr. Mielke married Miss Martha Itzenhauser,
a native of Germany. Her father John Izenhauser, now lives about
a mile southwest from Edwall. She came to this country with her parents
when fifteen years of age, it being then 1885. Her education was
completed at Warsaw, Illinois, and in Iowa. In 1890, she came west
to Seattle and two years later, went to Tacoma, thence to San Francisco
and finally back to Tacoma, where she was married in 1898. To Mr.
and Mrs. Mielke, two children have been born, Marie and Helen, aged four
and one, respectively. Mr. Mielke is the owner of a quarter section
of fine wheat land, well improved with barn, windmill, orchard and so forth.
He is a member of the Maccabees and M. W. A. and is a man of influence
and good standing.