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.
LAURS NELSEN is one of the good
substantial farmers of Lincoln county who have made it what it is today,
one of the banner counties of the west. Like those who do instead
of dream, Mr. Nelsen has taken hold with his hands and made for himself
a good home place and competence in this favored region.
Laurs Nelsen was born in Denmark, on July
12, 1849, being the son of Nels and Anna (Andersen) Lorensen, natives of
Denmark. The father was a citizen of prominence and held various
offices of trust in his native country. Our subject received his
educational training from the public schools of his native country and
as soon as his time with the days of school study were over he gave his
entire attention to handling his father's farm, where he had also been
engaged during the interims from his studies. At the age of twenty-five,
Mr. Nelsen had saved enough from his labors so that he was warranted in
purchasing his father's farm, which he did. The old homestead then
became his property and it was his home until 1892, when he sold and came
to this country. After due search in various portions of the west,
he decided to take a homestead in Klickitat county, in this state, and
there he toiled with varying success until 1899, when he came to Lincoln
county and here took up farming. He is located about three miles
west from Wilbur and has a good place.
In 1875, while still in Denmark, Mr. Nelsen
married Miss Mary Sorensen, daughter of Soren and Meta M. (Miller) Rasmusan,
natives of Denmark, where also Mrs. Nelsen was born and reared. To
this marriage the following children have been born, Nels, Soren, Marie,
Anna, Christina, Hansena, and Mary.