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.
OTTO C. POLSON resides three
and one half miles northwest from Downs, where he owns one half section
of land. It is a well improved farm and is handled by the owner in
a very skillful manner. Mr. Polson came here with no means, but owning
to his thrift and wisdom has been prospered during all the years since
1885 so that he is now one of the wealthy men of the section.
Otto C. Polson was born in Sweden, on May
7, 1840. His father, N. P. Polson, was also a native of Sweden and
a prominent man who died being aged thirty-three years. The mother,
Carmine Polson, was born in Sweden. Our subject was an only child
and was but five years of age when his father died. He started in
the common schools of his native country, then took charge of his mother's
farm until 1883, when he came to California. He remained there, engaged
for wages for two years, then came to Washington and selected his present
place from government land. He took a preemption and timber culture
claims and later bought and sold land. Like the other early
settlers, Mr. Polson endured many hardships and discouraging times, nevertheless
he continued steadily in his labors and has been well rewarded by continued
In 1867, before coming to America, Mr. Polson
married Miss C. Nelson, who died in 1886. In 1887, he married Mrs.
Janet Brande Sybecker, a native of Scotland. She came to Washington
in 1886. She had come to the United States when a small child with
her parents and was educated at Salt Lake City. To Mr. and Mrs. Polson,
two children have been born, Carl and Georgia.
To Mr. Polson and his first wife, two children
were born, Arva, deceased, and Natalie, wife of S. P. Swenson, now residing
near Lamona, Washington. To the present Mrs. Polson, by her former
husband, were born, Gus, James, Erick, and Janet, all now residing in Washington.
Mr. Polson has always shown himself an upright
man and has hosts of friends in every quarter.