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.
SWEN P. SWENSON is one of the
agriculturists of Lincoln county who has won success by his labors here
in which he may well take pride. He resides about eight miles southwest
from Harrington and there owns a large estate of eleven hundred and twenty
acres of choice wheat land. He is one of the leading and influential
men of this section and has won the respect and esteem of all who know
Swen P. Swenson was born in Sweden, on August
16, 1862, being the son of Swen P. and Elna Swenson, natives of Sweden.
The. father was a seafaring man and a very successful navigator.
After the primary education of our subject in his native land, he began
an extended course of study in navigation. He made great headway
in this art and soon went to sea. He rose rapidly from sailor before
the mast to different official positions and finally to captain of the
ship. For nine years he navigated the sea, visiting all parts of
the globe. He became well known and bore the reputation of being
a first class navigator. Finally he decided to retire from a seafaring
life, and accordingly, in 1887, he came to this country and searched out
a location in Lincoln county. He took land in 1888 where he resides
and has added by purchase until he owns the estate mentioned above.
He has supplied the farm with excellent buildings, plenty of machinery,
horses, and so forth and has shown skill, energy and thrift in his labors
and improvements. Mr. Swenson has made a remarkable success in, farming
and has become wealthy as a result.
In 1890, occurred the marriage of Mr. Swenson
and Miss Polson, the daughter of Otto C. Polson, who is mentioned in another
portion of this work. To this union five children have been born,
Henry, Gus, Carl, Nellie, and Elna.