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.
CHRISTEN K. WEISMANN has shown,
without doubt, that he is a man possessed of remarkable ability to handle
funds. He came to the Big Bend country a poor man in 1886.
Discerning the future of the country, he at once started to work and the
result of his labors is that he owns an estate of seven hundred and twenty
acres, well improved and well stocked, besides much other property and
securities. All this is the result of his careful management and
Christen K. Weismann was born in North Schleswig,
Germany, on March 10, 1855, the son of Knud C. and Maren (Andreasen) Weismann,
natives of the same place. The father served in the war between Denmark
and Germany in 1848-50 and was one of the worthy and prominent men of his
community. The public schools of Germany gave our subject his education
and after that, he went to work for wages. A short time thereafter,
he was apprenticed to a farmer and learned scientific farming. In
1875, he enlisted in the Danish army and served the term required by law.
He was then appoined an officer in a custom house between Germany and Denmark
and continued three years. Next he was on the police force in Copenhagen
for three years. In 1884 he landed in the United States and spent
sometime in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. It was 1886, when he
came to his present location and took a homestead. He bought other
land later and his entire estate is well improved, while a fine orchard,
beautiful shade trees, commodious buildings, and an elegant brick residence
are among the things in evidence that show his taste and thrift.
The estate is one of the finest in the country.
In 1881, Mr. Weismann married Miss Maren Peterson,
who died in 1886. Mr. Weismann's second marriage was celebrated with
Miss Bodel M. Peterson, a sister of his first wife. Mr. Weismann
has the following children; Peter C. T., born in Copenhagen and now completing
an extended post graduate course at the Grandview College at Des Moines,
Iowa; Mrs. Elna B. Lyse; and Olga I., a student. Mr. Weismann has
come to be one of the representative men of Lincoln county and has gained
his distinction, his wealth, and his position by reason of his worth and
his labors, having started in life a poor lad, with no friends, in a new