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.

     CARL M. OLSON was born in College Springs, Iowa, March 13, 1878.  He accompanied his parents to Ritzville in 1884, at which place he attended the public schools until arriving at the age of twenty, assisting in the meantime, his father in the management of a farm near town.  In 1903 he, with his brother, Abner A., purchased a half-section of land two miles north and one and one-half miles east of Ritzville, where he now lives, and where he last year produced five thousand bushels of wheat, and all their land is in a high state of cultivation.
     Mr. Olson's parents are John N. and Sarah M. (Nelson) Olson, natives of Sweden, who, came to America in 1868, and settled in Iowa, where they remained until coming to Ritzville.  After arriving here they lived two years in town, then removed to their present home which the father took as a timber culture.  In 1884 he purchased one section of adjoining land, since which time he has erected first class buildings,--house and barn--and has all his land well improved and surrounded by fence.
     Our subject is a member of a family of four children, Carl M., Abner A., and John E. L., besides himself, all of whom are living with their parents.
     The senior Mr. Olson is liberal in his political views, and for two years creditably held the office of county commissioner of Adams county.