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.

     CHARLES W. HENSEL, who resides five miles north from Waterville, was born in Prussia, on August 25, 1839.  His parents, Gottfried and Christian Hensel, both natives of the same place, came to the United States in 1850.  Settlement was made in Wisconsin where the father labored in clearing the land and there lived until his decease, in 1865.  The mother died in 1900, being nearly ninety years of age.  Our subject gained a good education in Germany, before coming to this country and labored at home until he was twenty-two years of age.  He went to Minnesota, bought land and farmed for nearly twenty years in Waseca county.  In March, 1887, he came to Spokane, and October 10th moved to Douglas county and took up a pre-emption, where he now resides.  He later changed it to a homestead and has bought a quarter section in addition.
     Mr. Hensel has devoted himself with energy and assiduity to diversified farming and stock raising since his settlement here and without doubt he has one of the finest places in the state of Washington.  The quality of land is no better than that of others.  The only difference lies in that Mr. Hensel has made a study of horticulture and has put into practical demonstration the knowledge he has obtained.
     No man in Douglas county is better posted on what this section will produce and how to handle it to get the finest yield, than is Mr. Hensel.  He raises brome grass, alfalfa, the cereals, fruit and vegetables, also has a fine band of registered cattle, and some of the best Poland-China hogs in the county.  He is erecting a new residence and is to add larger barns to his estate.  Mr. Hensel has not only gained a good success for himself but his farm stands as an object lesson in the Big Bend country and it has induced hundreds of settlers to make this their home.  Too much cannot be said in favor of the excellent work which he has accomplished in Douglas county and it is with great pleasure that we are privileged to chronicle these items in the history of the county.  We also wish to note that Mr. Hensel is a great reader and keeps his library well stocked with the latest journals on general subjects and especially horticulture and stock raising.
     Mr. Hensel has three brothers, Ernest, Otto and Albert, and three sisters, Tena Snell, Emilie Kletzine and Ida Burke.
     On November 25, 1865, at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mr. Hensel married Miss Minnie, daughter of Frederick and Rosetta (Buch) Lawrence, both natives of Prussia as was also Mrs. Hensel.  The father died when Mrs. Hensel was nine months old.  The widow later married R. M. Wahlegmuth, who died in 1891, leaving two children, Bertie and Eustino.  Mrs. Wahlegmuth died in Wisconsin in 1902.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hensel ten children have been born, named as follows: George A., a farmer adjoining our subject; Charles F., a miller on Puget Sound; Levi H., at Rosalia, Washington; Samuel W., deputy treasurer in Douglas county; Alfred B., a postal clerk on the railroad; Arthur T., a clerk in Waterville postoffice; Alice, wife of R. P. Webb, proprietor of the Invale farm at Wenatchee; Ida, residing in Spokane; Winnie and Rosetta at home.
     Mr. Hensel is a Republican and always takes an active part in political matters.  He has been a delegate to nearly all the county conventions and the state convention of 1902.  He materially assisted in organizing the first school in the district and has been a hearty supporter of education during his stay here.  He has been either clerk or director for seventeen years, occupying both positions now.  Also he has been justice of the peace for the same length of time.