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
CHRISTIAN PETERSEN. Douglas
county can produce some of the finest farms in the state of Washington
as is evidenced by the well kept estates in various portions of the county.
Among the best of them we are constrained to mention that of Mr. Petersen,
composed of a half section, and lying about one mile northwest from Farmer
postoffice. Sagacity, wisdom and skill have been manifested in laying
out the farm and directing the improvements. It is doubtless one
of the best in this respect to be found in the Big Bend country.
Mr. Petersen has made a study of his farm and brains as well as brawn have
been brought into requisition to secure the gratifying results he has achieved.
He raises abundant crops of small grain and also does some diversified
farming. He has a fine band of cattle and some excellent specimens
of well bred Clyde horses, besides other property.
Christian Petersen was born on the Island
of Lolland, under the dominion of Denmark, on July 29, 1861. His
parents, Morton and Bodel (Jorgensen) Petersen, were natives of Denmark
and tillers of the soil. Christian was educated in the public schools
and on the farm of his father. He remained thus engaged until 1881,
when he came to the United States, settling first in Michigan. He
was occupied three years in the lumber woods, then moved to Illinois where
he did farming near Springfield, for a couple of years. After this
he went to Nebraska and took a homestead but owing to adverse circumstances
and surroundings, he abandoned the same and journeyed west to Douglas county.
After due search in this section, as well as on the Sound and in Oregon,
he finally located his present place, and took two quarters, one a preemption
and the other a timber culture claim. Since the time of his location,
Mr. Petersen began to plan the laying out of the estate and the improvement
of the same and the result has been most gratifying, both in manifested
skill and in financial returns.
Mr. Petersen has one brother, John M., living
in Michigan. On February 1, 1900, in Michigan, Mr. Petersen married
Miss Maren Rasmussen, a native of Denmark, where also her parents were
born. She has one brother, Hans, living in Muskegan, Michigan.
Mr. and Mrs. Petersen are members of the Lutheran church.