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.
HENRY B. CARSTENS was born in
Germany on February 24, 1870. His parents, Peter and Anna Carstens,
are now living at 829 Nettie Avenue, in Spokane. They are natives
of Germany and came to the United States about 1870, locating twelve miles
from Albany, New York. Later, they journeyed west to Iowa where they
spent three years. From that place, they came by wagon to Walla Walla,
arriving there in the fall of 1878. One year later they came to Spokane
and are now living retired in that city. Our subject received his
education in Iowa and Walla Walla and came with his parents to Spokane
county in the fall of 1879. He remained with his father on the farm
until twenty-two years of age; then purchased three-quarters of a section
in the edge of Lincoln county, which is now his home place. The farm
is one of the model places in the county and is supplied with commodious
and first class buildings, a windmill and other improvements and in addition
to this, Mr. Carstens owns other property.
On March 16, 1892, Mr. Carstens married Miss
Minnie Keplinger, a native of Salt Lake City, whose early life was spent
in Idaho. She came to Washington in 1890. To this marriage
five children have been born, Peter, Hazel, Avery, Albert and Beulah.
Mr. Carstens is a member of the I. O. O. F.,
and his wife belongs to the Rebekahs. He is greatly interested in
politics and is one of the broad minded and progressive men of the county.