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.

     T. E. ERIKSEN, a thrifty agriculturist, who dwells about seven miles north from Wilbur, is also a man of influence in the political realm of the county, where he has done much excellent work of a reformatory nature.
     T. E. Eriksen was born in Denmark, in 1854, the son of Erik and Carrie (Therkelsen) Nelson, natives of Denmark.  The education of our subject was acquired from the common schools and when eighteen he bade farewell to his friends and native land and came to the United States.  He spent some time in Illinois, later journeyed to California, and then came to Walla Walla and settled.  In 1881 he came to the line of the Northern Pacific then being constructed.  He was occupied in railroading for some time and in 1883 came to Lincoln county taking a homestead where he now resides.  Since then, Mr. Eriksen has been giving his attention to the improvement and cultivation of his estate, except some years when he has resided in Spokane.
     In 1901 Mr. Eriksen married Miss Lura, daughter of Rev. Leicester and Sarah (Fielding) Allen, residents of Tipso, Washington.  Mrs. Eriksen was born in Loyal, Clarke county, Washington, and has three brothers and three sisters: Arthur, Guy, and Warren, all residing in this state; Anna, residing in Illinois; Lillie, in Wisconsin; and Nellie, in Washington.  Mr. Eriksen has always taken a great interest in political matters and has done some meritorious work in the Populist movement and the anti-saloon campaign.  He was instrumental in getting the first labor hall built in eastern Washington and was a member of the Trades Council from 1889 to 1891, and during this time was an ardent advocate of the ownership of the water works, electric lights, street railway system, and so forth in the city of Spokane.  Mr. Eriksen offered a motion to instruct the delegates from Lincoln county to vote for the initiative and referendum and he could not get a second.
     At the next convention he secured a second to the motion and the third year he secured its passage.
     Mr. Eriksen has the following named brothers and sisters: N. A., a teacher; C., a teacher; S., an attorney; J., a manufacturer; Carrie, a teacher of Greek; all residing in Denmark; K., a decorator and painter, in Milwaukee; F., a blacksmith, in Ballard, Washington; and Mrs. J. Petersen, of Spokane.  Hence it is worthy of remark that Mr. Eriksen is connected by blood to the powers which enlighten and bring about progress.  His brother, J. Eriksen, now operating a furniture factory in Denmark so wisely manipulated his affairs that in a large and extended labor trouble he was enabled to keep his factory going smoothly.