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.

     A. ROBERT FRANSEEN, like many of our best citizens, came to us from Sweden.  He now resides about nine miles north from Sprague, where he owns something over a half section of land, and devotes his energies to farming.  He has accumulated his property almost entirely since coming to this country in 1893 and the fact that he is owner of a half section of good land, well improved with plenty of stock and implements, indicates his industry and thrift.
     A. Robert Franseen was born in Smalland Province, Sweden, on April 1, 1865, being the son of Frank and Johanna (Josephson) Franseen, natives of Sweden and now living in Smalland.  Our subject worked on his father's farm in Sweden until twenty-two, having gained his education in the meantime.  Then he sailed from Malmo, Sweden direct to Philadelphia.  From that metropolis, he journeyed to Minneapolis, where he worked on the railroad construction and in the woods of Wisconsin for over two years.  Then he journeyed to Great Falls, Montana, whence he came to Spokane.  In 1893, he came to this country and three years later rented land.  In 1899, he purchased his present place.  Since he had no capital whatever to start with, upon arriving here, he was forced to undergo the hardships incident to a settler in a new country and has done so well in his endeavors, that he ranks with the substantial men of the community.
     At Smalland, Sweden, on December 18, 1886, Mr. Franseen married Miss Adrina Johnson, and one child has been born to them, Ernest, who has spent most of his life in Sweden, and is now attending school in this country.
     Mr. Franseen is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and M. W. A.  He and his wife belong to the Swedish Lutheran church.  Mr.  Franseen has six brothers and sisters, John, Carl, Anna, Edward, Mrs. Olevia Swenson, and Esther.