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.

     NELS H. HAGEN, who lives about one mile northwest from Wilbur, is one of the popular and progressive farmers of this portion of Lincoln county and has hosts of friends, being a genial man possessed of good principles and industry.  He was born in Norway, on April 23, 1849, the son of Hans N. and Mary T. (Skabo) Hagen, natives of Norway.  Our subject was educated in the schools of Norway and in 1870, came with his parents to Wisconsin.  He was there engaged at various industries until 1877, when he moved to Polk county, Wisconsin and bought a farm.  For eleven years, he tilled this property and then came to Wilbur and bought his present place.  He has a half section of fine land which he has improved with buildings, fences and so forth, it being one of the well kept places of the county.  When Mr. Hagen came to this country, he was unable to speak or write in English but applied himself so thoroughly through personal efforts, having no time to attend the English schools, that he mastered the English language, being able to speak and write the same fluently and correctly.
     On June 11, 1878, Mr. Hagen married Miss Martha Nelson, daughter of Nels and Annie L. (Nessheim) Stalheim, natives of Norway.  To them one child has been born, Herman N.  Mrs. Hagen is a native of Norway.  Mr. Hagen is commander of the Columbian tent number 65 at Wilbur.
     For eleven years after filing on his present place.  Mr. Hagen wrought at carpentering, which trade he had learned previously.  Through thrift and wise handling of the resources of the country he and his wife have gained a fine competence and are now permitted to enjoy the fruits of their labor in the good things of life.