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.

     CHARLES A. MIELKE, who resides about three miles southwest from Edwall, is one of the industrious and progressive farmers of the Big Bend country.  He has labored here with a display of energy and wisdom for a good many years and is now one of the well to do and leading farmers.
     Charles A. Mielke was born in Prussia, Germany, on September 17, 1868, the son of Michael and Caroline (Hellatz) Mielke, natives of Germany.  They came to the United States in 1873 and now reside in Lincoln county, being pioneers of this section.  Our subject came with his parents to the United States and settlement was made on the Mississippi river, in Iowa; then they journeyed to Indiana and two years later, came west to Wabasha county, Minnesota, where land was bought and they turned their attention to farming.  About 1883 our subject landed in Lincoln county with his parents.  He remained at home assisting them in the farm work until twenty-five years of age, then began to do for himself.  He has given his attention to general farming and stock raising since that time and has won excellent success in these labors.
     In 1898, Mr. Mielke married Miss Martha Itzenhauser, a native of Germany.  Her father John Izenhauser, now lives about a mile southwest from Edwall.  She came to this country with her parents when fifteen years of age, it being then 1885.  Her education was completed at Warsaw, Illinois, and in Iowa.  In 1890, she came west to Seattle and two years later, went to Tacoma, thence to San Francisco and finally back to Tacoma, where she was married in 1898.  To Mr. and Mrs. Mielke, two children have been born, Marie and Helen, aged four and one, respectively.  Mr. Mielke is the owner of a quarter section of fine wheat land, well improved with barn, windmill, orchard and so forth.  He is a member of the Maccabees and M. W. A. and is a man of influence and good standing.