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.

     OTTO C. POLSON resides three and one half miles northwest from Downs, where he owns one half section of land.  It is a well improved farm and is handled by the owner in a very skillful manner.  Mr. Polson came here with no means, but owning to his thrift and wisdom has been prospered during all the years since 1885 so that he is now one of the wealthy men of the section.
     Otto C. Polson was born in Sweden, on May 7, 1840.  His father, N. P. Polson, was also a native of Sweden and a prominent man who died being aged thirty-three years.  The mother, Carmine Polson, was born in Sweden.  Our subject was an only child and was but five years of age when his father died.  He started in the common schools of his native country, then took charge of his mother's farm until 1883, when he came to California.  He remained there, engaged for wages for two years, then came to Washington and selected his present place from government land.  He took a preemption and timber culture claims and later bought and sold  land.  Like the other early settlers, Mr. Polson endured many hardships and discouraging times, nevertheless he continued steadily in his labors and has been well rewarded by continued prosperity.
     In 1867, before coming to America, Mr. Polson married Miss C. Nelson, who died in 1886.  In 1887, he married Mrs. Janet Brande Sybecker, a native of Scotland.  She came to Washington in 1886.  She had come to the United States when a small child with her parents and was educated at Salt Lake City.  To Mr. and Mrs. Polson, two children have been born, Carl and Georgia.
     To Mr. Polson and his first wife, two children were born, Arva, deceased, and Natalie, wife of S. P. Swenson, now residing near Lamona, Washington.  To the present Mrs. Polson, by her former husband, were born, Gus, James, Erick, and Janet, all now residing in Washington.
     Mr. Polson has always shown himself an upright man and has hosts of friends in every quarter.