Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES WILLIAM ALMQUIST came
to the regions where he now lives with no means, but by industry and wise
management has become one of the wealthy citizens of northwestern Okanogan
county. His present home is one mile north from Molson, where he
has some fine land, well watered and nearly all under cultivation.
It is all fenced and provided with commodious outbuildings and a fine nine-room
Charles W. Almquist was born in Porter county,
Indiana, on January 18, 1876, the son of Charles and Hattie M. (Johnson)
Almquist, natives of Sweden. They came to the United States when
young, settled in Indiana, and were married at Kankakee in that state.
To them were born five children, Mrs. Luella Starkweather; Charles W.,
the subject of this article; Mrs. Fannie Lucas; Mrs. Belle Clover; and
Arthur. Charles W. came to Minnesota with his parents at the age
of twelve, and in 1883 the family came to Rosalia, Washington, there being
but few settlers in that section then. The parents are living there
now, and are well to do people.
The education of our subject was received
in the various places where he dwelt during his minority. In 1892
he came to the vicinity of Sidley in British Columbia, where he took a
homestead of a half section. It is valuable land, well fenced, and
adapted for hay and grain and there is a good supply of irrigating water.
Mr. Almquist erected a large barn sixty by eighty feet, and a fourteen
room house, and has made other valuable improvements such as outbuildings
and so forth. On October 10, 1900, Mr. Almquist located his present
home, which is near the reservation, taking out citizen papers September
20, 1900. The land was unsurveyed at the time, and he took up a squatter's
On June 2, 1897, Mr. Almquist married Miss
Cora M., daughter of Manning and Alice F. Cudworth, natives of the state
of Iowa. They came to the sound country about thirty-seven years
ago, and in 1895 settled near Sidley, where they now reside. Mrs.
Almquist was born in Whatcom, Washington. Two children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Almquist, Charles W., aged five, and Olive, aged four.
In addition to general farming and stock raising Mr. Almquist owns an interest
in two steam threshers, two engines and a sawmill.