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Biography of Nels Christensen

Nels Christensen, senior partner in the firm of N. Christensen & Son, conducting a real estate, insurance and loan business, was born in Denmark on the 25th of March, 1869, his parents being Nels C. and Mattie K. (Nielsdatter) Christensen, who spent their entire lives in Denmark. The son pursued his education in the schools of that country until seventeen years of age, when he came to the United States, after which he spent a year as a pupil in a country school. He afterward began work as a laborer and later learned the moulder’s trade, which he followed through much of the time for fifteen years. In 1903, however, he turned his attention to the real estate business in connection with Jacob Anderson and the partnership existed until about seven years ago. Following its dissolution Mr. Christensen organized the present firm of N. Christensen & Son and still conducts a real estate, insurance and loan office, each department of his business proving profitable as the result of the liberal client-age which he has won. His business methods are thoroughly progressive and reliable and have gained for him unqualified confidence and regard. In addition to negotiating property transfers he has done some speculative building, erecting houses which he sells on the installment plan.

In 1890, when twenty-one years of age, Mr. Christensen was married to Miss Elsie Johanna Christensen and they have become parents of four children: Emma, the wife of Roy Leonard, of Rapine; Harold, in business with his father; Cora, a teacher in the Gilbert Knapp school; and Elizabeth, who is assisting in her father’s office.

In his political views Mr. Christensen has been a republican since securing the right of franchise and for a term and a half was supervisor from the ninth ward. He is a member of the Congregational church and also of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Racine and he is supreme secretary of the Danish Society, a position which indicates his high standing among his fellow countrymen in this state. His determination to come to the new world has received its endorsement in the success which he has won and in the position to which he has attained, and there is no more loyal resident of Racine than this adopted son of America.

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