Location: Denmark

Biography of Hon. J. H. Kamper

Hon. J. H. Kamper, who is carrying on general agricultural pursuits near North Cape, was born in Denmark, December 17, 1857, a son of Peter H. and Christina (Rasmussen) Kamper. The father was born in Denmark in 1822 and died in the year 1896, while the mother, whose birth occurred in 1820, passed away in 1894. They were married in Denmark and in 1866 became residents of Yorkville Township, Racine County, where Mr. Kamper rented land. Subsequently he purchased a farm in Raymond Township, a tract of fifty acres, which he carefully and successfully cultivated. He was a member of the Lutheran church in early life, but after coming to Wisconsin joined the Baptist church. He never became allied with any political party, but cast an independent ballot. The Kamper family is of German lineage, for the paternal grandfather, Hans Kamper, was born in Germany, whence he removed to Denmark. J. H. Kamper is the only survivor of a family of six children. He pursued a district school education and when his textbooks were put aside, concentrated his efforts upon farm work, to which he has since given his attention. He was married in 1885 to Miss Ella Adland, a daughter of Knud and Phoebe (Drought) Adland. Her father located at North Cape, Wisconsin, in 1840, and established the first store there. He was postmaster for thirty-two years and...

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Biography of James C. Hanson

The Danish citizens of the United States are more nearly identical with our Anglo-American race than any other citizens of foreign birth. They possess the spirit which we call “go-aheaditiveness” in as large measure as any of our citizens, and they become Americanized and assimilate with the older population of our country sooner perhaps than foreigners of any other race. They are industrious, take to business on broad principles and are about as certain to make successes as any people among us. James C. Hanson, one of the prominent farmers of Latah County, Idaho, is not by any means one of the exceptions that prove this rule. He belongs rather to the large majority whose progressive and intelligent industry is having an influence more and more marked on our general prosperity as we approach the beginning of a new century. Mr. Hanson was a pioneer in Latah County and is one of its most prominent citizens. He located in Idaho in 1872, before there had come into existence anything to so much as foreshadow the inception and development of the city of Genesee, and he not only witnessed but has assisted in the opening up and improvement of Latah and her sister counties. Mr. Hanson was born in Denmark and was educated and began his active life there. His father, Hanse K. Hanson, married Miss Paulson, and the worthy couple...

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Biography of John Hanson

John Hanson, who loyally served this country as a member of the navy, is now successfully engaged in farming and stock raising on Camas prairie, in Idaho county, where he owns four hundred and eighty acres of land. He is a native of Denmark, his birth having occurred in that land on the 9th of June 1827. At the age of fifteen he bade adieu to home and friends and went to sea, eventually sailing to New York, in 1849. While there he joined the United States Navy and served for sixteen months, at the expiration of which period he received an honorable discharge. He then sailed on merchant vessels on the Pacific ocean and on the Mediterranean sea, and became a well informed seaman, his ability and worth winning him promotion from time to time, until he became a first mate. During his seafaring life he passed through many dangers and hardships, which if written out in full would make a most interesting volume. He was shipwrecked twice off the coast of San Francisco, where the ship was driven ashore, and was also in a fearful typhoon in South American waters, the ship being lost, but the crew escaped with their lives. When the United States became involved in the greatest civil war known to modern history, he determined to aid in the perpetuation of the Union, and...

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Biography of N. P. Nielson

N. P. Nielson, treasurer of Bannock County, and a pioneer grocer of Pocatello, is a native of Denmark, his birth having occurred in that country, September 17, 1852. He was the second in order of birth in a family of two sons and two daughters, whose parents were Peter and Mary (Henson) Nielson, also natives of the same country. The subject of this sketch came to America in 1868, and four years later the rest of the family also crossed the Atlantic, taking up their residence in Utah, where the father died at the age of sixty-four years, the mother passing away several years previously. The brother of our subject is also deceased, but the two sisters are still living. N. P. Nielson acquired his education in the schools of his native land, and after coming to the United States took up his residence in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he secured a position as clerk in the old Townsend House. Later he occupied a similar position in the Keeney House, in Ogden, Utah, and in 1880 he came to Blackfoot, Idaho, where he assisted in opening a hotel, also known as the Keeney House. There he remained until 1885, when he took up his residence in Pocatello. Here he served as clerk in the Pacific Hotel for a time, but was soon afterward elected constable of the town...

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Biography of H. A. Hansen

H.A. HANSEN. – Among the enterprising and industrious agriculturists of Union county, mention should be made of the gentleman, whose name initiates this paragraph, since his energy and ability have been manifest to all and since he has distinguished himself by his faithfulness and success that he has attained in tilling the soil and in raising stock. He is also popular among his fellows for they have again and again manifested their confidence in him at the polls and have kept him in public office almost continuously for the last decade. The pleasant little Kingdom of Denmark has furnished many thrifty citizens for our country, but none more faithful and deserving than he, who was born there in 1842, the subject of this sketch. At the early age of fourteen years, Mr. Hansen started out for himself and soon was farming and until he was thirty years of age he continued at this industry. At the age last mentioned he left the native land and embarked for the United States, where he made his way to the vicinity of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and engaged there in saw mill work, for two and one-half years. After this period, he went to Kansas, locating in Wilson county, where he worked in a livery stable for five years and farmed for two years and then came to the Sound country in Washington...

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Biography of John Larson

Not a few are the worthy citizens that the peninsular country of Denmark has furnished to the United States, and among those who have sought homes in the far northwest is John Larson, bishop of the Preston ward and one of the leading and influential citizens of Preston. A native of Denmark, he was born on the 1st of May 1845, his parents, Andrew and Mary (Nessen) Larson, being also natives of the same land. They were converted to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in 1861, with their family of three sons and two daughters, they sailed for the New World, Salt Lake City being their destination. They were poor but honest and worthy people, and the church furnished them with an ox team with which to cross the plains from Council Bluffs to Utah. John Larson was then in his sixteenth year, and notwithstanding he had never driven oxen he soon learned how to manage them, and drove four pair across the plains, walking all the way. At length the journey was safely terminated, the family arriving at Salt Lake in September. They settled in Logan soon after their arrival, the parents there residing until 1868, when the father died, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. He was an esteemed citizen, faithful to every duty. His good wife still...

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Biography of Peter Fredrickson

The hope of reward is the spur of ambition, and honorable ambition is the keynote to success. Without it business would flag, enterprise and energy would stagnate and advancement would be little, if any; but permeated by this element the world moves on to better things, to greater achievements and more enduring successes. It is this same ambition which has made Mr. Fredrickson one of the leading businessmen of Malad. His career is one into which has entered many picturesque elements. He went forth in his early youth to win a place for himself in the world, has been identified with the pioneer interests and development of the northwest, and has attained success and honor through well directed and conscientious effort. He is now the mayor of the city and well deserves the prominent place which is accorded him by his fellow townsmen. Mr. Fredrickson was born in Denmark, October 26, 1849, and is of Danish and Swiss descent. His father, Christian U. Fredrickson was also a native of Denmark, and his mother was a native of Sweden. They were married in the former country and there two children, a son and daughter, were born to them. In 1862 they came to America, bringing with them their two children. They had been converted to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Denmark, and...

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Biography of Nelson Buhl

For thirty years Nelson Buhl has engaged in farming and stock raising in Idaho, and has met with a creditable and satisfactory success in his well directed efforts. His home farm, comprising four hundred acres of rich land, is pleasantly situated northwest of Salubria, but in the valley he owns many other valuable tracts of land, and is thus prominently connected with the agricultural interests of this section of the state. Mr. Buhl is a native of Denmark, born December 8, 1858, and when a child of only five years was brought to the United States by his parents, Bartlet and Anna Buhl, who located in Salt Lake City, Utah. There the father engaged in farming and also conducted a meat market until 1869, when he removed to the territory of Idaho. He was hardly established in his new home when, on the 7th of August of that year, he was killed in a runaway. His widow and children, three in number, survive him, and Mrs. Buhl has nowreached the ripe old age of seventy-two years. To the public schools Mr. Buhl is indebted for the educational advantages which fitted him for the duties of a practical business life. When old enough he entered a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in Salubria valley, northwest of the present town of Salubria, and at once began to develop a...

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Biographical Sketch of Rasmus Hansen

Hansen, Rasmus; building contractor; born, Denmark, Jan. 6, 1870; educated, Technical School in Denmark; married, Cleveland, Nov. 4, 1904, Bertha A. Simmon; three children; director and vice pres. American Construction...

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Biographical Sketch of Hermann N. Matzen

Matzen, Hermann N.; sculptor; born, Denmark, 1861; son of Nicolai Edinger and Henrietta Basch Matzen; graduate, German-American Seminary, Detroit, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin (medal of second class); married, Cleveland, 1888, Emma Hale; married, 1908, Blanche Disette; issue, Madelein Dorothy, Carl and Herman; engaged in sculpture since 1893; executed groups, “War and Peace,” on Indianapolis Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument; Schiller monument, Detroit; Burke mausoleum.; figures, “Moses and Gregory,” Cuyahoga County Court House, Cleveland; “Law and Justice,” Summit County Court House, Akron; “Cain and Abel,” Lake County Court House, Painesville; Wagner monument, Cleveland, and others; instructor Cleveland School of Art since 1897; member Chamber of Commerce, National Sculpture Society, American Federation of Art, Arts...

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Biographical Sketch of Gunder Robertson

Robertson, Gunder; cement contractor; born, Denmark, March 7, ___; son of Robert Gunderson and Marie Laursun Robertson; educated, Denmark; married, Painesville, 0., June 1, 1890, Annie M. Robertson; issue, eight...

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Simpson, Louis N. – Obituary

Louis N. Simpson Dies at Portland Enterprise, Oregon Word has been received at the death of Louis N. Simpson at Portland on January 5th. Mr. Simpson worked at Heacock’s jewelry store for a year and a half. He left for Portland on Nov. 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Simpson roomed at the Voget home while in Enterprise. We take the following from Saturday’s Oregon Journal. The funeral services of Louis N. Simpson who died at his home, 815 Kenworth Avenue, January 5, were conducted by the Rev. L.M. Christianson at the Finley chapel, Friday afternoon at 2:30. The body was cremated at the Portland crematorium. Simpson, a native of Denmark, was born in 1850 and came to Oregon 35 years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel H. Simpson, and two daughters, Mrs. Mable Bates of Portland and Mrs. Grace Brooks of Los Angeles. Wallowa County Reporter, January 13,...

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Biography of Terkel Jensen

Terkel Jensen. Few business men in Southern Kansas have a better record of substantial accomplishment than Terkel Jensen, who had been successfully identified with the wholesale produce business in this state for more than a quarter of a century, and is president of the Emporia Ice and Cold Storage Company, a large enterprise which is a direct outgrowth of his extensive operations as a produce commission man. Mr. Jensen came to Kansas in 1889, and since that date had had his home in Emporia. He had been in this country only 2½ years, but he had the energy, the ability and the push which make a successful American, and he had been steadily enlarging the field of his operatioons until he and his associates now conduct plants at Emporia, McPherson, Marion, Eureka and Madison. The plant at Emporia is situated at 212 Commercial Street. About nine years ago, in order to furnish better facilities for the handling of produce there was organized the Emporia Ice and Cold Storage Company, which had a large plant at the corner of Third Avenue and Commercial Street. Terkel Jensen is a native of Denmark, born August 18, 1863, in that province known as Schleswig-Holstein, which at that time was a part of Denmark but which soon afterward was wrested away in the war with Germany and is now part of the German Empire....

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Pedersen, Peder – Obituary

Peder Pedersen Dies In Seattle. Pioneer Kittitas Valley Farmer Succumbs Last Night. Peder Pedersen, 76, a Kittitas Valley pioneer, died in the Swedish Hospital in Seattle last night [May 25, 1941] after an illness of about a week. He came to the Kittitas Valley in 1889 and farmed in the Denmark District for many years. He was born in Denmark in 1865. He lived in the valley from the time he arrived here in 1889, but during the last few years frequently visited his children in Portland. Surviving him are two sons, Arthur of Ellensburg and Elmer of Seattle, and six daughters, Mrs. Anna Cleman of Ellensburg, Mrs. Clara Kay of Kittitas, Mrs. Mary Henry of Portland, Mrs. Ella Otey of Portland, Mrs. Louise Durland of Portland, and Mrs. Bessie Zelten of Akron, Ohio. There are 15 grandchildren. He will be buried in Ellensburg IOOF Cemetery. However, funeral arrangements are no...

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Biographical Sketch of James Henry

One of the members of the thrifty and intelligent agricultural population of Wallowa County is mentioned at the head of this article and to him we are pleased to accord a representation in this work that chronicles the events of Wallowa and Union counties, together with the careers of the leading men of both sections. Mr. Henry is eminently fitted to be classed with this number, since he has manifested uprightness, good wisdom, sound judgment and excellent industry and energy in all of his undertakings in the county and elsewhere, while his integrity, sound principles and untarnished reputation are manifest to all. Mr. Henry was born in Denmark on November 20, 1842, being the son of Henry Elberg, also a native of Denmark. In his native country our subject was educated and grew to manhood, serving for eight months in 1864 in the Danish army, during the Franco-Prussian war. In 1873 he came to America, settling in Illinois, where he gave his attention to farming for two years. Then he went to California and for nine years was engaged in farming near Sacramento, after which he went to various portions of the state and finally came to Oregon, settling in Wallowa county, taking a homestead, where he now lives, four miles east from Enterprise, also taking a preemption, which gives him a generous estate of one-half section. Mr. Henry...

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