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1 1 southern part of Sj aland, Denmark, Novetn-
V.J ber 3, 1862, Mr. Sorensen came to the
United States at the age of seventeen, and has
been a resident of Chicago for twenty years. His
parents were both natives of the same place,
where they died, his father at the age of eighty-
four and his mother at eighty-two. His father,
Paul Nielsen Pohl, was a prominent architect and
contractor, well known and highly esteemed in
that part of Denmark where he conducted a suc-
cessful business. His mother was Bodil Sorens-
datter. She bore to her husband three children,
of whom the subject of this sketch is the third,
the elder two being Carl and Christine Nielsen,
who still reside in the country of their birth.

Mr. Sorensen attended the common and high
schools of his native place, graduating from the
latter in 1878 with a fair knowledge of both Ger-
man and English, in addition to the training
which he had received in other branches. After
leaving school he spent a year in Sweden, where
he was employed by a brick mason, and in 1879
sailed for America, coming at once to this city.

His first venture was to purchase an interest
in an ice business at the corner of Lake Street and
Forty-eighth Avenue. Eighteen months later he
embarked in the stationery trade on West Indiana
Street, where he continued for three years, when
he disposed of his store and for a time worked at



bricklaying. It was not long, however, before
he began making contracts on his own account,
and after four years of that work he opened an
architect's office. In this profession he has since
continued, having attained a large measure of
success.

Mr. Sorensen had learned the art of a drafts-
man at the high school in Denmark, and when
but sixteen years old had been awarded a diploma
for a proficiency which he owed in great measure
to his natural aptitude. He has erected some
three hundred buildings in this city, including
stores, residences and churches, and has at times
employed a large force of men. Among some of
the handsome structures of which he has been the
designer may be named the following: Gustave
A. Mueller's residence, No. 719 Pine Grove Ave-
nue, Norwegian Lutheran Church, at the corner
of Artesian and Potomac Avenues, the Stockholm
Hotel, No. 56 East Chicago Avenue, a fine three-
story building on Maplewood Avenue, near
Potomac, and an apartment house at the corner
of Oakley and Potomac Avenues.

In 1886, at Chicago, Mr. Sorensen was mar-
ried to a Danish lady, Miss Leontine Ohlin, who
came to America at the age of twenty years. Of
the four children born to them two are still living,
Carl and Lillie.

He enlisted as a private in the Second Regi-
ment, Illinois National Guard, in 1886 and



E. L. TAUBERT. CHRIST HANSEN.



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served three years, being promoted to the rank
of sergeant. He is a member of Covenant Lodge
No. 526, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Nor-



den Lodge No. 699, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. In the last-named lodge he has held
all the offices, and is at present secretary.



EDWARD L. TAUBERT.



|~~DWARD LAWRENCE TAUBERT is
1^ prominent among the younger citizens of
L_ Chicago who by their own efforts alone
have been able to make a showing in the vast
and motley people of this city. He was born
April 12, 1870, at No. 518 Sedgwick Street, and
has lived nearly all his days inside the great
metropolis of the West. His parents were Con-
rad and Mary (Muther) Taubert, who are men-
tioned elsewhere in this volume.

Edward Lawrence Taubert attended the La
Salle public school until he reached the age of
fourteen years, when he began to learn the wood
carver's business. For five years he remained in
this capacity with Burnlike & Wick, on Division
Street. He changed to the service of the Chi-
cago Fringe Works, on the corner ofQuincy
Street and Fifth Avenue, where .he continued



three years. For the past nine years he has been
employed in the interest of E. L. Mansure &
Company, at No. 45 Randolph Street. He is a
valued and honored employe and is devoted to his
occupation.

September 14, 1892, he was married to Miss
Jennie Schwartz, a daughter of Martin Schwartz,
They became the parents of two children, Walter
John, born August 26, 1895, an( ^ Edmund
George, born November 26, 1897. Mr. Taubert
is enterprising and independent of character,
thoughtful of the rights of others, but ready to
defend his own. He will succeed as only those,
of his calibre can succeed, and will not be afraid,
at any time of his life, to be reminded of his past.
His influence is for good and his mind is strong
and pure. He is a kind and loving husband,
and true, stanch friend.



CHRIST HANSEN.



OHRIST HANSEN, the son of Christian
1 1 Christiansen and Maria Hansen, was born
\^J at Copenhagen, Denmark, December 22,
1855. Both of his parents were natives of that
country, where they also died. Mr. Hansen
comes of stalwart stock, his father having been a
laborer and attaining the ripe old age of seventy-



five years. The subject of this article was one of
a family of ten children, of whom only two were
sons, he himself being the younger.

His childhood and youth were spent at Copen-
hagen, where he attended the common schools
until he had reached the age of fourteen years,
when his parents deemed it best for him to turn



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ANTON CHRISTENSEN.



his attention to a more active life. Accordingly,
when he was fifteen years old he was duly ap-
prenticed to a blacksmith to learn that laborious
but manly trade. After serving an apprentice-
ship of four years he worked as a journeyman in
his native city until he came to America in 1893.
On reaching this country he came at once to
this city, which has since been his home, and
where, through industry and thrift, he has ac-
quired a competence. For two years after his
arrival here he worked by the day, but in 1895
he opened a shop of his own and started in busi-
ness for himself at No. 1442 West North Avenue.



There he remained for a year, when he removed
to Wabansia Avenue. Two years later he es-
tablished himself at No. 741 West Chicago Ave-
nue, where he now conducts the manufacture of
carriages, wagons and trucks, besides carrying
on an extensive repairing and general black-
smithing business.

He was married in Denmark to Miss Alma
Hansen, who, like himself, is of Danish birth.
They have one daughter, Maria, who lives at
home. Mr. Hansen is a member of the order of
the Knights of the Maccabees. He subscribes to
the faith of the Lutheran Church.



ANTON CHRISTENSEN.



Gl NTON CHRISTENSEN, one of the most
I I popular citizens and business men of the
/ I Seventeenth Ward of Chicago, was born in
the kingdom of Denmark, September 27, 1862.
He spent his boyhood in his native place and
attended the common schools until he reached
the age of fourteen years. After that time he
supported himself, apprenticing himself to a
cabinet-maker. He mastered the trade in four
years, and then traveled as a journeyman in
Denmark and Germany. At the age of twenty
years he left Europe to seek his fortune in the
new world, going first to Liverpool, England,
whence he embarked for the island of Cuba. He
remained there but two months and then crossed
to New Orleans, where he found work at his
trade for some months.

In 1883 he decided he would be more at home
in the temperate climate of the North, and accord-
ingly located in Chicago. For three years he
worked in the factory of the Chicago Desk Manu-
facturing Company, saving as much as possible
of his earnings. He then engaged in the milk
business, and soon built up a good retail trade,



later opening a wholesale depot also. In 1894
he disposed of this business, which, however, had
proved very lucrative. His genial manners and
fair dealing had won him many friends among all
classes, and he concluded that he would be
equally successful in some other line of business.
He therefore opened the Royal Hotel, with sample
room and restaurant, at No. 341 Milwaukee
Avenue. In this business he has been very suc-
cessful, and in supplying the wants of his many
patrons he finds his greatest satisfaction. His
largely increasing trade shows how well his efforts
have been received and proves that in catering to
the inner wants of his fellow-men he has found
his proper calling.

Since becoming a citizen Mr. Christensen has
taken a lively interest in public affairs, fulfilling
his duty as a citizen with commendable thorough-
ness. He has always supported the Democratic
party and has become a representative man of his
ward, his counsel having great weight whenever
important political actions are under considera-
tion. He is an influential member of the Seven-
teenth Ward Democratic Club. Coming as he



MARTIN LARSEN. C. H. FENTON.



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does from the common people and having gained
his way in the world in the face of many dif-
ficulties, he is able to appreciate their feelings on
public questions. Mr. Christensen has been a



member of Wicker Park Lodge No. 81, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Sing-
ing Society Harmonien. He was married in
Chicago in 1893.



MARTIN LARSEN.



I ARTIN LARSEN was born in Langland,
Denmark, April 5, 1845, being the third of
a family of four children born to Christ
Larsen and his wife. Both his parents are de-
ceased, his father, who was a wagon-maker, dying
when Martin was but two years old.

Until he reached the age of fourteen years, he
attended the common schools, on leaving which
he worked five years in a grocery, receiving by
way of remuneration therefor nothing save his
board and clothes. After serving his apprentice-
ship he was made a clerk, and filled that position
until he came to America in 1872. Chicago was
his objective point, but he did not long remain
here. Going to the northern peninsula of Michi-
gan, he obtained work in the iron mills in that
section, but returned to this city in about a year.
For the next two years he worked at any sort of
honest toil that came to hand, and then embarked
in the milk business, establishing himself on Erie
Street. In this pursuit he continued some seven-



teen years, when he opened a grocery store.
After changing location several times, in 1893 he
erected a three-story brick building, containing
a store and flats, at No. 745 North Tallman
Avenue and removed his business to that point,
where he has since remained, commanding a
remunerative trade and enjoying the respect of
his neighbors and customers.

Mr. Larsen has been twice married. His first
wife, Mary Nielsen, to whom he was united in
August, 1879, died some three years after mar-
riage. Subsequently he married Miss Matilda
Petersen, a native of Norway. Mr. and Mrs.
Larsen have eight children, Josie, Louis, Francis,
Mary, Lillie, Fred, Alma and James, all of whom
live at home.

Mr. Larsen is a member of the Society Dania
and was at one time its president; of the Danish
Brotherhood, of which, also, he has been chief
executive officer, and of the Knights of Pythias
In politics he is a Democrat.



CHARLES H. FENTON.



HARLES HENRY FENTON, who is truly sponsible position of foreman in its tin depart -

a well-established citizen of Chicago, is a ment. He was born June 7, 1857, on Twenty-

valued and respected employe of the firm of third Street, between South Park and Calumet

N. K. Fairbank & Company, occupying the re- Avenues. His parents were Henry and Ann



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H. J. P. GEBERT.



(Rudd)Fenton, natives of Kent County, England.
Henry Fenton met a sad death, being thrown from
his wagon and killed, his neck being broken.

Until seventeen years of age the subject of this
sketch attended school, after which time he was
with Keith Brothers three years, being subse-
quently for the same length of time with Field &
Leiter. He returned to the service of Keith
Brothers, and spent a like period in the employ
of that concern. During the past fourteen years
he has been identified with N. K. Fairbank &
Company, rising from under-foreman to the posi-
tion he now occupies. The length of time his
services have been retained by the concern proves



the fact that he is esteemed above the average,
and his ambition and stability of purpose are to
be admired.

May 15, 1889, he married Miss Mary, daughter
of Henry Burmeister. Mr. and Mrs. Fenton are
the parents of one child, Harold, born Septem-
ber 2, 1891. Mrs. Henry Fenton, mother of the
man whose name heads this article, resides at
No. 4615 Arnold Avenue. She, with her hus-
band, were descended from a long line of Prot-
estants, Charles H. Fenton being true to the
teachings of his fathers. He is a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the
Knights of Pythias.



HENRY J. P. GEBERT.



HENRY JOHN PETER GEBERT, who was
at one time one of the prominent and valued
citizens of the community where he resided,
was born October 3, 1834, in Germany. His
parents were George and Dorothea (Rohlke)
Gebert, and he passed away, peacefully, April 2,
1895, mourned by his family and friends, and all
who were acquainted with his generous, manly
nature.

Mr. Gebert came to America in 1857, an( i
having learned the trade of a carpenter, was em-
ployed in this capacity by the Illinois Central
Railroad Company. He was married June 18,
1865, to Miss Fredericka Carolina Lozette, daugh-
ter of John and Lena (Tilke) Steinberg. He
continued in the interests of the same concern
thirty years, proving the stability and persever-
ance of his character and the fine opinion of those
who employed him. For a period of one year he
conducted a grocery store at No. 4735 State
Street, in 1875. He then returned to his former
position, with the Illinois Central Railroad Com-
pany, until 1893. He was enabled, in 1865, to



erect a residence at No. 2952 South Park Avenue,
and for ten years he lived at No. 4735 State
Street, where he built a house in 1875.

John Steinberg died in 1870, at the age of
eighty-five years, never emigrating from his na-
tive land. His wife died in 1894, aged eighty-
six years. She came to America after the death
of her husband, in 1874. Mr. Steinberg was mar-
ried twice, and by his first wife became the father
of the following children: Mary, Sophia, Dora,
Louisa and John. The second Mrs. Steinberg was
the mother of the following children: a son who
died in infancy; Louisa, Minnie, Lena, Elizabeth,
Joseph, Frederick, Fredericka, Peter, Mary,
Seek and Lizetta.

Mr. and Mrs. Gebert were blessed with eight
children. Frank Charles Frederick, born Jan-
uary 9, 1866, is mentioned further on another
page of this work; Ida Mary Sophie, born August
14, 1867, married Henry Crone, March 6, 1889,
and their only child, Earl Henty, was born Jan-
uary 5, 1891. Henry George Frederick, born
October 2, 1869, is married and resides at No.



F. C. F. GEBERT. V. F. ROFINOT.



709



1531 Wabash Avenue. William Charles Fred-
erick, born December 18, 1871, is a fireman and
resides at home. Clara Mary Augusta, born
March 20, 1873, is employed at Marshall Field
& Company's store and resides at home. Anna
Augusta, born February 27, 1875, is a book-
keeper with Smith Brothers. Matie M. Fred-
ericka, born February 22, 1877, is a dressmaker.



Edward George Frederick, born November 22,
1 880, resides with his widowed mother.

Mr. Gebert was a Republican, and a member
of the Sons of Hermann. He was connected with
the German Evangelical Church and was ever to
be found on the side of right. He was beloved
and honored, and his memory will not fail to live
in the hearts of men.



FRANK C F. GEBERT.



r~RANK CHARLES FREDERICK GEBERT,
r3 who is one of Chicago's representative citi-
| ' zens, comes of a well-known and honored
family. He was born January 9, 1866, in Chi-
cago, and is a son of Henry and Fredericka
(Steinberg) Gebert, who are mentioned at length
elsewhere in this work. He attended school at
the corner of Dearborn and Forty-seventh Streets,
until he reached the age of twelve years.

He was subsequently employed by the Wilson
Sewing Machine Company one year, after which
he was in the service of the Illinois Central Rail-
road Company, at the Twenty-sixth Street shops,
four years. He was at the shops of the same
company at Sixteenth Street two years, and then
spent two years with the Chicago, Rock Island



and Pacific Railroad Company. Since 1889 he
has been a conductor on the Chicago City Rail-
way, and his services are highly valued by his
employers.

Mr. Gebert was married, November 12, 1891,
to Miss Mary Theresa, daughter of William and
Mary (Hasemeyer) Schultz. Mrs. Gebert was
born at Monee, Illinois, May 17, 1866, and came
to Chicago about the year 1884. Her two chil-
dren are Margure Josephine, born January 19,
1894, an d Fern Hermann, born April 19, 1899.
Mr. Gebert is independent in political views, pre-
ferring to vote for the man best fitted for office,
rather than for party. He is a consistent member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his influ-
ence is ever used in favor of the right.



VICTOR F. ROFINOT.



PJlCTOR FRANCIS ROFINOT, who comes
\ / of an old and highly respected family, is in
V the employ of the fire department of the
city of Chicago. He was born August 28, 1848,
on Clark Street, between Washington and Madi-



son Streets, near Board of Trade Alley. For
biographical mention of his father's family, please
refer to the sketch of Peter F. Rofinot in this
volume.

Mr. Rofinot was born and bred in the city of



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MATTHIAS BISCHLER.



Chicago, and is a true and loyal citizen. He at-
tended the Jones school and later the Hosier
school. At the end of his school life he entered
the sash, door and blind factory of Herman Hand,
located on Clinton Street, near Randolph Street.
Two years afterward he was employed by F. W.
Harvey, at his mill on Beach Street, eighteen
months. For two years he was at Frazee's
mill, at the corner of Fisk and Twenty-second
Streets; the same length of time with Palmer &
Fuller, corner of Union and Twenty-second Streets ;
and three years under his father, who was con-
tractor for building pavements. He went to
Hayes City, Kansas, and spent six months with
Rogers & Jenjins Colonizing Company.

On his return to Chicago he drove a team for
Owen W. Guthrie one year, and June 2, 1876,
he became a fireman in the service of the city.
He was first given charge of Engine No. 10, but
after little less than a week was placed on No.
17, in which capacity he remained one year. He
was given No. i, which he held five years, and
No. 4 he had one year less. He left the fire
department to again interest himself in his father's



business, and was in his father's paint store, at
No. 2215 Archer Avenue, two years. He pur-
chased the business and conducted it successfully
five years. He returned to the fire department
November 28, 1893, and was given charge of
Engine No. 73, which he retained until July 25,
1896. He has since that time been in charge of
No. 63.

Next to a man's common sense and strength of
character, which establish his moral state, is the
influence of a good woman for a life partner.
Mr. Rofinot was married, November 28, 1870, to
Miss Emma Frances Bennett, a daughter of Ben-
jamin and Susan Marinda (Luce) Bennett. Mrs.
Rofinot was born November 28, 1851, in Ver-
mont. Her mother resides in the city at No.
6354 Langley Avenue.

Mr. aud Mrs. Rofinot have been blessed with
three children: Emma Marinda, born June 30,
1872; Eugene Gertrude, February 14, 1874, who
died February 5, 1896; and Victor Elwin, born
July 14, 1876. Mr. Rofinot was reared a Roman
Catholic, but his family adhere to the teachings
of the Methodist Episcopal Church.



MATTHIAS BISCHLER.



IATTHIAS BISCHLER, a

builder in the vicinity where he resides,
was born July 12, 1846, in Trier, Ger-
many. His parents were Theodore and Mar-
garet (Oik) Bischler, and they immigrated to
America with their family of nine children, ar-
riving in Chicago June 2, 1864.

Mr. Bischler learned the trade of a carpenter,
but for a short time was employed in a tannery
and for a period of eighteen months worked in a
wagon factory. He then resumed his trade and
was in the service of Peter Dester seven years.
He contracted under the management of Theo-



dore Weber, subsequently being in the employ of
Adam Boss six years. He was eight years with
Michael Bender and two years with John Round-
prentice. He is at the present time occupied in
the interest of Herbert Trimiller. He acted as
foreman with nearly all his employers, and is re-
garded as a very competent man to have in
authority.

December 7, 1875, Mr. Bischler was married
to Margaret Kotz, who was born July 16, 1858.
Her father was Bartholomew Kotz, who died Au-
gust 8, 1879, at the age of forty-eight years. His
wife was born October 2, 1827, and they were



ALFRED RASMUSSEN. c. R. RASMUSSEN.



711



married August 8, 1852. Their children were
five in number. Margaret,born September 3,1853,
married Matthew Scheets, and her children were
named: Maggie, Matthew and Joseph. Of Bern-
hard, the next in order of birth, extended men-
tion is made elsewhere in this volume. Michael,
born October 6, 1856, died July 5, 1876. Mar-
garet is the wife of the man whose name heads
this article. Cecelia died at the age of three



years. Mrs. Kotz married for her second husband
Christian Baer, in June, 1881. He died August
28, 1889.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Bischler are as
follows: Annie Mary Josephine, born March 8,
1877; William Henry, May 23, 1878; John
Bertram, March 28, 1880; Joseph, who died at
the age of four weeks; Theodore, born March
23, 1884.



ALFRED RASMUSSEN.



<3| LFRED RASMUSSEN. Born in Lolland,
LJ Denmark, October 20, 1869, Mr. Rasmussen
/ I is one of his many compatriots who have
won success in Chicago through industry, hon-
esty and grit. His father, Rasmus Hansen, was
a workman, and still lives in his native land, en-
joying a hale, serene old age. His mother,
whose maiden name was Maria Niel, is also liv-
ing, to minister to the husband of her youth.
Nine children were born to them, all of whom
are still living. Alfred was the fifth in order of
birth.

Mr. Rasmussen attended the Danish common
schools until he was fourteen and after leaving
school began life on a farm. At twenty years he
tired of the routine life, as full of toil as it was



destitute of excitement, and determined to try
life in Chicago, where numbers of his country-
men had already succeeded. He reached this city
in 1889, and for eight years worked patiently
and faithfully at any honest labor that presented
itself to him. In 1897, a favorable opportunity
offering, he embarked in the retail wine and
liquor business, at No. 2802 Milwaukee Avenue,
and there he has since remained, conducting a
prosperous establishment.

He is a member of the Independent Order of
Foresters, Maplewood Ix>dge No. 71, and of the
Danish Sharpshooters, a club which meets on
West North Avenue. His neighbors hold him
in regard, and his prospects of advancement are
bright.



CHRISTIAN R. RASMUSSEN.



EHRISTIAN REINERT RASMUSSEN. The
late C. R. Rasmussen was a native of Nor-
way, having been born near Flekkefjord,
April 5, 1840. He was naturally fond of study



and early determined to become an instructor.
Having passed through the grammar and higher
grades required in his native country, he was
authorized to teach when he reached the age of



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W. C. F. PETERSEN.



seventeen years, and followed this calling until
lie immigrated to America, in 1864. His objec-
tive point, on reaching this country, was Chicago,
but he did not long remain here, being attracted
by the copper mines in the Lake Superior region.
He did not remain long, however, in that section,
soon returning to Chicago, where he began busi-
ness as a builder and contractor.

He erected many buildings in various parts of
the city, among them being four for Martin Olsen,
at the corner of Potomac and Oakley Avenues.

Mr. Rasmussen had an extensive acquaintance,
not only in Chicago, but also throughout the
Northwest, and numbered many prominent men
among his friends. Few men were more highly
esteemed by those who knew him. Honesty and
fidelity were among his chief characteristics and
his word was known to be as good as his bond.

He was a member of the Norwegian Old Set-
tlers' Society, in which he cherished a deep
interest, and in whose work he took an active



part, having served as one of its directors and as
president. In politics he was a strong Repub-



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