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half a century well known among business men
in his own line of trade. He has retired from
active business, spending his declining years in
a retirement and rest richly earned by a busy and
useful life. He did good service as a soldier in
. the war of 1864, and is held in high esteem in
the city of his birth. He married Octavia Ha-
geiisen, also born in Copenhagen, who is de-
scending life's hill with the husband of her
youth. Nine children were born to them, all of
whom are yet living.

O. F. Selvig is the third of this large family,
and its only representative in the United States.
He received a good rudimentary and business
education in the schools of his native city, and at
the age of eighteen years began his commercial
experience as a clerk and book-keeper for a Co-
penhagen firm, serving an apprenticeship of four
and one-half years. For two years he was a

policeman in the Danish capital, but finally re-
solved to emigrate to a land where there was
promise of wider opportunities.

He landed at New York in 1890, and proceeded
at once from the seaboard to the western metrop-
olis. On reaching Chicago his first situation was
in the saloon of J. C. Hansen, now a resident of
Quincy, Illinois. He remained in Mr. Hansen's
employ about six years and then opened a saloon
of his own at No. 483 Thirty-seventh Street. He
began business for himself in February, 1898,
and still remains at his original location. At
the outset he had a partner, Albert Marbaker,
whose interest in the business Mr. Selvig pur-
chased January i, 1899.

Since that date he has conducted the business
alone, and his success may be justly attributed to
his own unaided efforts. He is a prominent
member of the Walhalla Society and of the Dan-
ish Brotherhood, and well known and deservedly
popular among his fellow-citizens, both natural-
ized and native born.

He married Johanna Hansen in 1888, at Co-



penhagen, the city of her birth. Five children
have blessed this union, one of whom died in
infancy. The eldest of the four yet living, Ida
Octavia, first opened her eyes at Copenhagen.

The three younger were born in this country,
Jes Marinus, Gerthy Hansine and Violet Johanna
A., being the names of the children born in


C. JORGENSEN is the sixth of a
I V I family of eleven children born to Jurgen
It) I Christensen, in Langeland, Denmark, of
whom all grew to maturity. Ten are yet living
and eight are residents of the United States. The
father of this large family was well known and
highly esteemed throughout the neighborhood
where he was born. He did gallant service as a
soldier in the army of Denmark during the war
between that country and Germany in 1864, and
was a man of remarkable mechanical ability,
being well skilled in two essentially manly trades
blacksmithing and marble cutting. He emi-
grated from Denmark to Chicago in 1892, and
died here four years later, at the ripe old age of
sixty-eight years.

Marius C. Jorgensen first opened his eyes on
September i, 1862. Until he was fourteen years
old he attended school, and for the five years fol-

lowing worked as a farm laborer. In 1881 he
followed where so many of his earnest, stalwart
countrymen had already led the way, and turned
his face toward the western world. For two
years he remained in Chicago, when, feeling dis-
satisfied, he returned to Europe, only to come
back to Chicago in 1883. On his return he en-
tered the employ of P. D. Armour & Company,
as a machinist, and has remained with that firm
ever since.

January 14, 1888, he was married at Chicago,
to Augusta Shmith, a native of Schleswig-Hol-
stein. They have been blessed with four chil-
dren Christina, Emma, Waldemar and Roy.
He* is a member of the order of Walhalla, and of
the Danish Brotherhood. Formerly he was con-
nected with other societies, but found his time so
thoroughly occupied with business and other cares
that he has abandoned his membership in them.


EARL LUNDBERG, the fourth son and
youngest child of Olof Johnson, of Kalman,
Sweden, was born in that town on May 20,
1868. Mr. Johnson was a building contractor,
and a man of some prominence in his native land,

where he yet resides, at the age of seventy-two
years, having retired from business to enjoy a
well earned rest. Mr. Lundberg's mother was
Anna Gustofson, who is also yet living.

Of Carl Lundberg's six brothers and sisters,



two (sisters) are residents of Chicago, two live in
Sweden, and two are deceased. He received a
rudimentary education in the public schools, and,
when he had reached the age of fifteen years,
went to work for his father at a carpenter's
bench. After two years thus spent he left
Sweden for Chicago, where he found work as a
carpenter for three years, and, during the last
year, put up buildings, which he sold.

In 1889 he formed a copertnership with his
brother, Gustave Lundberg, to conduct a real
estate business. The firm was successful, but
the death of Gustav, in 1895, left Mr. Carl Lund-
berg to manage the business alone. He also
does a general insurance business and is a notary
public, having been commissioned by Governor
Altgeld. He has met with great success, but can
contemplate his steady upward progress with the

proud thought that he has been the architect ot
his own fortune.

He is of a genial, social disposition, and a
member of various orders and societies, among
which may be named the following: John Erick-
son Lodge No. 361, Independent Order Odd Fel-
lows, being one of the charter members and for
six years its treasurer; King Oscar Lodge No.
855, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; the
Scandinavian Iduna sick benefit society; Me-
chanics' Tent, Knights of the Maccabees; the
North American Union, and the Englewood
Building and Loan Association, of which he is a
director. In politics he is an ardent and active
Republican, taking a deep interest in his party's
success and working hard to promote it. He
has never been an aspirant for office, but in 1896
was elected Supervisor of the Town of Lake.


PETER JOHANSEN. The life and
| / business success of Mr. Johansen affords an
|/) illustration of what may be accomplished
by earnest effort and unflinching courage.

He was born March 7, 1866, at Bjerreby, in
Tasinge, Denmark, the son of a blacksmith named
Andreas Johansen, whose sturdy biceps and keen
eye are still at his command in the conduct of his
shop in his native place. His mother was Anna
Sophia Hansen, and she is also still living in the
land which gave her birth. From her marriage
were born nine children, six of whom are yet
living. Of this large progeny (rarely known in
the annals of our American homes) Niels P.
Johansen was the first born.

Mr. Johansen' s life was much the same as that
of the boys with whom he attended school. In
fact, it may be said to have been almost the regu-

lation life of the Danish youth; namely, school
until fourteen to sixteen years of age, and after
that labor, either on the farm or at a trade. He
left school when fourteen, and for four years fol-
lowing served an apprentice as a blacksmith.
Dissatisfied with the prospects which he saw be-
fore him at home, he determined on a new depart-
ure, and the year 1887 saw him a freshly arrived
emigrant at the port of New York. His first
permanent stopping place after leaving the sea
board was Clinton, Iowa. There and at other
points in that state he spent some two and one-
half years. In 1890, however, he made up his
mind to venture success or failure in Chicago;
he came hither, and of the success or failure of
the venture the succeeding narrative will speak.
One year after coming to Chicago in 1891
he started in business for himself, at No. 3757


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State Street. After eight months he moved to
No. 3159 Cottage Grove Avenue, and May i,
1898, he opened an establishment at No. 341
Wabash Avenue, whence he removed the next
year across the alley to the rear of No. 349 State
Street. Here he carried on a business, chiefly
in the line of repairs, which has brought him a
fair income for the simple yet obvious reason

that honest effort always commands a reward of
its own.

While a loyal American citizen, Mr. Johansen
has not forgotten the land of his birth in respect
of the fraternal societies with which he has con-
nected himself, being an active member of the
Walhalla Society, in which so many of his coun-
trymen are enrolled.


r^ the firm of Clausen & Company, is the
| youngest of a family of seven children born
to Lars H. Stone and his wife, Maria Jorgensen,
at Sollested, on the island of Lolland, Denmark.
Both parents are deceased, the father dying at
the age of about eighty years, and his mother at
about sixty-seven; both rest in their native land.
Of their large family all but one are yet living;
and of the six who survive, Fred L. is the only
one residing in this country.

He came into the world February 7, 1865,
attended the common and high schools of his
birthplace until he was fourteen years old; and
afterwards learned the dairy business, his father

being a farmer. He first touched American soil
in 1884, coming at once from the seaboard to
Chicago. For a little more than nine years he
was employed as a coachman; and in the spring
of 1894 formed a partnership with Claus J. Clau-
sen to conduct the sprinkling business, in which
he is still interested.

Mr. Stone was married, in 1890, to Miss Caro-
line Jorgensen, a native of Denmark, but resi-
dent of Chicago. Two children Paulina and
Harry have blessed their union. Mr. Stone is
a member of the Walhalla Society, and is well
known and highly esteemed in the section of the
city in which he resides. His place of business
is at No. 8 1 Twenty-second Street.


on the peninsula of Jutland, Denmark, Oc-
tober 31, 1854. His father, Svend Larsen
Bernth, was a shoe-maker, and died at his home

in Jutland, at the age of seventy-two years. His
wife, who bore him seventeen children, and is
yet living, was named Caroline Jensen. She has
reached her seventy-third year, but is still hale



and well preserved. Twelve of her offspring,
six sons and six daughters, are still living to pay
her filial reverence. Of these five have found
homes in America. A daughter, Berentine, is
the wife of Carl Rasmussen, a carpenter, whose
home is at No. 502 West Erie Street, Chicago; and
three sons are in Nebraska.

Christian L. is the fourth in order of birth.
His educational advantages in boyhood were con-
fined to attendance upon the public schools until
he reached the age of fourteen years, and then
he began to learn the trade of a shoemaker. His
legal apprenticeship was passed in the shop of his
father; and after becoming a journeyman, at the
age of nineteen years, he found employment as
opportunity or inclination dictated. For eleven
years he was employed in one of the suburbs of
Copenhagen, and in 1892 he emigrated.

On his arrival on American shores he at once

started to Chicago, where so many of his coun-
trymen and countrywomen had already found
homes and happiness. For a time he supported
himself by a casual employment at any line
of work he chanced to have presented to him, but
in 1894 he opened a modest shop of his own, at
the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Thirty-
seventh Street. For five years he remained there,
and in 1899 removed to his present location, at
No. 3646 Wentworth Avenue.

In 1878, at Copenhagen, he married Caroline
Nielson, who was born in Sweden. Four of their
six children were born at Copenhagen, and two
in Chicago. Their names are, in order of birth,
as follows: Fatma, Vanda, Viola, Vargenie, Al-
bert and Carl. Mr. Bernth is a member of the
Walhalla and Danish Socialist Societies. He is
widely known and most highly esteemed by those
who know him best.


j ARS POULSEN. The father of Mr. Poul-

1 1 sen, Christen Christensen, was a native of

12 the village of Buchel, Schleswig-Holstein,
Denmark, as was also his mother, whose maiden
name was Margaret Petersen. His father was a
man of not a little prominence in the community.
He was an expert accountant, by profession, and
was the leader and manager of a Danish colony
which settled in Kansas in 1867. He died in
that State in the vigor of his manhood, having
scarcely passed the age of fifty years. His wife
followed him to America in 1881, and passed
away some fifteen years later, after reaching her
seventy-second birthday.

Lars Poulsen is one of a family of nine children
born to them, seven of whom grew to be men
and women and are still living. He himself is
the third child and second son, and first opened

his eyes May 21, 1851. The first sixteen years
of his life were spent in Schleswig-Holstein, in
the common schools of which province he received
his early education.

In 1867 he crossed the water, and at once took
up his residence in Cook County, Illinois. For
two months he worked upon a farm, and then
began business as a peddler. That pursuit he
followed five years, and then learned the cabinet-
maker's trade. In this he was engaged eighteen
years, and during most of the time on his own
account. He was located at different points in
the South Division of the city, employing from
four to twelve men, as business proved more or
less brisk.

In 1888 he went to Oakland, California, where
he was engaged in the same line of trade for a
period of six years. While on the Pacific slope



he familiarized himself with the cigar business,
which he conducted successfully for a few years.
In 1898 he returned to Chicago, and began man-
ufacturing cigars. He has brought to the busi-
ness the same energy, push and perseverance
that have characterized him since boyhood, and
it is unnecessary to say he has succeeded. His

factory is at No. 4036 Armour Avenue, and his
especial brands are well known to the trade and
smokers. While in California he became a
member of the Society Dania, with which he is
still connected. He is a Freethinker; is inde-
pendent of party control in political matters, and
believes thoroughly in socialism.


(] OHN PETERSEN HOLDT is one of thoee
I citizens of Scandinavian birth, whose career
(/ reflects credit alike upon the land of their
nativity and on the country of their adoption.
He was born in Baulund, Schlwig, Denmark,
August 28, 1865. His father, Niels Holdt, was
born in Kalgaar, in the same province, and his
mother, Marie Thomark, was a native of Baulund.
Both parents are now living in Chicago, at No.
38 1 6 Aldine Court. John P. Holdt is their fourth
child and eldest son, all of their six children
being yet alive and prosperous. His boyhood
and youth were passed in his native land, and his
early educational advantages were limited to an
attendance upon the public schools until he
reached the age of fourteen years.

After leaving school he began working on a

farm, which occupation he followed until 1891,
when he bade adieu to the scenes and associa-
tions of his youth, to seek better fortune in a
foreign land and among people of a strange
tongue. Immediately upon landing on American
shores he turned his face toward the west and set
out for Chicago, which has ever since been his
home. Before emigrating, however, in 1890, he
married Margaretta Christiansen, a damsel of his
own native village, whom he had known since
childhood. Three children have blessed their
union Mattie, Niels and Marie. The two
younger were born in Chicago. Since his arrival
here Mr. Holdt has been a member of the Wal-
halla Society, in which he takes a lively interest.
His home is at No. 3013 Prairie Avenue, and he
is engaged in expressing and janitor work.


IV^ATTHEW FLEMING was born in the

lYI Parish of Latin, County Tipperary, Ire-

\(y\ land, September 4, 1829, and is the son of

James and Honora (Nash) Fleming, both of

whom sprang from old and respected families, and
lived and died in Ireland. Matthew Fleming
has a good education, which he received in a
private school and in the high schools which he



attended until* eighteen years of age. He came
to America in 1850, making the ocean voyage
from Liverpool to New York in thirty days. In
the latter city he spent a period of two years,
part of the time as an employe in a chair fac-

In September, 1852, became to Chicago, and
was employed as a laborer for five years. He
was elected constable in 1857, an< i served con-
tinuously twenty-seven years. He always took
a lively interest in public affairs aud was active
in support of the Democratic party. He was at
one time a candidate for alderman of the Seventh
Ward, but was not seated, though he and his
friends think that he would have been if the vote s
had been fairly counted.

Mr. Fleming invested his savings in real estate
and has become wealthy. He has occasionally
dealt in real estate as a speculation and is still
doing a little business in that line. He was an

early settler on the West Side, having located on
Liberty Street in 1854. I n l8 9 he erected the
building on Twelfth Street, near Homan Avenue,
in which he now resides.

In December, 1849, Mr. Fleming married Miss
Bridget O'Brien, a native of the same town as
himself. They have six children as follows:
Clarence, a brick mason; Norah, wife of John
Duffy, a baker of Chicago; Mary; James, a mem-
ber of the Board of Assessors; John, a member of
one of the city fire companies.; and Thomas, who
is engaged in the dry goods business. The fam-
ily is connected with St. Agatha's Roman
Catholic Church.

Industry has its reward, and as continual drop-
ping wears away a stone, so continued saving
produces a fortune. Mr. Fleming is one of those
industrious pioneers of the West Side who from
small beginning have built it up to its present
condition of wealth and prosperity.


|LE RASMUSSEN first saw the light on
July 8, 1853, in Jutland, Denmark. His
father was Rasmus Rasmussen, and his
mother Annie Christensen. The elder Rasmus-
sen was a laborer. He was born in 1814, served
during the war of 1848, and died at the age of
sixty-five years. He and his wife were the par-
ents of two sons and two daughters, all of whom
are living and married.

Ole was the firstborn. During his early man-
hood he was a farmer in his native country, and
at the age of twenty-eight years left Denmark to
seek his fortune in America. He landed in 1881,
and at once set out for the West. After a stop
of a fortnight at Fowler, Indiana, he proceeded
to Chicago. For the first year he worked as a
laborer on a railroad, and his next employment

was with W. R. Martin, a dealer in flour, feed
and coal, whose place of business was on Thirty-
fifth Street. He remained with Mr. Martin five
years, when he bought the necessary equipment
and began business on his own account as a
teamster. At first he had but one team, but from
this modest beginning his business has steadily
grown, its development being the result of his
unwearied industry, his tireless energy, his pru-
dence and his integrity. He now has several
teams in almost constant use, and in 1898 he
added to his business the sale of coal and wood.
At this time he opened his present office at No.
342 Root Street.

The same year in which he left Denmark
(1881) he married Mary Larsen, who had been
reared in the same neighborhood with himself.



Mr. and Mrs. Rasmussen have had three chil-
dren: The first died in infancy, and those living
are named Emma and Christina. All were born
in Chicago.

Mr. Rasmussen has been a member of the
Walhalla Society twelve years, and has many

friends among the Danish colony in Chicago, as
well as among business men generally. He is
regarded as a man to be trusted in all the rela-
tions of life, and his patient, yet successful, up-
building of his own success is proof positive of
his native strength and perseverance.


a young man of scarcely more than twenty-
one years, Mr. Kirchhoff is wide-awake and
progressive, and has already displayed, in an
eminent degree, those traits of moral character,
as well as the qualities of mind, which are the
salient characteristics of the successful man.

He was born March 30, 1878, in Ley den
Township, this county, and in the memoir of his
father, Henry Kirchhoff, may be found an ac-
count of his family antecedents and relations.
After obtaining a good foundation of general ed-
ucation in the grammar schools he pursued his
studies for two years at the Metropolitan Busi-
ness College, where he became thoroughly
grounded in those branches of knowledge which
are pre-eminently necessary to a business man.

Among these was stenography, and for the first
eight months after leaving the Metropolitan he
was employed as stenographer for the Monthly
Bulletin of the National Wool Growers' Associa-
tion, whose headquarters were at No. 4166 South
Halsted Street. From the office of the "Bulletin,"
he went into the employ of Lemley & Schultz,
manufacturers of machinery and special tools, at
Nos. 31-33 Indiana Street, where he yet remains.
He was christened in the faith of the German
Evangelical Church, and united with Saint John's
Church, of that denomination at Addison, Du
Page County, and is still connected with that
body. He is also an active member of the Cen-
tral Branch of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation of Chicago, and of Franklin Park Council
No. 107, Royal League.


of George A. and Dorothy (Seimann)
Boesenberg, was born at Chicago, January
24, 1853. (A biographical sketch of Mr. Boesen-
berg, Senior, may be found on another page. ) His

early education was of a character well calculated
to fit him for the career of a practical business
man, while at the same time inculcating the prin-
ciples of a sound and enlightened morality. It
was obtained at the parish school of St. Peter's

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Lutheran Church and at the Washington public
school, being completed by a course at Bryant &
Stratton's Business College. His first business
experience was as a grocer's clerk, a position
which he filled for seven years. At the end of
that time he opened a grocery of his own at No.
279 West Chicago Avenue, which he sold in two
years, to engage in the real estate and insurance
business. He opened an office at the corner of
North Ashland Avenue and Toll Place, where
he is still located. He has, however, discon-
tinued dealing in real estate, and devotes his en-
tire attention to insurance. He has been a mem-
ber and director of the Home Mutual Loan As-
sociation since its organization, in 1884, and its
second president, having filled the last named
position from 1890 to 1892. On the expiration
of his term as president he was chosen secretary,
and has filled that office since. It is not too
much to say that the success of the association is
largely due to Mr. Boesenberg's capable and busi-
ness-like administration of its affairs.

He cast his first vote for the Republican ticket,
and has been a stanch member of that party ever
since. He takes a keen interest, not only in pub-
lic affairs, but yi party politics as well, and has
been an active and influential worker in his
party's ranks. He is a member of Covenant
Lodge, No. 526, Ancient Free and Accepted Ma-
sons; of Goethe Lodge, No. 329, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows; of the Royal League, and
of the North American Union.

He was married November 5, 1876, to Miss
Dorothy Behrens, who was born in Germany.
The issue of this marriage has been five children,
Henry, Walter, Louise, Oscar and Emma.

Mr. Boesenberg is not a member of any church,
but is a man of sterling integrity, with a high
moral standard. He is clear sighted and shrewd,
yet generous and just. His temperament is
genial, his manners courteous and frank, and his
disposition kindly. He easily wins friends
through his presence and address; he retains
them through his capability and worth.


|~) ASMUSS JENSEN. As his name indicates
Y\ Mr. Jensen is a Dane. He is the son of
r\ Torkild and Elizabeth (Larsen) Jensen,

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