Bio:

Nielsen, Hans (History - 1873)

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NIELSEN JENSEN MILLER HAGENDOM

----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

HANS NIELSEN, proprietor of the Favorite Cheese Factory in Hixon Township, is a man who stands high in his line of industry, and is doing a prosperous business. He was born in Tiny, Denmark, Aug. 4, 1873, son of Ludwig and Marion (Jensen) Nielsen and came to the United States with his parents, who first settled at Green Bay, Wis. The father was a shoemaker by trade. In 1895 he and his family came to Clark County, buying a farm in section 28, Hixon Township, on which he made all the improvements. He died in 1909, at the age of 78 years, after a long life of useful activity.

 

His wife passed away in 1911, at the age of 80. Their children were: Marian Christina, Catrina, Jens, Nels, Jorgen, Louise, Hans and Johannas. Of these the only survivors are Jorgen, who lives in Hixon township, Hans, subject of this sketch, and Johannas, who resides in Montana. Hans Nielsen, in 1906, bought a farm of forty acres in section 21, Hixon Township, which he subsequently cleared, as it consisted of wild land. He raised a mixed breed of cattle, milking about eight cows.

 

He had learned the cheese-making business at Neenah, Wis., and later followed it in Sheboygan County, working for E. H. Maas. In the winter of 1913 he attended the dairy school at Madison and during the following summer worked in St. Croix County. Holding a diploma as a licensed cheese-maker, in 19-, he started his present factory, in connection with which he has two acres of land, having disposed of his farm. On starting business here he took in 400 pounds of milk a day, but in 1916 was handling 6,000 pounds. Mr. Nielsen used the whey to make butter, something that all cheesemakers do not do. As this industry is growing throughout the county, his prospects look bright for the future, especially in view of the progress he has already made. Mr. Nielsen is a member of the Danish Lutheran Church at Withee. He was married Dec. 28, 1901, to Carrie Marie Miller, daughter of Jens and Vodel (Hagendom) Miller of Hixon Township. Mrs. Nielsen died Oct. 9, 1906, leaving one child, Jens Torwald, who was born Aug. 25, 1906.

 

 


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