Jacob Mortenson Jacob Mortenson  ‎(I18965)‎
Nachname: Mortenson
Vornamen: Jacob

Geschlecht: männlichmännlich
      

Geburt: 15. September 1847 Ingstrup
Tod: 25. Mai 1924 ‎(Alter 76)‎ Pasadena
Persönliche Fakten und Details
Geburt 15. September 1847 Ingstrup

Heirat Ida Ernestine Mueller - 18. Dezember 1888 ‎(Alter 41)‎ Wausau

Heirat Margaret Davis - Fayette

Tod 25. Mai 1924 ‎(Alter 76)‎ Pasadena

Universelle ID-Nummer 8E1865A7181D0A4BBA7DFC790049D20B0EB9
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Familie der Eltern  (F8064)
Peter Nielson Mortenson
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Maren Jacobsdotter
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Jacob Mortenson
1847 - 1924
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Eigene Familie  (F8059)
Ida Ernestine Mueller
1867 -
Katherine Maren Mortenson
1890 - 1935
Charles Nielsen Mortenson
1891 -

Eigene Familie  (F8063)
Margaret Davis
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Harold Davis Mortenson
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A Family History, Researched & Written by Nancy May de l’Arbre, 1991:

"One of 15 children born to Peter Nielson and Maren Jacobsdotter, a well-to-do farm family, living near the treeless, wind-swept coast of the North Sea. At age 19, having completed his Danish public schooling, he left for America, arriving in the year 1866.

For a year he worked in the forests near Manistee, Michigan. Then, realizing the need for further education, he moved to Union Grove, Wisconsin, to attend school, concentrating on spoken English and mathematics. To support himself while studying, he worked on a farm. Next he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he did general work for a banker. During this period he learned the valuable skill of telegraphy. This led in 1872 to the position of telegraph operator and stationmaster at Highland, Kansas, and the next year to a similar job in Fayette m, Missouri. It was while stationmaster at Fayette, watching trains roll by loaded with lumber, that the thought occurred to him of starting a retail lumber business on vacant land next to the station. It was his first business venture, and the project prospered, enabling him during the next eight years to gain a thorough knowledge of how the lumber industry worked.

In 1883 he bought an interest in McDonald Lumber Company of Kansas City and moved to Wausau, Wisconsin, to manage its shipping department. In 1887 he bought out the interests of the company in Wausau and began a wholesale lumber business under his own name. From then on his fortunes increased manyfold and he went on to become one of the great names in the lumber industry.

An article in the American Lumberman dated Dec. 1900, describes Jacob Mortenson thus: “With a square forehead rising above calm ‎(blue)‎ eyes, with a modest manner which would almost be shy were it not for the evident self-reliance back of it, with a face of patient strength and the very evident composure of a sound mind in a sound body, such is Jacob Mortenson.

“From the lowly position of a poor emigrant boy without social position, wealth, or influence, he has risen through his own efforts alone to be the controlling head of many important interests. But that for which he deserves the greatest praise is the fact that he did not reach his position by keeping someone else down. The other fellow was at all times given a fair deal.”

He was a deeply religious man, and he believed in giving generously of his wealth to help others. His family was always in his thoughts. He bought his brothers Peter and James over from Denmark and gave them employment in his lumberyard at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He made it possible for Peter’s daughter, Frances, to spend four years at the University of Nebraska, and when he died after her first year, his widow Ida, honored his commitment. Ida later provided the funds necessary for Frances to earn her Masters Degree in Nutrition at the University of Iowa.

Another sister he helped was Christina Schumaker, daughter of his sister Maren, who also came to America. “Stena,” as she was known, had seven children, the youngest born after the death of her husband William at a railroad crossing. Jacob held mortgages on her two farms at Big Springs, Nebraska, and directed in his will that they not be collected. Such was his patriarchal sense of responsibility and generosity.

Jacob Mortenson never forgot his days as an immigrant. He felt great compassion for impoverished young men in strange cities, and the YMCA of Wausau, Wisconsin and Oak Park, Ill. Received large capital gifts from him.

Jacob Mortenson married twice. He met his first wife Margaret Davis while living in Fayette. They had one son, Harold Davis Mortenson. Then within a few years, Margaret died and Jacob remained single until he moved to Wausau, Wisconsin. There he met Ida Ernestine Mueller, whom he married on Dec. 18, 1888, when he was 40 and she about 20.

Ida Mueller’s parents were both German, having emigrated separately to upper Michigan in their early twenties. Her father, Carl ‎(Charles)‎, was born in Schwelm, Westphalia, Prussia on July 16, 1839, the son of Hermann Henry and Amelia Langewiesche Mueller. He was an educated young man with a commercial college background, but when faced with being drafted into the Prussian army, he chose to leave his job and his landed family and go to America, landing in New York in 1859. He went to Houghton, Michigan, where he had a cousin. Unable to speak English, he had to take a common laborer’s job in the Pennsylvania mine at Eagle Harbour. It was here that he met Anna Katherine Keidel, who was living at the time ‎(and possibly working)‎ in the home of the mine superintendent.

Charles was 21 when the Civil War broke out, and he hastened to enlist in Company F, First Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He participated in numerous engagements and was finally felled at the battle of Shepherdstown, not by a bullet, but by a double inguinal hernia. Carried from the field unconscious, he was hospitalized at David’s Island, New York, and after three weeks honorably discharged for disability. A year later he was serving under a captain’s commission as a recruiting officer in upper Michigan. During this time he was married to Anna Keidel on March 3, 1864, at Eagle Harbour, Michigan.

Thereafter he worked at a number of occupations, and in 1872 was admitted to the bar, serving seven terms as City Attorney of Wausau, two terms as District Attorney of Marathon County, and Justice of the Peace from 1887 to 1895.

The Muellers had two children: Herman, who drowned in the Wisconsin River at the age of 9 on July 6, 1873, and Ida Ernestine, who married Jacob Mortenson.

The Mortensons continued to live in Wausau for a number of years, and their first two children were born there, Katherine Maren on June 18, 1890, and Charles Nielsen on January 24, 1891. After that they moved to Oak Park, Illinois, to a large three-story Victorian house at 175 Euclid Ave."

Peter Nielson Mortenson:

"Jacob Mortenson’s life was one of the great success stories of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the good he dispersed during his lifetime touched many lives. The author’s father described him as “One of the finest men who ever lived."

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Mutter
#1
Jacob Mortenson ‎(I18965)‎
Geburt 15. September 1847 Ingstrup
Tod 25. Mai 1924 ‎(Alter 76)‎ Pasadena
#2
Schwester
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Bruder
#4
Bruder
Familie mit Ida Ernestine Mueller
Jacob Mortenson ‎(I18965)‎
Geburt 15. September 1847 Ingstrup
Tod 25. Mai 1924 ‎(Alter 76)‎ Pasadena
19 Jahre
Ehefrau
 
Ida Ernestine Mueller ‎(I18966)‎
Geburt um 1867 27

Heirat: 18. Dezember 1888 -- Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
18 Monate
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Tochter
Katherine Maren Mortenson ‎(I18947)‎
Geburt 18. Juni 1890 42 23 Wausau
Tod 13. Mai 1935 ‎(Alter 44)‎ London
7 Monate
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Sohn
Charles Nielsen Mortenson ‎(I18974)‎
Geburt 24. Januar 1891 43 24 Wausau
Familie mit Margaret Davis
Jacob Mortenson ‎(I18965)‎
Geburt 15. September 1847 Ingstrup
Tod 25. Mai 1924 ‎(Alter 76)‎ Pasadena
Ehefrau

Heirat:   -- Fayette, Missouri, USA
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