Biography of Chris S. Nielsen
Alameda County, CA Biographies





Chris S. Nielsen, who is well known in real estate and insurance circles in Oakland, has had a varied career in different parts of the world, and is a man of wide general information, being a keen observer and a frequent traveler. He was born in Denmark on the 4th of December, 1866, and is a son of N. P. and Mary (Hansen) Sorensen, the former having been a farmer and both died when eighty years of age.

Mr. Nielsen was educated in the public schools of his native land and remained at home until twenty one years of age, when he came to the United States, arriving here September 7, 1887. He was at Fresno, California, for about two years, coming to Oakland in 1889, and engaged in the cement contracting business, particularly in the construction of sidewalks. In June, 1891, he turned his attention to the saloon business, which he carried on until 1898, when he went to the Klondike gold field, where he experienced many hardships in his search for the yellow metal. However, he was fairly successful during the six years that he remained in that territory, and on his return to Oakland, in 1904, engaged in the building and contracting business, which he carried on for several years. He then established a saloon at Twelfth and Franklin streets, later giving his half interest in the place to his partner Peter Olsen, whom he had taken in as a boy and who had accompanied him on his trip to Alaska. In the meantime Mr. Nielsen had taken up the life and fire insurance business, in which he was meeting with success, and about four years ago he also became interested in the real estate business and is still carrying on both lines.

Mr. Nielsen was united in marriage to Miss Nina Eureka Moore, who was born in Placerville, California. He is a stanch republican in his political views, and, fraternally, is a member of the Masonic order, in which he has taken the degrees of both the York and Scottish rites. He also belongs to the Sciots, of which he is a past topack; the Danish Brotherhood and the Dania. Mr. Nielsen is very fond of traveling and has visited all of the European countries and practically every state in the Union. He is a man of broad views and well defined opinions on public questions, has shown a commendable interest in the welfare and progress of his city and county, and in his business affairs is progressive and enterprising. Personally he is genial and friendly and throughout the range of his acquaintance is held in high regard.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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