Biography of Niels Iversen
Arena Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Niels Iversen, Whose portrait will be found in this work, is a native of Denmark, born April 6, 1830. He acquired a common school education in the Danish language, and at the age of sixteen became a sailor before the mast on Danish coasting vessels; soon however changing into the English merchant service in the Mediterranean Sea, and finally sailed for California from Scotland, arriving in San. Francisco in June 1853. With that readiness to adapt himself to circumstances which distinguished the early pioneers, he worked at whatever he could find to do during that summer, and in the fall went to the mines at Sonora, Tuolumne county, where he followed mining until the spring of 1854 with varying success. He then returned to San Francisco, where he remained engaged in the coopering business until 1856, when the old passion for the sea, together with the promise of high freights induced him to purchase a sailing vessel, the Rincon Point. He afterwards built the schooners Charlotte and Golden Rule in which, and other vessels he sailed, engaged in the bay and coast trade from 1856 to 1863. In the latter year he returned to his native land and married Kristina Iversen. Returning to California in 1865 he settled in Mendocino county and engaged in merchandising at Point Arena, which business together with that of conducting a meat market he continued till 1873. In this year he again visited Europe and his native home, taking his family with him. On his return to Point Arena he resumed the butchering business. In 1870 became the owner of the hotel property known as the Point Arena House, but leased it to other parties till 1876 when he became the landlord and has continued in that business ever since. In 1878 he was appointed Supervisor of his county which office he filled for two years. He has filled the office of school trustee of his school district for ten or twelve years. Mr. Iversen is liberal, public spirited, thoroughly imbued with a love for Republican form of government, ever ready to contribute to the promotion of anything calculated to advance the interests of his section, and is a living example of what may be accomplished by untiring energy and perseverance. His living children are: George W., born July 4, 1864; Anna M., born July 28, 1866; Elsie M., born August 31, 1868; Charles M., born February 28, 1871; Iver Masten, born Decem her 27, 1876.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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