Biography of Thomas C. Thomsen
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Thomas Christian Thomsen, the proprietor of the Shimer Creamery of Conroy, is a native of Denmark, born on the 14th of October, 1890, of the marriage of Ole and Maren Kerstine (Nielsen) Thomsen. The father passed away in Denmark and the mother was again married, becoming the wife of Christian Hansen, and they still reside in that country.

Thomas C. Thomsen was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the common and high schools of his native land, his course, however, being equivalent to that of the college student here. After completing his studies he took up the creamery business and for two and one half years studied the science of butter making. In August, 1912, he came to the United States and for the first eight months resided in Michigan but in April, 1913, he came to Conroy and found employment in the Shimer Creamery as a butter maker. Denmark is deservedly famous for the excellence of its dairy products and Mr. Thomsen, who learned his business there, is one of the best butter makers in this part of the state. During the year 1914 he operated the creamery as a renter and on the 1st of January, 1915, he became the owner of the plant. He had purchased it in the December preceding but did not assume possession until the new year. Since he has had charge of the operation of the creamery he has built up the business to a remarkable extent and receives good prices for his product, which he markets in Cedar Rapids.

Mr. Thomsen gives his political allegiance to the socialist party and holds membership in the Lutheran church. He is not only an expert butter maker but is also an excellent business man and under his direction the creamery at Conroy promises to become one of the important industries of that part of Iowa county. He is a valued addition to the citizenship of Conroy and has displayed marked public spirit.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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