John Knutzen, Sr., who has met with gratifying success as a farmer, owns two hundred and forty acres of good
land on section 22, Cedar township. A native of Iowa, his birth occurred in Clinton county on the 4th of March,
1873, and he is a son of Hans and Anna (Tietj ens) Knutzen, both of whom were born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
The father came to the United States when a young man of twenty eight years and the mother came in her girlhood.
They were married in Iowa, where they lived for some time, but in 1883 came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and settled
in Cedar township, where the father purchased land, paying therefor ten dollars per acre. After devoting a number
of years to the development and operation of his place he removed to another farm which he owned seven miles east
of his first place. He resided there for several years and then purchased the farm on which our subject now lives,
on section 22, Cedar township, and there he resided until called by death in 1911. The mother passed away many
years ago, dying when fifty two years old. They were the parents of four children but three died in infancy.
John Knutzen, Sr., gained his education in the common schools and also received valuable training in agricultural
work during his boyhood and youth as he began assisting his father as soon as large enough. With the passing of
the years he assumed more and more of the responsibility of the operation of the home farm and after his father's
demise it came into his possession. He follows general farming and is prompt and energetic in his work, planting
his crops in good season and cultivating them thoroughly. He also manages the business phase of farming well and
is now one of the substantial men of his community. He owns two hundred and forty acres of excellent land, on which
are two sets of good buildings.
In August, 1895, Mr. Knutzen was united in marriage to Miss Alvina Jensen, by whom he has six children, Henry,
Albert, Rhoda, Reinhold, Harry and Lillie.
Mr. Knutzen is independent in the exercise of his right of franchise and keeps well informed as to the questions
and issues of the day which come up for settlement. He served as road supervisor for five years and made an excellent
record in that office. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church, in which he has served as
a member of important committees. He has resided in this county for almost three decades and the fact that those
who have known him intimately since boyhood are his stanchest friends is evidence of his genuine worth.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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