Thomas Lorenzen owns six hundred and eighty five acres of fertile land and formerly engaged in farming on an
extensive scale but is now living retired in Cedar precinct. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, on the 5th of February,
1843, and is a son of Andrea and Christina (Karstensen) Lorenzen, both of whom were born in 1820 of Danish ancestry.
They resided in Schleswig-Holstein until 1865, when they emigrated to the United States, settling in Davenport,
Iowa, whence they removed to Omaha three years later. Not long afterward the father homesteaded land on section
6, Cedar township, Saunders county. From that time until his demise in 1895 he devoted his energies to the operation
of his farm. His wife survived until 1914 and reached the venerable age of ninety six years. They were the parents
of two sons, of whom our subject is the older. His brother Carsten passed away in 1898.
Thomas Lorenzen received the greater part of his education in the public schools of his native land but after accompanying
his parents to the United States he attended school in Davenport, Iowa, for a time. In 1876 he began his independent
career and for a number of years followed the carpenter's trade, which he had learned in Germany. After residing
in Iowa for some years he removed to Saunders county, Nebraska, and homesteaded land, which he placed under cultivation
and on which he erected a good frame house. Subsequently he sold that place for ten dollars per acre. He bought
his present home farm for eight dollars per acre and from time to time has added to his holdings until he now owns
six hundred and eighty five acres of fine land. He has carefully conserved the fertility of the soil, has used
progressive methods and up to date machinery in carrying on the work of the farm and has managed well the business
phase of agriculture and it is but natural that he should halve gained a gratifying success. The buildings upon
the farm are commodious and substantial and everything is kept in excellent condition. In addition to growing grain
he has given considerable attention to the raising of stock and still owns some full blooded shorthorn cattle.
About 1910 he retired from active life and is living in Cedar precinct. He has served as treasurer of the Farmers
Mutual Insurance Company for twenty five years and has been president of the Farmers Elevator Company for a similar
In 1876 occurred the marriage of Mr. Lorenzen and Miss Christina Kiesbv, who was also born in Schleswig-Holstein
and came to the United States in 1871. They have become the parents of four children: Andrew, who resides on the
farm belonging to our subject on section 17, Cedar precinct; Mary, the wife of W. F. Thomsen, who is farming on
section 8, Cedar precinct; Arthur, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits on section 17, Pohocco precinct; and
Dora, at home.
Mr. Lorenzen has cast his ballot in support of the republican party since becoming a naturalized citizen of the
United States and has taken a commendable interest in public affairs. He has served as school treasurer and for
fifteen years was on the election board, his long service in that capacity proving his capability. When he came
to this country he had a very small capital which he had saved from his wages as a carpenter, and for a number
of years it was necessary for him to practice the strictest economy. Not only was he without ready money, but prices
for farm produce were very low, hogs bringing but a dollar and a half per hundred pounds at Fremont, and there
was considerable expense connected with the development of a tract of raw prairie into a farm. As the years passed,
however, his industry and good management were rewarded and he is now independent financially.
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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