Biography of Thomas Lorenzen
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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 period.

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.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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