Biography of Harold C. Pedersen
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HAROLD CONRAD PEDERSEN - Throughout his interesting career as a manufacturer and an inventor in gold and silver smithing, Harold Conrad Pedersen, both by his practical enterprise and his valuable innovations, has benefited the various concerns with which he has been associated, and has therewith rendered a progressive service to the firm that bears his name. He is one of the leading experts in a trade and a business in which he has engaged throughout the larger part of his active life, and the results of his mechanical ingenuity are everywhere known in the world of invention and utility.

Harold Conrad Pedersen, son of Hans Pedersen, farmer and whaler of Tansberg, Norway, and of Karen (Nelsen) Pedersen, was born March 21, 1878, in Tansberg, Roren, Norway, where he was graduated at a private school. As a boy, he went to work on his father's farm, and then began serving apprenticeship in the blacksmith trade when he was but sixteen years old. After about a year, he decided to learn the machinist's trade, and after serving four years as an apprentice in a machine shop, he continued with that concern four more years during summer months, white in the winter he followed the hazardous and thrilling vocation of the whale fishery in the North Sea.

Coming to the United States, Mr. Pedersen settled in New York City, where he entered the employ of Wood & Chadher, gold and silversmiths, on Twenty first Street, near Broadway, and he remained with that firm two and a half years, this being his first venture upon those activities that were to constitute his vocation. He then accepted a position with Sweetser & Company, at No. 31 West Thirty first Street, New York City, this association continuing four and a half years, and during the following nine years he worked for Seenfinn & Thomas, No. 71 Nassau Street. Mr. Pedersen then entered into partnership with Joseph Frankel (see following biography), and established the present firm of Pedersen & Frankel, gold and silversmiths, in 1919, opening their factory in The Bronx at No. 1060 Stebbins Avenue, where they continue. Mr. Pedersen is the inventor of the cigarette case that is now sold all over the world, with the small tubes in the centre for holding each cigarette, that keeps loose tobacco from falling away from each cigarette, and prevents the cigarette from breaking up. He is a master in his line of work, and a finished, all around mechanic.

Harold Conrad Pedersen married, January 27, 1900, in Tansberg, Norway, Olufine Marie Broberg, daughter of Otto and Marie (Landin) Broberg. Their children are: Ruth Pedersen, born in Tansberg, Norway; Ebba Pedersen, born in The Bronx; Henry Olof Pedersen, also born in The Bronx. He owns the home at No. 833 Panfield Street, The Bronx.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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