Danish family history, Danish colonies, Danish immigrants


Jens Peter Nelsen, was born November 28, 1889 and was married to Gertrude Elizabeth Nelsen on July 14, 1915. They had eight children. He worked on the home farm until the fall of 1911 when he took a job in Ringsted, Iowa, where he learned sheet-metal work. For some years he had his own business, but in the 1920s, as result of poor economic conditions, he took a job in Dennison, Iowa, for about a year. From Dennison he, and his family, moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, for a year before moving to Sioux City, Iowa, where they lived for eleven years. In 1935 Nelsen went to Des Moines and worked with the installation of air conditioning in commercial buildings in that city. In 1936 his family joined him there. He was still residing there in 1971 when he wrote this biographical sketch of his parents.