Biographical Sketch of
Nels Mickelson contractor and concrete manufacturer of Austin was born in Denmark, October 18, 1865, son of August and Mary (Jensen) Mickelson,
natives of Denmark, where they lived and died, the father passing away in 1878 and the mother in 1902. Nels received some schooling in Denmark, and came to America in 1886, locating six months later in Rochester, Minn. Then, after three years there, he took a trip west though the mountains of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. Then he returned, and after a year in Rochester came, in 1892, to Austin, where for a time he followed his trade as a bricklayer, also doing some contracting.
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In 1904 he started in the cement business, with a fine plant on River Street, where he manufactures cement tiles and blocks. He also owns a fine home and ten acres of land on South Kenwood street.
Mr. Michelson is a Republican in politics, attends the Lutheran Church, affiliates with the Masonic order, and belongs to the M.W.A. and the Danish Brotherhood.
He was married November 30, 1892, to Julia Johnson of Rochester, and this union has been blessed with seven children: Emma, Harold, Eda, Meta, Ervin, Paul, and Esther, all of whom are at home.
[ "History of Mower County" - 1911 ]
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery.
Listed as “Mickelsen” in the biography section.
Transcribed by and photo submitted by Kathy Pike. (10/06)