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Fred Jurgensen
Born August 30, 1887


Some of the best business houses have both father and son as partners and such associations have constantly proved desirable, the experience of the elder man fusing well with the energy and enterprise of the younger. The Olin Lumber Company is one of the firms thus constituted, two of its owners being father and son, Hans and Fred Jurgensen. The latter was born in Hale township, August 30, 1887, a son of Hans and Minnie (Peters) Jurgensen. He resided on the farm until the family removed to Olin and the lad had the advantages offered by the town school. His first work was clerking in the store of Mershon & Son, where he secured a good business training. He then went to Cedar Rapids and took a commercial course there, being graduated in 1904. Returning home, he entered the lumber business with his father, the two conducting it as Jurgensen & Son for three years, but when W. D. Hart was admitted to partnership, the name was changed to The Olin Lumber Company, which it still bears.
Mr. Jurgensen married Tessie Chase in December, 1905. She was born in Cedar county, April 17, 1888, and lived with her grandparents until her marriage, as she was an orphan. Mr. and Mrs. Jurgensen have a little daughter, Norma Ellen, born May 30 1909, the darling of her grandfather's heart.
Mr. Jurgensen is justly numbered among the enterprising young business men of Jones county. He understands his business and knows how to conduct it successfully. Much of the active management falls to his share and he is proving his ability to handle large contracts to, the satisfaction of all parties concerned.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 527.

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