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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families
(1895)

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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
Brown county, and from its organization
was one of the most active of the vice-
presidents of the State Historical Society
of Wisconsin.
    On July 25, 1837, Judge Martin was
united in marriage, at Green Bay, with
Miss Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Col.
Melancthon Smith, U. S. A., and grand-
(laughter of Judge Melancthon Smith,
who was a delegate from New York, in
Congress, in 1782-84, prior to the period
of the Constitution. To this marriage
were born six children, namely: Leonard
Martin; Annie, who died in j861; Me-
lancthon, deceased in infancy; Sarah,
Morgan L., Jr., and Debbie. Judge
Martin wxas a man of generous impulses,
kindly miauncr, keen wit, fine literary
tastes, and greatly enjoyed the comforts
of his beautiful home in Green B ay,
I Hazelwood, - where he was surrounded
by a loving aud accomplished family. He
died December 1o, 1887.
OHN L. JORGIENSEN, protprietor
     of the largest dry-goods and carpet
     establishiment in northern WViscon-
     sin, the samie )eing located in the
thriving and wide-awake city of Green
Bay, Brown county, is a native of Den-
mark, born of German ancestry May 27,
1849, in the city of Nakskov, Laaland.
    Grandfather Jorgensen (-who spelled
his name "Juergens"), a highly educated
man, resided in Schleswig, where he was
a minister of the Lutheran Church. He
was possessed of great force of character,
interesting himself deeply in the politics
of his country, and, being both pro-
gressive and aggressive, he took an active
part in the revolutionary risings of 1848,
shortly after which he was removed to
Denmark, the language of which country
he spoke fluently.
    J. A. Jorgensen, father of our subject,
 who was one of a family of six children,
 received his education at the public
 schools of Denmark, which was supple-
 mented with a course of study at a
college, his intention at first being to
enter some profession. Preferring, how-
ever, a mercantile career, he prepared
himself for such in some business house
of Nakskov, I)enmark, where he re-
mained, and he has been prominently
and successfully engaged in mercantile
pursuits for the past fifty years or more,
being  now   one of the oldest and
wealthiest merchants in that city, where
he is highly esteemed for his integrity,
and recognized as a man of influence and
ability, and as a leading churchman. He
married Miss Sophia Mortensen, a native
of Denmark, who died in mniddle life, the
mother of one son, John L., the subject
of this sketch.
   John L. Jorgensen receive(d his educa-
tion in his native town, and was reared
to mercantile pursuits. At the age of
sixteen years (in 1865), having decided to
try his fortune in the Newx World, he set
sail from his native land, and after an
uneventful transatlantic voyage landed at
Boston, whence he at once proceeded
westward, arriving at Chicago, a stranger
in a strange land. After a short sojourn
in the metropolis of the West, he set
out for Wisconsin, Neenah, Winnebago
county, being his objective point, and
here attended school for a short time in
order to become conversant with the
English  language.   Securing  now  a
position in Mr. Pettibone's dry-goods
store in Neenah, he remained there a year
and a half, after which he was sent by
Mr. Pettibone to Green Bay, where he
clerked for him a long time in his store
in that city; also was in the employ of
I). Butler & Son for a brief period.
Hav'ing by this time saved some money,
he commenced the dry-goods business
May 27, 1876, at Fort Howard, in part-
nership with A. Gray, of that place, in
which they continued two and one-half
years, when they divided the stock, and
Mr. Jorgensen opened out a similar busi-
ness for his own account in Fort Howard,
commencing on a small scale, with but
two clerks; but he soon found he had to
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