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1 M Wren M. Nicholson 1

         Born: 1889 - , , Missouri
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2 M Don C. Nicholson 1

         Born: 1893 - , , Missouri
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William Pender and Elizabeth Nicholson




Husband William Pender 2 3

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         Died: 2 Jul 1960 - , Hood River, Oregon
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     Marriage: 1940 - , Hood River, Oregon




Wife Elizabeth Nicholson 2 3

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Herbert G. Nicholson and Mary Dell Phillips




Husband Herbert G. Nicholson 4 5 6

         Born: 10 Sep 1933 - Near Calumet, Oklahoma
         Died: 1 Jun 2007 - Big Rapids, Michigan
       Buried:  - Pine Plains Cemetery, Big Rapids, Michigan


       Father: Dexter Nicholson
       Mother: Ethel Graham


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Wife Mary Dell Phillips

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1 F Angela Nicholson

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2 M Gregory Nicholson

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Hood River News Obituary, July 11, 2007
Herbert ‘Herb’ Nicholson
Herbert G. “Herb” Nicholson, 73, of Big Rapids, Mich., passed away Saturday, June 1, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1933, near Calumet, Okla., to Dexter and Ethel (Graham) Nicholson.
Herb was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. He was a sergeant during the Korean War, working as an airplane technician and crew chief on the legendary B-29s.
He married Mary Dell Phillips on Sept. 10, 1952. Together they made their home throughout the United States. Herb earned his bachelors degree at Fresno State University in California, his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee and worked toward his doctorate at Oregon State University.
Herb spent his working life in education as a teacher and administrator. He accepted a position at Ferris State University and moved to Big Rapids in 1986. He retired as program director for heavy equipment technology in 1998.
Herbert was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Big Rapids.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary, of Big Rapids; his daughter, Angela, of Salt Lake City, Utah; his son, Gregory Nicholson, of Big Rapids; five grandchildren: Christy Chambers and Sara (Mike) AhYou, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, Adam (Tiffany) Chambers, of Grand Rapids, and Kira and Kendra Nicholson, of Big Rapids; two great-grandchildren, Trent Chambers and Leolani AhYou; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Herb was preceded in death by one sister and six brothers, all of whom served in World War II.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Big Rapids, with the Rev. Bobby Dale Whitlock officiating. Interment was at Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids. The family greeted friends on the evening of June 4 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Hospice of Michigan or FCE Mecosta County Relay for Life.
Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com <http://www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com/index.cfm>
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Paul Edward or Chuck Nicholson and Lois Romaine Rodgers




Husband Paul Edward or Chuck Nicholson 7

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     Marriage: 1937 - Phoenix, Arizona




Wife Lois Romaine Rodgers 7 8

         Born: 12 Apr 1912 - Oakwood, Texas
         Died: 9 Mar 2005 - Hillsboro, Oregon
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       Father: James Clyde Rodgers 7
       Mother: Pearl Dalton 7





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1 F Linda L. Nicholson

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2 M Lyle Nicholson

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3 M Paul Nicholson

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16 March 2005 Hood River News

Lois Nicholson Lois Romaine Nicholson, 92, died in Hillsboro, Ore., on March 9, 2005.
Lois was born to Pearl Dalton Rodgers and James Clyde Rodgers on April 12, 1912, in Oakwood, Texas. She and her family, which included brothers Lenuel and J.B. and sister Opalm, moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1928. In 1937 she married Paul Edward (Chuck) Nicholson, in Phoenix. They welcomed their daughter Linda and sons Lyle and Paul into their family.
During World War II they moved to Seattle, Wash., where Chuck worked in a naval shipyard. They eventually settled in Hemet, Calif., where Lois kept the books for Chuck’s radiator repair business. After Chuck’s death in 1972 she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to care for her mother until her mother’s death in 1977.
She then moved to Hood River, to be near her daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Jim Gentry. In Hood River Lois continued helping others by taking friends to the store or doctor’s appointments. She was also involved in the women’s Bible study group at First Baptist Church.
She moved to Sisters, Ore., in 1997 to live with Jim and Linda Gentry. They all moved to Hillsboro in 2001. A devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she kept many mementos and records of the activities of her family. She loved watching birds and raising flowers, and her green thumb was evident in the many plants which flourished in her home. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and relished the challenge of playing games with her family.
Her daughter, Linda, son, Lyle, and his wife, Celelia, and son, Paul, and his wife, May Lois, survive Lois. She is also survived by granddaughters Lorinda Hoffman, her husband, Don and children Andrew and Joanna Hoffman; Lorraine Heerwagen, her husband Brian, and children Lindsey, Lorie and Lacie Heerwagen; Grace Duckworth, her husband, Ron, and daughter, Natalie, and her grandchildren Angela, Bradley, and Charles Nicholson, and grandchildren Jacob and Amy Nicholson. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and son-in-law Jim Gentry. A memorial service was held on March 11 at First Baptist Church in Hood River.
Those wishing to make a contribution in her memory may contribute to Hospice of Washington County, 427 S.E. 8th ave., Hillsboro, OR 97123.
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Salzer and Catherine Nickelsen




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Wife Catherine Nickelsen 10

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       Father: Peter Nickelsen 10 11 12
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Christian D. Nickelsen and Gertrude M. Rigby




Husband Christian D. Nickelsen 3 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

         Born: 1870 - , , Germany orIsle of Fuhr
         Died: 18 Sep 1946 - , Hood River, Oregon
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       Father: Martin Henry Nickelsen 3 10 11 12 19 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
       Mother: Inge Rorden 3 11 12 23 24 25 29 30 31


     Marriage: 13 Jun 1893 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon

 Other Spouse: Martha Ellen Barnes 3 11 15 20 22 32 - 23 Dec 1898 - Antelope, Oregon




Wife Gertrude M. Rigby 18 22 33 34 35

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       Father: Rev. Jesse W. Rigby 2 18 34 36 37 38 39 40 41
       Mother: Julia A. Case 34 35 36 42





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1 F Viola Margaret Nickelsen 3 15 43 44 45

         Born: 1894 - , , Oregon
         Died: 19 Feb 1916 - , Hood River, Oregon
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2 F Gertrude Ethel Nickelsen 2 15 17 22 43 46 47 48 49 50

         Born: 25 Jan 1896 - , , Oregon
         Died: 13 Jan 1989 - Bend, Deschutes, Oregon
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       Spouse: Raymond E. Johnson 2 43 48 49




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The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., September 20, 1946, page 1 Includes portrait NICKELSEN LONG ACTIVE IN THIS COUNTY Played Prominent Part In War Financing Death, following a brief illness, ended the many activities of County Judge Christian D. Nickelsen, Wednesday of this week. Last week end he developed pneumonia and on Monday word came that his condition was critical. When members of the family were called, friends realized that the end was not far away. “Chris” Nickelsen, as he was known to friends, was born on the island of Fohr, off the coast of Denmark and came to the United States with his mother and brother, John R., in 1878, when he was seven years of age, to join his father, Martin, who had preceded them in the Atlantic crossing and had established himself at Marysville, Calif. Shortly afterwards, the family traveled by boat up to Portland, and went to The Dalles, where Martin H. Nickelsen established himself as a blacksmith. The family moved to Hood River in 1882, where Chris went to school. In 1892 he married Gertrude Rigby, who died in 1896, leaving him with one daughter, Gertrude. Two years later, he married Mattie Barnes, who survives him. To this union were born four daughters and a son, and three of the daughters are still living. Chris Nickelsen had a wide range of interests in this county. He at one time played a leading part in the development of irrigation in this area, as one of the contractors who built a large section of the first irrigation ditch. He organized the first band here, members of which, for a long period, wore Indian garb. He was one of the first members of the Port commission, and ran for Congress on the Republican ticket, with backing of the Townsend clubs of Oregon. In 1938, he was elected county judge and held this office till his death. He was also owner of the Merchants Credit Exchange for many years. He entered newspaper work as editor of the former Glacier and was, for a time, editor and part owner of the Hood River News in the earlier years of this century. For a long time he has been a member of the public land committee of the Association of Oregon counties, and one of his last activities in that connection appeared in the form of an analysis in last week’s News. Two of many residents he was best known for his work as a member of the county war finance committee, and in the interests of financing the recent war he played a prominent part in the many programs which carried Hood River county to the top, in nation and state, in its participation in the various war-financing campaigns. He was one of twelve residents of this county to be awarded the Silver medal of the Treasury department, and one of 11 county members to wear the emblem of the Million Dollar club for his war efforts. Chris Nickelsen was a Mason, a member of Knights of Pythias and the Grange. For years he operated his cherry ranch just south of town and was one of the first growers to install an orchard sprinkling system in the valley, with excellent results. He is survived by his widow, Mattie, four daughters, Mrs. Vernita Towne, Sacramento; Mrs. Ver Lene Wright, Hood River; Mrs. Genevra Green, Laguna Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Gertrude Johnson, of Bend, Ore.; and a son Lowell, Hood River. A brother, John R. Nickelsen, of Portland; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Bullard, Gold Beach, and Mrs. Ida Frohn, of Hood River, also survive him. Day and time of funeral services had not been decided upon when the News went to press yesterday.

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The Hood River County Sun, Hood River, OR., October 27, 1934, page 4 "Pioneers of the Hood River Valley…"
CHRIS NICKELSEN
A few miles off the western coast of Denmark lies the wind-swept little island of Fohr (pronounced "fur"). Some seven miles square, it is protected from the North Sea by a dike 75 feet high and 150 feet wide at the base, that completely surrounds it. Its inhabitants are peace-loving, industrious and frugal Danes, but Fohr has long been a possession of Germany. Long ago there lived on Fohr a young farmer and blacksmith named Martin Nickelsen. He and his wife, whose maiden name had been Inge Rorden, had been born there, has had their parents, and so on as far back as anyone can remember. Like all his neighbors, Nickelsen's house was of red brick, with a straw-thatched roof, tile floors, and the beds built against the wall. The house had six rooms, and like the brick barn nearby, was kept immaculate by Inge Nickelsen, a good Danish housewife. When not blacksmithing, Nickelsen raised the fine rye that retains a height of eight feet height in Friesian Islands. Besides being made into flour, the rye straw made excellent fuel. Other pursuits were fishing and the capture of wild ducks and geese by the use of trained decoys. Foul and feathers were shipped to Hamburg markets, and provided Fohr with a major portion of its income. A thorn in the side of Fohr was its domination by Prussia. Martin Nickelsen had gone so far as to slip one dark night with some comrades into a German military camp, and toss their stacked rifles into the sea. But in 1871, just after the Franco-Prussian War, he was called to serve his three-year period of military service. Nickelsen was strongly opposed to war, but especially Prussian wars, and he avoided conscription by simply saying good-bye to his wife and two-year-old son, John, and sailing for America. Shortly after he left, on July 3, 1871, a second son was born to the Nickelsens, and was named Christian by his mother. Martin Nickelsen meanwhile established himself in California, awaiting the time when he could bring his family to the new country. He opened a blacksmith shop in Marysville, situated in the upper part of the Sacramento Valley. The day came in 1878, when the money arrived from the father to pay the passage for the family. Mrs. Nickelsen had the two children sailed from Hamburg on an old windjammer, out of the North Sea into the Atlantic, then south, south, around stormy Cape Horn, then north to San Francisco, a 14,000 mile voyage that took over three months. Chris was seven years old at that time. His strongest memories of the journey was the food. This consisted almost solely of lentil soup, which was brought to the passengers three times a day in buckets. Martinet Nickelsen was at the San Francisco wharf to joyfully meet his family and take them to Marysville. It was, of course, the first time he had seen Chris. They were there only a short time. A brother of Nickelsen's had come to the United States in the '60s, and settled at The Dalles, and it was decided to join with him. The Nickelsens once again went to sea, this time to Portland, and from there traveled up the Columbia River to The Dalles by the "Mountain Queen." At The Dalles of the elder Nickelsen found employment in the railway shops. In the summer of 1881, when Chris was 10, he and a companion, William Potter, secured a couple of Indian cayuse horses and rowed bareback to the settlement of the Hood River. There he spent the summer season working on what was then known as the Potter Homestead in the Belmont district, earning enough to pay for his cayuse Returning to The Dalles in September to enter the public school, he persuaded his mother, whose health had not been good, to move to what was regarded as the more salubrious climate of Hood River. In 1882, Mrs. Nickelsen did so, taking with her the two sons, and she lived there until the time of her death. Martin Nickelsen remained at his job in The Dalles for several years, then he to came to Hood River, making the family united once more. He purchased land, built a home, and opened a blacksmith shop in Belmont. Three daughters were born to the Nickelsens in Oregon, all of them living in the state today. Mrs. Ida Frohn lives on 12th Street in Hood River. Rosa, Mrs. Ike Nealeigh, is married to an Oregon City real estate man. Margaret, Mrs. W.E. Bullard, is the wife of a Gold Beach druggist. Brother John has retired, and is now living at Cannon Beach, aged 68. He owns considerable Hood River property. In Hood River, Chris completed his public school education in the old Court House, then the city's school. Later he was a student at both Spokane University and Portland University. On June 13, 1892, Chris Nickelsen was married to Gertrude Rigby, the daughter of a pioneer Methodist preacher. Miss Rigby had been born in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 14, 1872. The couple had two children, Viola, who is no longer living, and Gertrude. The latter is the wife of Dr. Joseph Johnson of Bend. The first Mrs. Nickelsen died in 1896 and on December 23, 1898, Nickelsen married Mattie Barnes, who had been born in Prineville on September 8, 1870, and was a daughter of the noted criminal lawyer, George W. Barnes. Four daughters and a son were born of this union, all but one, Ollie Ver, living. Vesnita is Mrs. Frank Towne of San Pedro, Calif. Ver Lene lives in Bend. Ginevra is married to Gordon Green, manager of the American Fruit Co. at Bend, and Lowell Nickelsen has a farm in the Hood River Valley. Chris Nickelsen has worked in a very wide range of activities in Hood River. He was one of the contractors who constructed a large section of the first irrigation ditch in the valley, now the Farmer's Irrigation Co. ditch. He has served as a secretary of the Hood River Commercial Club. Nickelsen was for two years editor of the Hood River Glacier and for a time was part owner and editor of the Hood River News. During those years he wrote many features stories for Portland and Seattle papers. He was a member of the first band organized in Hood River, which was over 50 years ago. He is manager of Hood River's Pythian Band today. He is a Mason as well as a Pythian. Chris Nickelsen has been a member of the Hood River Port Commission Sense it was first formed, having been appointed by the late Governor Meier. He has also been very active in the Hood River Townsend Club. Two years ago he campaigned for nomination on the Republican ticket for the position of U.S. Representative for the Second District. Of five nominees, he ran a close second. His time is largely taken up with his work as operator of the Merchants' Credit Exchange in Hood River, in which he furnishes business firms with credit ratings of local residents. Mr. and Mrs. Nickelsen lived today on a small ranch one and a half miles south of Hood River. Here Nickelsen has one of the finest cherry orchards in the valley, one that is entirely irrigated by a power sprinkling system. He rises at dawn each morning, works on the farm for three or four hours, then put in a full day at the office, to return home to work outdoors until dark. He gives credit for his excellent health to this vigorous life.
R.S.


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The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., June 3, 1893, page 3
A WEDDING
Rev. and Mrs. Jesse W. Rigby invite their many friends to be present at the marriage of their daughter Gertie, with Christian D. Nickelsen, Tuesday evening, June 13th at 8 o'clock at Belmont M.E. church, three miles southwest of Hood River, Or.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., June 17, 1893, page 3 "Married"
At Belmont church, Tuesday evening, June 12th, Christian D. Nickelsen to Miss Gertie Rigsby. Rev. J.W. Rigsby, father of the bride, performed the ceremony.
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Wyss and Marie or Maria Nickelsen




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Martin Henry Nickelsen and Inge Rorden




Husband Martin Henry Nickelsen 3 10 11 12 19 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

         Born: 8 or 18 Mar 1848 - Dumoski, Island of Fohr, , Germany
         Died: 21 or 22 Dec 1924 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon
       Buried:  - Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River, Oregon


       Father: Peter Nickelsen 10 11 12
       Mother: Christina Petersen 13


     Marriage: 22 Oct 1867 - , , Germany




Wife Inge Rorden 3 11 12 23 24 25 29 30 31

         Born: 16 May 1850 - Dumoski, Island of Fohr, , Germany
         Died: 15 Apr 1922 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon
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       Father: Nickels F. Rorden 12 29
       Mother: Regina Olufs 29





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1 M John R. Nickelsen 11 12 19 22 26 29 51 52 53 54

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       Spouse: Amelia or Minnie E. Blowers 11 51 52 53 55
         Marr: 9 Apr 1893 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon



2 M Christian D. Nickelsen 3 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

         Born: 1870 - , , Germany orIsle of Fuhr
         Died: 18 Sep 1946 - , Hood River, Oregon
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       Spouse: Gertrude M. Rigby 18 22 33 34 35
         Marr: 13 Jun 1893 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon
       Spouse: Martha Ellen Barnes 3 11 15 20 22 32
         Marr: 23 Dec 1898 - Antelope, Oregon



3 F Rose Sophia Nickelsen 11 12 18 29 48 56

         Born: Sep 1877 - , , California
         Died: 18 Nov 1941 - , Clackamas, Oregon
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       Spouse: Ila or Ike C. Nealeigh 11 12 18 29 48 56 57 58
         Marr: 3 Oct 1892 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon



4 F Ida Marie Nickelsen 3 11 12 22 23 25 29 59 60 61

         Born: Jul 1879 - , , Oregon
         Died: 15 Jan 1957 - , Hood River, Oregon
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       Spouse: Antoine or Anton George Frohn 3 11 19 25 29 49 59 60 61 62 63
         Marr: 3 Jul 1901 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon



5 F Margaret Leona Nickelsen 2 11 12 22 23 29 39 62

         Born: 1 Sep 1889 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon
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       Spouse: William Ellsworth Bullard 2 11 39 61
         Marr: 13 Jun 1915 - , Hood River, Oregon




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The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., December 25, 1924, page 1 M.H. NICKELSEN’S FUNERAL YESTERDAY Pioneer families of Hood River crowded Riverside church yesterday afternoon at to pay their last respects to Martin H. Nickelsen, who figured prominently in the civic and industrial upbuilding of the community. Aged 76, Mr. Nickelsen that was a native of the isle of Fohr. In young manhood he married Miss Inga Rorden, who passed away early in 1922. At the time of the Franco-Prussian war Mr. Nickelsen came to America, leaving his family to follow later. He settled in San Francisco. Mrs. Nickelsen crossed the Atlantic and the continent with her two small sons, one seven and the other five. The latter the father had not seen until his arrival in California. The family came north to Oregon. They settled at The Dalles, where Mr. Nickelsen was chief blacksmith for the O.R. & N. Co. for 10 years. They then moved to a homestead near Mosier, remaining there for a time until they came to Hood River Valley 42 years ago. In 1885 Mr. Nickelsen built the first house in the Barrett district. H.M. Isenberg now lives there. In 1891 he established a general store in Hood River on the site where the Kresse Drug Co. is now located. The city of Hood River was incorporated and Mr. Nickelsen became its first treasurer. A library was established and he was made the first librarian. Sturdy in character, honest in transaction, careful and business, he was sought by the people for positions of trust. That was why he was school clerk for 10 years in the Frankton district and 17 years in Hood River. That was why he was for many years secretary of the Farmers’ Irrigating Co. Indeed, in his days of his store-keeping, before the city had banks, he was given the savings of townspeople and intrusted with the special funds of organizations. Mr. Nickelsen is survived by the following children: Senator J.R. Nickelsen, C.D. Nickelsen, Mrs. A.G. Frohn, all of Hood River; Mrs. Rose Nealeigh, of Oregon City, and Mrs. William Bullard, of Ione. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. W.N. Byars. Interment followed at Idlewilde cemetery. Mr. Nickelsen was a member of the Knights of Pythias and A.O.U.W. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Mary Wyss, of The Dalles. ------------------------------------ The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., December 25, 1924, page 2 MARTIN H. NICKELSEN Another of the Hood River valley pioneers has gone -- Martin H. Nickelsen. For more than a year now we have missed Mr. Nickelsen. Annually it was his custom to take the school census of District No. 3. He was always on hand at school elections. For some 25 years Mr. Nickelsen had been school clerk. He was meticulous in the keeping of his records. Mr. Nickelsen in the early days of Hood River, before banks were established here, was made the treasurer of various civic and public organizations. Indeed, the early day settlers formed the habit of making him their banker in a way. He was a kind of public trustee. His habits of scrupulously keeping his records and his inherent honesty gave all those who came in contact with him an abiding faith in him. A quiet man, not given to self-praised, Mr. Nickelsen had passed from the days of his prime on into the evening time of life and the people around him did not realize the service he had been to the community. He was for many years secretary of the Farmers’ Irrigating Co. In many ways he was associated with the upbuilding of the Hood River community. Godfearing and honest, Mr. Nickelsen was, naturally, at his best in the atmosphere of home life. He loved his garden. The loving companionship that existed between him and his wife was an inspiration to those who knew them. Mrs. Nickelsen passed on some three years ago. Wintertime chores and the garden work of summer months and his clerical duties were never the same day after her going, and we cannot help but feel that Mr. Nickelsen was ready for the great adevnture. -------------------------------------- The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., December 26, 1924, page 1 FAMILIAR SCHOOL FIGURE PASSES Death on Monday removed from local school circles one of its oldest and most familiar figures, M.H. Nickelsen who, until illness forced his retirement last summer, had successfully held the post of school clerk more years than any man in Oregon. Funeral services were read over the body on Wednesday at the M.E. church, by Rev. W.N. Byars and before a large number of the many friends of the kindly old man who had so faithfully carried out his duties for the long term of 27 years. Interment was at Idlewilde, C.C. Anderson having charge of the funeral arrangements. Martin H. Nickelsen was born on the Island of Fohr, on March 8, 1848, and was therefore of Danish origin. In young manhood he married Miss Inge Rorden. At the time of the Franco-Prussian struggle, he came to the United States and settled at San Francisco, where he was later joined by his wife and two boys, John and Chris, both of whom are now heads of families in this county. Later the family moved to The Dalles and, after living at Mosier, took up residence at Hood River. Their first home here was the house at the Barrett now occupied by Marsh Isenberg. In 1891, he established a general store on the corner where Kresse’s drug store now stands. Following the incorporation of Hood River as a city, Mr. Nickelsen was first treasurer, and he was also the first librarian in this town. Of an extremely fine disposition he made a friend of practically every man and woman with whom he came into contact and there are many men and women, long since gone from Hood River, who will read of his passing in the sense that they have lost an old valued friend. Following the death of his wife more than two years ago, Mr. Nickelsen began to show the burden of his years and heart trouble added to his cares and forced him to give up the post he had held so long. His record in Hood River is one that will long survive him, for it was one of honesty dealing and fine character. In addition to his two sons, C.D. and John R. Nickelsen, three daughters survive: Mrs. Rose Nealeigh, of Oregon City, Mrs. Ida Frohn, of Hood River and Mrs. Margaret Bullard, of Ione.

An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, WA. 1905, page 273
MARTIN H. NICKELSEN owns and operates a fruit farm on Belmont street about two miles out from Hood River. It is one of the finest places on the street and has been brought by Mr. Nickelsen to a high state of cultivation and is very productive. In the little Island of Fohr in the North Sea, on March 8, 1848, occurred the birth of Martin H. Nickelsen. At that time the island was owned half by Denmark and half by Germany. It is but a small piece of land containing from thirty to fifty square miles and has a population of over five thousand. Our subject's father was Peter Nichelsen, a native of Schleswig. Martin was educated in the public schools and then learned the blacksmith trade which he followed until 1871, the year in which he came to the United States. He first settled in California and operated a shop for five years then came to The Dalles in 1879, and worked for the O.R. & N. railway. In 1884 he bought twenty acres on Belmont street where his family resided and he opened a shop. Later he gave up work in his shop and came to his farm which he cultivated for two years and then sold. The place is now owned by Robert Jones. Mr. Nickelsen then moved into town and engaged in the mercantile business for six years after which he sold out and bought his present place of fifteen acres. He raises the usual varieties of fruit and has made a good success of his labors. On October 22, 1867, in Germany, Mr. Nickelsen married Miss Inge Rorden, who was born in the same island as her husband. It is interesting to note that the island contains eighteen villages and is very busy and full of enterprise. Mrs. Nickelsen's father, Nickels Rorden, was born in the island as also was her mother, Regina (Olufs) Rorden. They are both now deceased. Mr. Nickelsen has one brother, Ingwert C., and three sisters, Marie Wyss, Dorethea, and Catherine. Mrs. Nickelsen has two brothers, Frederick and George and one sister, Nandina Bruhn. Mr. Nickelsen is a member of the K. of P. and of the A.O.U.W. He has held the chairs in these lodges and has been a delegate to the grand lodge. Politically, he is a good stanch Republican and has been school director for years. He was the first treasurer of Hood River. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Nickelsen, namely; John R., a blacksmith of Hood River; Christian D., a farmer near Hood River; Rosa S., wife of Ila Nealiegh, one mile south from our subject; Ida, wife of Antoine Frohm, one mile west and foreman in a lumber yard; and Margaret, a school girl, at home. Mr. and Mrs. Nickelsen are very genial and kindly people, having hosts of friends throughout the country. They have labored wisely and well here, have a nice place and have raised a very interesting family.

History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon. Compiled by Mrs. D.M. Coon
MARTIN H. NICKELSEN AND FAMILY 1884
Martin Nickelsen was born March 18, 1848, on the island of Fohr, in the North Sea. The island was owned jointly by Denmark and Germany and contained from thirty to fifty square miles. His father was Peter Nickelsen, of Schleeswig. Martin was educated in the public schools and then learned the blacksmith's trade. On October 22, 1867, he married Miss Inge Rorden who was also a native of the island of Fohr. In 1871 the family came to the United States locating in California where, for five years he operated a blacksmith shop. The family moved to The Dalles, Oregon, in 1879 where he worked for the O.R.N. Co. In 1884 he came to Hood River, purchasing twenty acres near Belmont. The family lived on this tract and Mr. Nickelsen improved the land at the some time running a blacksmith shop. After a number of years spent on the farm they moved into the town of Hood River and engaged in the mercantile business being assisted by his two sons. They continued in that business for six years. Mr. Nickelsen was the first treasurer of the town of Hood. River and served the school district as clerk for thirty years. Faithful and reliable in small matters he was absolutely trustworthy in large ones. Mr. and Mrs. Nickelsen were the parents of five children: John R. who became a first class blacksmith and operated a shop for many years in the town of Hood River. Was sent to State Senate and filed other positions of trust and honor. He married Minnie Blowers and they have three sons, Donald, a world war veteran and a physician of note, and the twins, Ted and Ned, Christian D. a farmer, with an interesting family. Rose, now Mrs. Nealiegh, Mrs. Ida ~ Frohn and Mrs. Margaret Bullard. Mr. Nickelsen was an active member of the Knights of Pythias and of the A.O.U.W. Mrs. Nickelsen had one brother, George Rorden who was a resident of Hood River for many years. Mrs. Nickelsen passed away in


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The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., April 21, 1922, page 1 MRS. H.H. NICKELSEN, PIONEER, PASSES The many friends of the family were grieved to learn on Saturday morning of the death of Mrs. M.H. Nickelsen, which took place after several weeks of illness at the home on 12th St., at the age of 71 years. Mrs. Nickelsen was born Inge Rorden, on May 16, 1850 on Fohr Island, Schleswig-Holstein. Here she spent the years until she was married to M.H. Nickelsen on October 3, 1867. Shortly after their marriage, M.H. Nickelsen, emigrated to the United States and settled in California, where he was joined by Mrs. Nickelsen and her two sons. After her arrival, the family took up residence at The Dalles, and 40 forty years ago came to Hood River, where they had since resided. The funeral service was held on Monday afternoon at the Asbury M.E. church, at which Rev. G. Sykes and Rev. W.P. Kirk officiated, the remains being afterwards laid to rest in the K.P. cemetery. As a remark of respect to the deceased lady and the family, a very large number of residents were at the church. In the early days of Hood River, Mrs. Nickelsen made for herself a splendid reputation by ministering to the sick and needy, especially in the Belmont district, and the good deeds she performed have remained in the memory of many. On one occasion she waded through nearly four feet of snow to bring a babe into the world at midnight, and in many other ways she endeared herself to the community in which she lived. Mrs. Nickelsen is survived by the following sons and daughters: Senator J.R. Nickelsen, C.D. Nickelsen and Mrs. T.G. Frohn, all of Hood River; Mrs. W.T. Bullard, of Ione, and Mrs. Rosa S. Nealiegh, of Oregon City. Seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. ------------------------------------- The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., April 20, 1922, page 2 MRS. M.H. NICKELSEN’S FUNERAL MONDAY Death came to Mrs. M.H. Nickelsen early Saturday morning. Mrs. Nickelsen had been seriously ill with riot trouble for several weeks. A native of Schleswig-Holstein, as is her surviving husband, Mrs. Nickelsen, had she lived, would have been 72 years in May. Mr. and Mrs. Nickelsen lived at The Dalles when they first came to the mid-Columbia. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Asbury Methodist church, the pastor, Rev. Gabriel Sykes, and Rev. W.P. Kirk, pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, officiating. Interment followed at the Knights of Pythias cemetery. C.C. Anderson conducted the funeral. Mrs. Nickelsen is survived by the following sons and daughters: Senator J.R. Nickelsen, C.D. Nickelsen and Mrs. T.G. Frohn, of Hood River; Mrs. W.E. Bullard, of Ione, and Mrs. Rosa S. Nealeigh, of Oregon City. Seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive. Mrs. M.H. Nickelsen, whose maiden name was Inge Rorden, was born May 16, 1850 on the island of Fohr, in the North Sea, where she was married to M.H. Nickelsen October 3, 1867. A few years after their marriage, Mr. Nickelsen came to America and settled in California, and was followed a few years later by Mrs. Nickelsen who made the trip across the Atlantic alone with her two sons, joining her husband in California, and shortly after her arrival in the west, Mr. and Mrs. Nickelsen came to Oregon, residing at The Dalles for a number of years, and about 40 years ago came to Hood River, where they had since resided. In the early days of Hood River, when it was difficult to secure the services of a physician, the deceased was very active in rendering service to all in need in the community where she lived, which is now known as the Belmont district. Her memoranda show where she was called at midnight on a New Years eve to assist a young mother, and to render services in this case it was necessary for her to walk one-half mile in nearly four feet of snow, but she went. One of the dominant ambitions in the life of the deceased was to render service to others, and project the spirit of helpfulness into the lives of the needy. The injunction and assurance that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” found practical exemplification in the life of Mrs. Nickelsen, in her home and community life. The deceased cultivated a passionate love for flowers, children, and her church life. She was a charter member of the first Methodist society organized in Hood River valley; a member of the W.C.T.U.; Woman’s Relief Corps and Degree of Honor Protective Association, woman’s auxiliary of the order of the United Workmen. Mrs. Nickelsen was a true mother, faithful friend and consistent Christian.
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Peter Nickelsen and Christina Petersen




Husband Peter Nickelsen 10 11 12

         Born:  - Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Wife Christina Petersen 13

         Born:  - Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Children
1 M Ingwert C. Nickelsen 10

         Born: 20 Jan 1842 - Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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       Spouse: Josine Fredden 13
         Marr: 30 Aug 1872 - , , Germany



2 M Martin Henry Nickelsen 3 10 11 12 19 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

         Born: 8 or 18 Mar 1848 - Dumoski, Island of Fohr, , Germany
         Died: 21 or 22 Dec 1924 - Hood River, Hood River, Oregon
       Buried:  - Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River, Oregon
       Spouse: Inge Rorden 3 11 12 23 24 25 29 30 31
         Marr: 22 Oct 1867 - , , Germany



3 F Marie or Maria Nickelsen 10

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       Spouse: Wyss



4 F Dorethea Nickelsen 10

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       Spouse: Brothersen



5 F Catherine Nickelsen 10

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       Spouse: Salzer




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Lawrence E. Wright and Verlene or VerLane N. Nickelsen




Husband Lawrence E. Wright

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Wife Verlene or VerLane N. Nickelsen

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       Father: Christian D. Nickelsen 3 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
       Mother: Martha Ellen Barnes 3 11 15 20 22 32





Children
1 M Donald Lawrence Wright

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32 Ibid, 12 Nov 1959.

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