Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HOLGER JURGENSEN is one of the
younger men of Lincoln county, who has gained a fine competence by his
industry and wisdom manifested during his residence here. He was
born in Denmark on November 5, 1867, being the son of G. T. B. and J. D.
(Prysse) Jurgensen, natives of Denmark and named elsewhere in this volume.
While Holger was still young, he came with his parents to Iowa, thence
to Nebraska and later, in 1884, to the Big Bend country. Owing to
the fact that he left his native country when too young to attend school
and lived on the frontier where there were no opportunities to attend school
he never gained but eighteen months of educational training. Being
a young man of energy and determination, Mr. Jurgensen decided to secure
an education through his own personal efforts. He has succeeded admirably
well, making himself proficient in the ordinary branches of study and becoming,
master of the English language. In so doing, he has acquired a taste
for the best literature and has become familiar with the writings of the
best authors. Mr. Jurgesen remained with his father until twenty-two
years of age then began life for himself. At that time he purchased
six hundred acres of raw land which he has brought to a high state of cultivation
and improved in fine shape. The estate produces an annual dividend
which makes Mr. Jurgesen one of the wealthy men of this vicinity.
On June 25, 1901, Mr. Jurgensen married Miss
Gunheld, daughter of Gunder and Martha (Foetene) Felland, natives of Norway.
Mrs. Jurgensen was born on October 31, 1871. Mr. Jurgensen
is a man of uprightness and has won the esteem of all who know him.
In the summer of 1904, Mr. Jurgensen was nominated on the Democratic ticket
to represent his district in the state legislature.