EKKARD V. ERIKSEN
Ekkard V. Eriksen, manager of the Richfield oil station at Weed, is one of this community’s most highly respected residents, being a man of high character, marked business ability and pleasing personality. He was born at Bjornsholm, Logstor, Denmark, on the 14th of April, 1901, and is a son of Jens and Adele (Tradsborg) Eriksen. His father was the holder of an estate of some nine hundred acres which had been in the family for many generations, dating back to 1152. To him and his wife were born eleven children, all of whom still reside in Denmark excepting Ekkard V.
The latter received a good education, having completed the public school course and graduated from the University of Denmark after four years’ work. During the World War he went to England, being at that time seventeen years of age, and spent sixteen months in the British cavalry. He did not see active service, having entered too late, and was honorably discharged in December, 1919. He returned to his own country, where he remained until March 29, 1920, when he immigrated to America. Locating first in Montreal, Canada, he was employed at various lines of work, and then went to Oak Lake, Manitoba, Canada, where he remained about four months. In 1921 he came to the United States, locating at Davenport, Iowa, where he spent about nine months. He returned to Canada for six months, and then again went to Davenport, where he lived for two years, during which period he was employed in a creamery. He next made his way to North Dakota, thence to Montana and to Saskatchewan, Canada, where he stayed a short time, going from there back to Montana. In 1925 Mr. Eriksen came to California and, locating in Weed, went to work for W. D. Duke, the cattle king, on his big ranch near Gazelle. He was there for four months, after which he went to Scott Valley, where he was engaged in ranching and the stock business for a brief period. He returned to Canada, but came back to Weed in November, 1926, and is now the manager of the Richfield service station and camp grounds, on the main highway through Weed. He has shown marked business qualifications and, by his accommodation, his courtesy and fair dealing, is building up a splendid patronage.
Mr. Eriksen’s religious belief is that of the State Church of Denmark and gives his earnest support to those things which are calculated to promote the community progress and welfare. It is his purpose to present his copy of this history of the Sacramento Valley to the University of Denmark at Copenhagen, of which he is a graduate. He enjoys a wide acquaintance throughout his section of the valley and has won a large circle of loyal friends, who esteem him for his sterling qualities and his friendliness.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 349-350. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.