Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Abraham Janzen
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



In these days of large commercial transactions, when credits cut a large factor in the daily round of business, the province of the banker is very wide and very important. The excellence of the banks of the present compared with those of the past gives to all classes of business men first-class security for their deposits, assistance, when they are in need of ready money to develop their buiness, and a means of exchanging credits that could be accomplished no other way. Abraham Janzen, of Mountain Lake, is one of the enterprising bankers of Cottonwood county.

Mr. Janzen was born in Germany, May 2, 1862, and is a son of Johan and Anna (Thiessen) Janzen, both natives of Germany, in which country they grew to maturity, were married and spent their lives on a farm. Mr. Janzen grew up on the home place, where he worked when a boy, and he received his education in the public schools of Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1884, locating at Mountain Lake, Minnesota, where he has since resided. He first worked in a store and the postoffice, later ran a lumber yard, then became cashier of the First National Bank, soon after its organization and this position he still holds.

Mr. Janzen was married in 1889, to Margaret Nickel, of Mountain Lake, and to their union the following children have been born: Abram A., John Alfred, William Henry, Hilda, Rudolf, Erna, Victor, Margaret and Kuno.

Mr. Janzen is a Republican and he has been village recorder and for many years a member of the school board. He belongs to the Mennonite church. He has been one of Mountain Lake's best citizens.

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