Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Christ Pedersen
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



Christ Pedersen, a well-known and well-to-do retired farmer of Springfield township, Cottonwood county, now living at Windom, is a native of the kingdom of Denmark, but has been a resident of the United States since 1878. He was born on January 21, 1846, son of Peter and Dorothy (Hansen) Pedersen, both natives of Denmark, who spent all their lives there, the former dying in 1874 and the latter in 1876. They were the parents of five children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the third in order of birth, the others being as follow: John, deceased; Peter, who died in South America; Jens, who died at the age of twelve years, and Mary, who is still living in her native land. Peter Pedersen was a well-to-do building contractor, and his son, Christ, was given excellent educational advantages. Upon completing his schooling he made a comprehensive tour of Europe, traveling extensively in Russia, England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, and afterward was helpful to his father in the management of the latter's affairs.

In 1878, two years after the death of his mother, Christ Pedersen came to the United States. His first summer in this country was spent in New York City, and then he went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained two years. In his native land he had learned grade surveying and presently he became a grade contractor on railway work in this country, working a force of seventy-five or one hundred men. While thus engaged in Illinois he married in 1885, and later moved to Iowa, where he bought an eighty- acre farm in Clay county and there he made his home until he sold out in 1900 and came to Minnesota, settling in Cottonwood county. He bought a quarter of a section of land in section 14, Springfield township, and there established his home. Presently he bought an eighty-acre tract in section 11 of the same township, and on these farms made considerable improvements, continuing to live there until 1911, in which year he retired from the active labors of the farm and moved to Windom, where he and his wife are now very pleasantly and comfortably situated. They are members of the Lutheran church and their children were reared in that faith.

On June 26, 1885, at Freeport, Illinois, Christ Pedersen was united in marriage to Ann Nelsen, who was born in Denmark, November 28, 1857, and who had come to the United States when twenty-three years of age, after the death of her parents, and for a time had made her home in New Jersey, later going to Illinois, where she met Mr. Pedersen. To that union have been born six children, namely: Hedwig, who died in 1909, at the age of twenty-three years; Peter, unmarried, who owns a farm in Jackson township; Dorothy, who married Edward Cox, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and has two sons, John and Charles; George William, unmarried, who now lives at Dixon, California; Emma, a student in the Mankato Business College, and Christina, who married B. F. Miller arid now lives at Lincoln, Nebraska.