"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Kristensen, Matt proprietor of a large garage in Rhinelander, which he conducts in connection with a sporting goods business, was born in Denmark, Aug. 19, 1887. In the following year he was brought to this country, by his father, who settled in Kenosha, Wis. In that city, when old enough, he attended public school up to the age of 13 years. By that time circumstances made it necessary for him to earn his own living, and instead of seeking a job as office boy or grocer's clerk, he resolved to try his luck in an independent business career. Not many boys would have succeeded in such a task, and that Mr. KRISTENSEN did, is proof that he possessed qualities of industry, perseverance, self-reliance, and adaptability to circumstance beyond his years. Coming to Rhinelander, he started in the bicycle repair business. His progress at first was necessarily slow, but he never came to a full stop, and as his character for ability and reliability became better known, he secured more trade and branched out into additional lines. By 1910 he was able to build his present large garage, a fine concrete and fire-proof building, 40 x 100 feet in ground dimensions, and reaching from South Pelham Street to South Stevens. It faces on the latter street, the lot number being 132. Mr. KRISTENSEN employs from three to five expert mechanics, and in the store that he operates in connection with his garage he handles a full and complete line of sporting goods. He also owns a farm at Sugar Camp, Oneida County, of 140 acres, and another in Forest County of 80 acres - a very creditable showing in view of his early history and the difficulties he has had to conquer. Ten years after he had established himself in business here, Mr. KRISTENSEN was united in marriage, Oct. 6, 1910, to Nettie JUSTESON, of Wausau, Wis. He and his wife have one child, Orvil Comet, who was born in 1911. Mr. and Mrs. KRISTENSEN attend the Congregational Church. They have a nice residence at No. 140 South Pelham Street.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 633; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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