Mr. Christianson is a native of Sheboygan, his birth having occurred in that city, July 23, 1871, and he is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Christianson, Sr. The father, who was born in Christiania, Norway, on June 11, 1835. He emigrated to America during the early '50s and settled in Sheboygan. After spending some years in that city he returned to his birthplace where he made his home for a number of years, although he followed the sea as sailor and captain. He afterward returned to Sheboygan and established his home, and at once resumed his chosen occupation, continuing as captain of his boat on the Great Lakes for a period of thirty years, after which he retired to Sheboygan, where he has been a resident for nearly fifty years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Christianson, Sr., ten children were born, eight of whom are still living, as follows: Thomas Christianson, Jr., the subject of this review; Margaret, the wife of August Brieder, resides in Sheboygan; Lyddia, the wife of William Laffin, also resides in Sheboygan; Peter, married, resides at the old homestead in Sheboygan ; John, married, also lives in Sheboygan; Tillie, the wife of August Krueger, lives in Sheboygan; Henry, married, is a resident of Sheboygan; and Minnie, the wife of Charles W. Wilder, a resident of Australia. The mother of this family passed away in 1904.
Thomas Christianson, Jr., received his elementary education in the public schools of Sheboygan and in his fourteenth year entered upon his career as a sailor on the Great Lakes, in which employment he continued for four years. At the end of that time he retired from the Lakes and followed up racing horses, an occupation in which he continued to be interested for a period of twelve years. He has the distinction of having been well known on various racing circuits throughout the northwest and has followed the fortunes of many of the prize winners of the state.
After retiring from racing circles he accepted a position with the Sheboygan Chair Company and to that business continued to devote his time for ten years, after which he was employed for a number of years in the Kohler plant at Riverside, this county.
Mr. Christianson was united in marriage on June 24, 1897, to Miss Tillie Rummerfinger, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rummerfinger, both of whom were natives of Germany. The mother passed away many years ago. To. Mr, and Mrs. Christianson eight children have been born, seven of whom are living. Joseph, Ella and Ray are all residing with their parents at home. Marion, Margaret and Magdeline are triplets, one of whom, Magdeline, died at the age of eight months and ten days. Adelia and Gladys still reside at home with their parents.
Mr. Christianson is one of the well known men in Sheboygan county and has also an extensive acquaintance throughout the entire state of Wisconsin and among his associates and friends he is known to be a man of integrity and trustworthy in the care of any business interest committed to his keeping.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL