James Christian Larsen
BORN: May 2, 1874, in Sieby, Hjorring, Denmark
DIED: March 15, 1960, in Estherville, Palo Alto County, Iowa
AGED: 85 years, 10 months
BURIED: St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Walnut Twp., Palo Alto County, Iowa. The grave is marked by a small metal tag.
FATHER: Christen Larsen born 1839, in Albaek, Hjorring, Denmark
MOTHER: Inger Patrea Peterson born November 25, 1832, in Vot, Hjorring, Denmark
MARRIAGE: to Nettie Gieger on March 23, 1910, in Palo Alto County, Iowa.
1. Theodore R. Larsen from a previous marriage by Nettie Gieger
2. Marjorie Larsen from a previous marriage by Nettie Gieger
3. Elsie M. Larsen from his marriage to Nettie Gieger
James Christian Larsen was born on May 2, 1874, in Sieby, Hjorring, Denmark. He was the sixth and last child born to Christen and Inger Larsen. Chris grew up in both Denmark and Iowa. In 1883, at the age of nine, he came to the U.S. with his mother and older brother.
In Iowa he did farm work with his father and older brother. Later in life, he met a woman named Nettie Gieger. They fell in love and eventually got married on March, 23, 1910, in Palo Alto County. After their marriage, Chris and Nettie farmed north of Ruthven until 1915, when they moved to a farm in South Dakota. For some reason unknown to me, Nettie died on October 16, 1916. She's buried in Graceland Cemetery, Madison, Lake County, South Dakota. Two months after her death, Chris moved back to Iowa.
I haven't been able to locate Chris Larson in the U.S. Census for 1920, but the Iowa State Census of 1925 shows him living with his brother, Peter Larson, on the original family farm. Chris had moved out on his own by the time of the 1930 census, but he never remarried. He died on March 15, 1960, in Estherville, Iowa. James Christian Larson is buried in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, in Walnut Township, Palo Alto County, Iowa. The only marker is a small metal plate located a short distance from the marker for his parents.