History of Crawford County 1911

Thirty years ago Christian Nissen arrived in the new world, to which he was attracted because of the opportunities it presents for well-directed labor. He applied himself with earnestness and zeal and today he is the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and thirty acres in Stockholm Township, the abundant harvests gathered from this land each year being visible evidence of his energy and enterprise.

He was born in Germany, March 7, 1857, a son of Paul and Mary C. (Christiansen) Nissen. The parents were both natives of the old country and continued there throughout their entire lives. There were eight children in the family, only two of whom are now living, Christ, the subject of this review and John, also in America.

Christ Nissen received a common school-education and grew to manhood in the parental home, where he early became acquainted with the value of labor.

At twenty-four years of age, in 1881, he bade farewell to relatives and friends and crossed the ocean to America, fully determined if possible to make for himself a home under the friendly protection of tile republic. He came direct to Crawford County, Iowa, and worked for three years as a farm hand and then began to operate rented land on his own account. He continued as a renter for eighteen years and being economical and a good manager, acquired the capital necessary to purchase the place on section 13, Stockholm Township, upon which he established his permanent home. His farm has been improved by the erection of buildings and fences, the putting in of tile and the setting out of shade and ornamental trees, so that it is one of tile pleasing features of the landscape. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding cattle and hogs and as he is well acquainted with his business, his success has been highly gratifying.

In 1884, Mr. Nissen was united in marriage to Miss Wilhelmina Otto, who was born in Germany, September 7, 1861, a daughter of Christ and Christina (Gotwig) Otto. The family came to this country in 1884 and located in Crawford County, Iowa. The mother died September 15, 1906, but tile father is still living and makes his home in Denison. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Otto. Eleven children came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nissen, all of whom are now living except the oldest who died in infancy. The others are William, John, Edward, Christina, Anna, Freda, Louise, Elsie, Amanda, and Marvin.

Mr. and Mrs. Nissen are thoroughly familiar with the responsibilities of rearing a large family, and they have acquitted themselves nobly and have instilled into their children lessons of industry, frugality and perseverance so necessary in laying a permanent foundation for worthy objects in life. Both parents and children are identified with the Lutheran Church and active workers in its interests. Politically Mr. Nissen gives his support to the Democrat Party. He is connected with the Odd Fellows, being a member of Lodge No. 993 at Denison and is an earnest advocate of the beautiful fraternal sentiments of that order.

As a citizen he is greatly respected by the entire community.

Christian Nissen above was the brother of Johannes Nissen below...

Back: Alma, George, Ernest, Alfred, Minnie
Front: John (Jack), Johannes, Rose, Louise (Kruse), Charles

Herbert Stribe, Alfred Nissen, Jessie Stribe, ??

Alfred & Jessie (Stribe) Nissen

The Johannes & Louise Nissen Family

Johannes Nissen was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on October 7, 1865, the son of Paul and Mary (Christiansen) Nissen. He was one of eight children. His parents died when he was 15 years old, leaving him an orphan. In 1881, at the age of 16, Johannes came to America with his brother, Christ, and settled in Iowa Township in Crawford County. Christ's family descendants live in the Denison/Wall Lake area.
Louise Fredericka Kruse was born June 26, 1866, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She was the oldest daughter of Ernest & Wilhelmina Kruse and came to America with her parents in 1870 at the age of 4. The family settled in Clinton, Iowa. In 1881, at the age of 15, Louise came to Crawford County and worked on a farm two miles west of Manning.
Johannes Nissen and Louise Kruse were married on June 3, 1887, at Denison. They farmed south of Aspinwall for thirteen years and then moved near Irwin in Shelby County. They lived there 7 years. They returned to the Aspinwall area around 1907 and lived on a farm one mile south and 1/2 mile west of Aspinwall. Johannes lived there until his death on January 24, 1919 at the age of 53. Louise remained on the farm until 1929 and then moved to a home on Third Street in Manning. She remained there until her death at age 68 on January 18, 1935.
Johannes and Louise were the parents of nine children. The oldest child, Emma, died in infancy. All of the children, with the exception of two daughters, remained in the Manning area throughout their lifetimes and raised their families here.

Alma Pauline (Nissen) Schroeder was born on January 30, 1889, in Crawford County. She married Alfred Schroeder on May 21, 1913. Alfred was born in Iowa Township on August 14, 1882, the son of Jurgen and Katrina Schroeder. He lived all of his life in the Aspinwall vicinity. Alfred and Alma farmed in the Aspinwall and Manning area until they moved to Manning in 1943. They moved to Aspinwall in 1948. Alfred passed away June 18, 1956, at the age of 73. Alma continued to live at her home in Aspinwall until August of 1979 when she moved to the Manning Plaza. She passed away February 14, 1985, at the age of 96.
Alma and George had four sons: George, Alfred, Merle and Roy Schroeder.
It is interesting to note that Alma had a brother, and husband, and a son all sharing the name of Alfred!

Ernest Christ Nissen was born November 23, 1891, on a farm in Iowa Township. On Christmas Day, 1912, he and Bertha Ohde were married. Bertha was born in Hayes Township on November 9, 1887, the daughter of Henry and Margaretha Ohde. She grew up near Aspinwall.
Ernest and Bertha farmed for several years near Manning and moved into Manning in 1918. Ernest was a member of the Manning police force for seven years and the Manning Fire Department for 10 years. He also operated a pool hall. In 1932, at the age of 45, Bertha passed away.
Ernest and Bertha had three children: Merlin, Mary Jane (Nissen) Cobb and Ernest, Jr. Ernest, Jr. was killed in WWII in 1944. He was married to Ruth (Lage) Nissen Schroeder of Manning.
After Bertha's death, Ernest, Sr. remarried around 1940. He and his second wife, Alice Steemke lived in Le Mars for four years, then moved to Storm Lake and owned and operated a motel there. Ernest passed away on December 21, 1953, at the age of 62.

George William Nissen, the fourth child, was born June 17, 1893, in Crawford County. He entered the Army in September, 1917, serving in WWI. He was very seriously wounded on November 13, 1918. He was hospitalized at a debarkation hospital in Staten Island at the time of his father's funeral on January 27, 1919. He was later awarded a purple heart.
After George's discharge, he returned home. On April 4, 1923, he and Hilda Opperman were united in marriage. Hilda, the daughter of John and Anna Opperman of Manilla, was born on October 28, 1896.
George and Hilda farmed three miles west of Manning until they retired in October of 1958 and moved to 423 Ann Street in Manning.
Two children were born to this marriage: Roger Nissen and Rita (Nissen) Saunders.
George died on February 12, 1977, at the age of 83. Hilda celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1996, and passed away the following winter on February 25, 1997.

Alfred Johannes Nissen was born June 5, 1895, in Shelby County, Iowa.
On February 25, 1920, Alfred was united in marriage with Jessie Blanche Stribe, daughter of George and Alvina (Ohrt) Stribe of Manning. Jessie was born June 12, 1894.
Alfred and Jessie farmed at several locations around Manning, eventually purchasing their own farm north of Manning in 1933. (Edna Nissen currently lives on the home place). They lived on that farm for 23 years. Alfred passed away October 11, 1956, at the age of 61. Jessie then built a new home at 603 Fourth Street and moved into Manning in 1957. She lived there until she entered the Manning Plaza in mid-1979. Jessie passed away on December 20, 1983, at the age of 89.
Alfred and Jessie Nissen had three children: Orlo, Melvin, and Norma (Nissen) Weems.

Minnie Nissen, the sixth child of Johannes and Louise Nissen, was born on August 23, 1897, near Irwin, Iowa. Minnie never married but spent her entire life taking care of others! She stayed in Aspinwall and took care of her mother until Louise died in 1935. Minnie moved to Fairmont, Minnesota in 1946 and lived with her sister, Rose, helping her raise her two children. Minnie remained in Fairmont until her death on October 10, 1993, at the age of 96.
John Jacob Nissen (known as Jack) was born June 3, 1900, in Crawford County. On December 23, 1925, Jack married Velma Bingham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Bingham of Manning.
Jack and Velma farmed near Manilla and Manning until moving to Manning in 1932. Jack worked for the Manning Creamery for 35 years and Dr. Robert Dappen for seven years. He retired three years prior to his death on March 31, 1978. He was 77 years old.
The Nissens had one daughter, Myna (Nissen) Roberts.

The 5th son, Charles Edward, was born June 12, 1903 near Botna. Charles married Viola Schwartz on September 11, 1929. Viola, the daughter of Carl and Hattie Schwartz of Manilla, was born May 25, 1906.
Charlie and Vi farmed south of Aspinwall for seven years and then moved to a farm north of Aspinwall where they lived for 45 years before retiring and moving to Manning in 1969. Charlie raised purebred spotted hogs for over 40 years.
Viola died November 8, 1982, at the age of 76. Charlie continued to live in their home in Manning until his death on July 7, 1998. He was 95.
Charlie and Vi had four children: Stanley, Lois (Nissen) Tegels, Allen and Ronald.

The youngest child, Rose Ella (Nissen) Gordon was born March 14, 1906. Rose was united in marriage to George Gordon of Winterset on June 3, 1931. They moved to Fairmont, Minnesota from the Manning area in 1942. Rose worked at the Fairmont Canning Factory for many years.
On June 12, 1953, George died in an accidental fishing accident at the age of 44.
Rose continued to live in Fairmont and with the help of her sister, Minnie, raised the couple's two children Alicia (Gordon) Spencer and George Gordon, Jr.
Rose passed away September 19, 1995, at the age of 89.

Grandchildren of Johannes & Louise Nissen still living in the area are Roger Nissen of Carroll and Rita (Nissen) Saunders of Manning.

Great grandchildren in the area are Robert & Randy Nissen of Manning, David Nissen of Carroll and Myra (Weems) Luetje of Westside.