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Posted: 968673600000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Surnames: Toren, Uhrenholdt
From "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon,Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano" by Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1895

SOREN JENSEN UHRENHOLDT. Among the many farmers of Waupaca county who deserve credit and congratulation for the competence which they have won as the fruits of industry and wise management none, perhaps, is more deserving than Mr. Uhrenholdt. Though a comparatively late comer into the county, at a time when opportunities seemed few, he arrived with empty hands and pockets, and prosperity has since smiled kindly on him. He has proved himself resourceful, fertile in expedients, quick to grasp a situation, plucky enough to dare where his keen judgment told him success was sure to follow, and his rise in life is the natural result. Through his years of early struggle, too, ran a thread of golden romance, which was not without its influence in shaping his destiny.

In Denmark he had wooed Christine Toren, but her parents spurned his suit, because of social lines. Soren was only a poor country lad, without sufficient means or prospects. Christine belonged by education and by social position to a higher plane of life. Stung by this parental rejection, young Uhrenholdt came to America to win if possible a modest competence, and then again claim the hand of her he loved. He was born in Denmark August 15, 1857, son of Jens Uhrenholdt, a farmer and stock raiser of fairly comfortable means, made by his own efforts, and one of a family of seven children. Educated in the common schools, he was given two years also in the high school, and his receptive memory readily assimilated the branches which he was taught. But from the early age of twelve he was obliged to work out, and for twelve more years he was a farm laborer. At the age of twenty-four he served six months in the navy, as was customary in his native land, only imperfect physique debarring the young men from this service. Then came the unfortunate love affair. With the aid of a friend (for Soren was without means), he in the fall of 1882 purchased a ticket for America and sailed from Copenhagen, landing at New York nineteen days later. He had previously made some slight study of the English language, and was not handicapped as so many of his countrymen have been. Reaching Waupaca with scarcely more than a dollar in his pockets, he expended the whole amount for leggins and rubbers, and spent the winter in the woods. And the following summer he farmed. Resuming the life of a lumberman the second winter, he became seriously ill, and returned to his native land, either to recover or to die. He had by strict economy saved some money, though he had sent some home, and had made a small purchase payment on eighty acres of land in St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county.

He remained in Denmark three months and recuperated. Returning to Waupaca he again took up the ceaseless toil of life. He purchased 160 acres of land in Section 30, Farmington township, involving himself for almost the entire amount. Renting the St. Lawrence place, he moved to his new purchase in Farmington with a single purpose, to prepare a home for himself there, and to that end he labored unceasingly and saved. The third trip from America to Denmark was made in February, 1887. This time he went to claim his bride, his former sweetheart. He was no longer without means or prospects. He was a prosperous well-to-do farmer, able to furnish a house comfortably, in luxury if need be. The parental ban was withdrawn, and the marriage banns were published. S. J. Uhrenholdt and Christine Toren were married, and together they came to the Wisconsin home which he had prepared. Mr. Uhrenholdt has lived here ever since. He now owns 320 acres of land, of which 175 acres are tillable. The home farm is under a high state of cultivation. He has become one of the most prominent farmers of Waupaca county. Not content with the scope of knowledge ordinarily acquired by a farmer, he is constantly observing and reading. With naturally quick mental powers, this ambition to become a farmer in the highest sense of the word is having its just reward. New and improved methods of farming he has introduced with great profit to himself. And it is not by the close accumulation of his gains that Mr. Uhrenholdt is rising to affluence. He does not stint himself or his family, but brings into the home many comforts and luxuries, far beyond the custom of many others in equally good circumstances. His forte lies in opening up new avenues of agricultural wealth, and in the application of judicious management. He is now one of the chief potato raisers of his township.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Uhrenholdt are Jens, Christine, Johanna and Andrew, all living. Himself and wife are memberes of the Lutheran Church. Politically he is a Democrat, though not bound by party lines, for he votes for the men and the measures he deems the best. He is a warm friend of free trade, for practical and original reasons. Mr. Uhrenholdt constantly broadens his field of knowledge from whatever sources are available, and he is remarkably well informed on the issues of the day, political, educational and otherwise. He has not only crossed the ocean five times, but has visited the great Northwest, and spent considerable time at the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. It would be difficult to find in Waupaca county a success in life more brilliant than his.
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