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Christian Nisson

When asked for his opinion concerning the possibilities of Sonoma county, Christian Nisson has nothing but praise and commendation to offer for reply, and in truth he could make no other, his opinion being based upon his own success as rancher and dairyman. The first representative of the family in this country was Erick Nisson, who came from Denmark in 1866, and located in Sonoma county, Cal., and three years later his son, Erick P., also came to this locality and built up a ranch enterprise in the vicinity of Petaluma which is a credit to the owner as well as to the community. By his marriage with Claudina Moltzan, who, like himself, was a native of Denmark, Erick P. Nisson became the father of eight children, two sons and six daughters, named as follows: Christian Henry, Lena, Mary, Clara, Anna, Loretta and Elinor.

The eldest child in the parental family, Christian Nisson, was born on the homestead ranch near Petaluma, October 5, 1877, and with the other children he attended the public schools in Petaluma during boyhood. By predilection as well as early training on the home ranch he was well fitted to take up the duties of ranching as soon as his school days were over, and by concentrating thought and efforts along this line to the exclusion of other distractions he has been enabled to take his present high position among the ranchers and dairymen of Sonoma county. For a considerable period he worked side by side with his father in the maintenance of the home place, but finally, in 1906, purchased the ranch of which he is now the owner and proprietor, not far from the old homestead on Rural Route No. 4 from Petaluma. This consists of two hundred acres, for which he paid the owner, Allen Roseburgh, $80 an acre. Here he makes a specialty of dairying and chicken-raising. His dairy consists of twenty cows, and from the sale of butter which he manufactured he realized about $1,800 during the season of 1909. During the same season he realized in eggs from three thousand chickens $8,000, while during the year 1910, from four thousand chickens, his income amounted to $11,000. During the year 1911 he increased his flock to six thousand chickens. From the above figures it is plain to be seen why Mr. Nisson is such an enthusiastic believer in the possibilities of Sonoma county. He has labored indefatigably to bring about his present success, and all who know of his good fortune take heart and labor the more industriously on their own ranches, knowing that what one has accomplished others can also do. Politically Mr. Nisson is a believer in Republican principles.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011