Blacksmith- Saratoga, 1916

A native of Denmark Bertel Bertelsen was born in Holstebro, Jutland, February 5, 1883, a son of Jens and Marie (Fulg) Bertelsen, who reside on the farm in Denmark. Bertel was the third oldest of their eight living children and after completing the excellent schools, for which Denmark is famed, he apprenticed as a blacksmith in his native place for three and a half years, after which he followed his trade in different parts of Denmark until twenty-three years of age, when he entered the Third Company, Fourth Regiment, of the Danish Army, serving the required time and received his honorable discharge. After this he engaged in blacksmithing on his own account for a while, until he concluded to locate in California.

Selling out his belongings he arrived in the Golden State in March, 1913, and worked at his trade in Davis for four months. Locating in Los Gatos in July, 1913, and in 1915 purchasing an interest in a shop in Los Gatos, he sold out six months later and located in Saratoga on February 9, 1916, buying out Wilson's blacksmith shop. He continues the business of general blacksmithing and horseshoeing, his place being equipped with power drills, lathes, etc.

Mr. Bertelsen was married in San Jose to Miss Laura Jorgensen, who was born in this city, a daughter of P. T. Jorgensen, a pioneer contractor and builder in San Jose. They are the parents of one child, Viola May. Mr. Bertelsen is a member of the American Order of Foresters, the Saratoga Lodge of Odd Fellows, and with his wife is a member of the Rebekahs. He is also a member of the Saratoga Improvement Club, and is past president of the San Jose Lodge of Dania.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1592


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