Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


N. George Nielsen, the assistant cashier and trust officer of the Bank of Italy, is a man of influence in both financial and commercial circles at Monterey. A native of California, he was born at a farm in the Salinas valley, October 9, 1888, the son of Hans and Christine (Gregersen) Nielsen. The father, a native of Denmark, born in 1857, served in the Danish army and in 1881 came to the United States. He made his way westward, spent three years in Illinois and then journeyed by wagon for eight hundred miles to Nebraska. Six months later he resumed his journeyings, starting for California, where until 1907, he carried on farming on shares, and for eighteen years he was associated with T. J. Fields in agricultural ventures. In 1907 he purchased six hundred and forty acres in the Salinas valley and on October 24, 1886, he married Christine Gregersen and they became the parents of seven children.

N. George Nielsen who is the eldest of this family, attended the rural schools and later was graduated from Heald's Business College at Santa Cruz as a member of the class of '08. He had previously learned the blacksmith's trade through which means he was able to earn enough to continue his studies. Having finished the prescribed commercial course, he was fortunate in receiving a very complimentary offer to join the staff of the Bank of Italy, or rather the Bank of Monterey, as assistant bookkeeper and utility clerk. In 1918 he was promoted to the position of assistant cashier and in 1922 to cashier, while later he was made assistant manager of the Monterey Savings Bank. When this institution was absorbed by the Bank of Italy, with its vast resources and powerful connections, Mr. Nielsen was appointed to his present post, to the satisfaction of a wide circle of patrons.

At Stockton, Mr. Nielsen and Miss Vera Allington of that city were joined in wedlock; and they now have one child, Muriel Elaine. Mr. Nielsen is fond of fraternal life, and belongs to the American Order of Foresters of Soledad and to the Monterey Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is likewise a member of the Rotary Club, and in politics he is a republican.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.