|Birth: ||May 19, 1863, Denmark|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 1941|
Christian is buried in the Grand Island Cemetery. 1884 Danish immigrant; he traveled alone from Denmark to the U.S. Husband Of Hansine Johanne Pedersen; married 18 August 1885 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, and father of their 13 children!
Christian was the descendent of Danish Saint Canute Lavard who helped spread Christianity to the Vikings, & the Patron Saint of Austria Leopold "The Pious" Von Babenberg, known for building numerous monasteries and who has a church named after him on Leopoldsberg Overlook near Vienna, Austria. Other illustrious ancestors of Christian are many members of royalty: Danish kings, including King Valdemar Knudsen I 'The Great', King Herbastus Harold Bluetooth Gormsson (the namesake for Bluetooth technology), Sveyn Forkbeard Haraldsson, King Svend Estridsen Ulfsson, King Erik Evergood Svendsson, Queen Sophie of Minsk (Russia), Princess Sophie Valdemarsdottir, etc.!
Information added by their proud great-granddaughter who deeply wishes that she had had the opportunity to know and love them.
FROM THE GRAND ISLAND DAILY INDEPENDENT-YEAR UNKNOWN.
Graciously provided by Find-A-Grave contributor Kay Cynova.
"C. P. Birk
Born in Denmark, May 18, 1863. the subject of today's sketch came to the United States at the age of 21, alone. He had struck out for himself. Apprenticed completely in the land of his birth as a carpenter, he followed that work at Omaha in 1884, and continued the same for a number of years. He came to Grand Island in the spring of 1890, worked two years for Upperman & Leiser and then for the Sears' feed store. When Mr. Sears undertook the wholesale harness business he assisted in that. He was elected a member of the city council in 1905 and served from the First ward for six years. At the end of this period he was a candidate for mayor but had a most formidable opponent in C. G. Ryan, and was defeated. He was later employed at his old trade in the Union Pacific shops and until a day or two ago was engaged in the plumbing business.
During its strongest days he was the president of the Central Labor union, of this city, and is still the secretary treasurer of the Nebraska State Federation of Labor."
Hansine Johanne Pedersen Birk (1869 - 1938)
Peder Rudolph Birk (1887 - 1933)*
Ruth E. Birk Vaughan (1889 - 1980)*
Petrea Jessine Birk (1890 - 1900)*
Arthur Delancy Birk (1892 - 1955)*
Darice Violet Birk Klinge (1893 - 1950)*
Sarah Dora Birk Hampton (1896 - 1977)*
Christian Pedersen Birk (1912 - 1912)*
Grand Island Cemetery
Plot: Section H, Plot #238
Created by: Mert57
Record added: Jun 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53380871