Annie Christensen Borresen (also spelled Borreson
and Borsen) emigrated from Denmark to America in
1887 with their six sons. By 1900 they had
settled in Omaha, Nebraska where Jacob worked as a
music teacher. Jacob's and Annie
son, Christen Jacob Peter Borreseon (1877- ?), moved to Chicago
in July, 1903. For Christmas he sent gifts for
his family and enclosed a note that he was going to
the Mr. Bluebeard pageant. Upon learning of
the fire his family sent telegraphs and letters,
with no response.
More than two
weeks after the fire, on January 14, 1904, they
received a letter (above) from Chris assuring them that he'd
would be re-reading that letter, keying in on that
line about him being unable to work for at least a
month, then heading to the train station. Son is not telling the
whole story. Mothers know these things.
Discrepancies and addendum
There was another Christ Borresen living in Chicago in the early 1900s, a
person of some prominence. The Crist Borresen
with parents in Nebraska was a different person.
While still in Omaha he worked as a printer so it is
possible he worked in that industry while living in Chicago.