Born to Johan Christopher Eltzholtz and Tobia Marie Andrea Lange. Married Ingeborg Vikingsen in 1872. They had only one child - John Wesley. (See Who Was Who in America 1897-1942, vol 1, p. 369 for biographical information.) Went to sea about 1855, traveled to Val De Paraiso, S.A. Attended Nautical School, Svendborg, Denmark, studied navigation. Graduated 1861 and went back to sea. In 1864 received medal for bravery, Danish German War.
In 1866 he immigrated to USA. Served as a clergyman in Norwegian-Danish Methodist Church in Wisconsin, Illinois, Denmark, Nebraska and California.
He first married Marie Ingerbretsen on 28 Aug 1867, daughter of Ingebir and Hans Ingerbretsen.
In 1878 began the Danish Temperance Movement. Authored and published several books. He reportedly had a battleship tattoo on his chest and displayed both Danish and U.S. flags in his home.
Served Willerup Scandinavian Church in Cambridge Wi, where he and wife are buried, 1871-74 and 1906-1912.
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