Rønneberg, Nathal Thorsen

Rønneberg, Nathal Thorsen

Male 1876 - 1939  (62 years)

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  • Name Rønneberg, Nathal Thorsen 
    Born 11 Nov 1876  Stavanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 23 Dec 1876  Domkirken, Stavanger,Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Ingenior = engineer 
    Died 29 Oct 1939  Chicago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 31 Oct 1939  Graceland Cemetary Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4495  Ronneberg Family
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2018 

    Father Rønneberg, Tørres Andersen,   b. 31 Mar 1845, Sola, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1913, Stavanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Kartevold, Thomine "Zilla" Thorsen,   b. 9 Mar 1847, Stavanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1920, Stavanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1874  Stavanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jensen, Hedvig Munte Angell,   b. 20 Nov 1880, Stavanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1943, Chicago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1904 
    Children 
    +1. Ronneberg, Earl Fridthjov,   b. 15 May 1905, Chicago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1972, Chicago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +2. Ronneberg, Lillian Walli,   b. 12 Jun 1907, Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1994, Concord, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +3. Ronneberg, Gordon Terris,   b. 29 Nov 1909, Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1971, Phoenix, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 14 May 2009 
    Family ID F1664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Tørres Rønneberg Family
    Tørres Rønneberg Family
    Back rw: Arne, Nathal, Gyda
    Middle rw: Anna, Tørres, Einar, Tomine, Trygve
    Front middle: Carl
    Rønneberg and Thostensen family photo.
    Rønneberg and Thostensen family photo.
    Pictured but not in datafile:
    Grethe Thorsen
    Gyda Thostensen
    Magda Thostensen
    Thora Thostensen
    Cornelia Thorsen
    Louis Jacobson, Photographer and Cornelia's fiancee.
    Nathal Rønneberg, wife Hedvig and son Earl
    Nathal Rønneberg, wife Hedvig and son Earl
    Nathal Ronneberg and family
    Nathal Ronneberg and family
    Pictured are Nathal and Hedvig Jensen Ronneberg and children Earl Fridthjov, Lillian Walli and Gorden Terris
    The Malden Towers
    The Malden Towers
    The is recent photo of the Malden Towers. The Malden Towers is located at: 4521 N. Malden St. Chicago, Illinois. N Ronneberg Inc (Nathal's business) was the architect/builder/engineer of this building. On December 8, 1982, the Malden Towers was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
    Natal Ronneberg and Westcott
    Natal Ronneberg and Westcott
    Natal Ronneberg and Westcott, Engineers in Chicago, IL circa 1908
    Natal Ronneberg and Family
    Natal Ronneberg and Family
    Pictured are Natal and Hedvig (Jensen) Ronneberg together with children Earl, Lillian and Gorden. Taken about 1916

    Documents
    Marriage Certificate for Nathal Rønneberg and Hedvig Jensen
    Marriage Certificate for Nathal Rønneberg and Hedvig Jensen
    Nathal Rønneberg's Marriage Certificate
    Nathal Rønneberg's Marriage Certificate
    Nathal Ronneberg Excavating-Machine
    Nathal Ronneberg Excavating-Machine
    May 24,1919 Nathal Ronneberg applied for a patent for his excavating Machine.
    A bio of Nathal Ronneberg taken from the Norwegian American Technical Journal, February 1930
    A bio of Nathal Ronneberg taken from the Norwegian American Technical Journal, February 1930
    Some of the Elements Entering into the Planning of modern Apartment Hotels
    Some of the Elements Entering into the Planning of modern Apartment Hotels
    Written By Nathal Ronneberg for the February 1930 edition of the Norwegian American Technical Journal
    Nathal Ronneberg's diploma from Technische Hochschule zu Darstadt, 1898
    Nathal Ronneberg's diploma from Technische Hochschule zu Darstadt, 1898
    Nathal Ronneberg's Certificate of Naturalization 1908
    Nathal Ronneberg's Certificate of Naturalization 1908

    Histories
    Nathal Thorsen Rønneberg, WHO’S WHO IN CHICAGO
    Nathal Thorsen Rønneberg, WHO’S WHO IN CHICAGO
    The 1936 listing of Nathal Rønneberg in WHO’S WHO IN CHICAGO.
    Letter from Arne Rønneberg to Natal Rønneberg dated 12 Jun 1912 In Norwegian followed by a translation into English.
    Letter from Arne Rønneberg to Natal Rønneberg dated 12 Jun 1912 In Norwegian followed by a translation into English.

  • Notes 
    • Etter Storms Middelskol i Beregen studerte han ved Scranton College i Liverpool 1893. Tok eksamen ved Bergen Tekniske Skole (makinlinjen) 1896. Videre studier ved Technische Hohschule, Darmstadt 1898. Utvandret til USA i 1898. Bleansatt i Westinghouse Electric og Mfg. Co. i Pittsburg der hanarbeidet i årene 1898-1900. år. Kronstruerte her instrumenter forhøyspentanlegg. Ansatt i firma E.C. og R.M. Shankland, Chicago1900-1901 med skyskrapere som spesialitet før han dannet egetfirma med Søren anker Holt i 1901 (Holt og Rønneberg,1901-1902). Gikk i kompaniskap med O.J. Westcott i 1902 (Westoctt og Rønneberg 1902-1910) Medredaktør i et tekniskukeblad i 1904. På besøk i Stavanger 1911 og publiserte fireartikler om USA i Stavanger Morgenblad i 1912. Samarbeidet med R. G. Pierce i Chicago i årene 1910-1927 (Rønneberg og Pierce).Han løste ut Pierce i 1928 og firmaet ble hetende N. Rønneberg Inc., Chicago (1928-1939) Har bygget mer enn 50 teate ogvarehus. Bergen Technical Institute 1896 (CE); Technical Institute, Darmstadt, Germany; immigrated to US in 1898 abt 11 November 1899; Engineer in Chicago; and Norway 1910-1911. Bjork K. Saga in Steel and concrete. Northfield Minn. 1947, 368-369. Norwegian-American technical Journal 3:1 Feb. 5, 1930. Stavanger Aftenblad 1 Feb 1930. Became a naturalized citizen on 15 February 1908 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Certificate no. (or volume and page) p. 666

      Taken from the Norwegian-American Technical Journal--February 1930 thanks to Christiane Ronneberg.

      Mr. Ronneberg was born in Stavanger, Norway, in 1876 (actually 11 November 1877). His father was the owner and founder of the T. Rønneberg Preserving Co., the second oldest canning factory in Norway.

      At the age of sixteen, Mr. Rønneberg graduated from the Storms High School (Middel Skolen). He then went to England, where he studied English, German, and French, also English business methods, for a year at Scranton College, Llverpool.

      On his return to Norway, he entered the Bergen Technical College, from which he graduated in 1896. He then studied mechanical and electrical engineering at the Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany, remaining there for two years and graduated in 1898.

      After graduating from Darmstadt, he came to America in order to get some practical experience and obtained a position in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Westinghouse Electric & Mft. Co., at Pittsburgh, where he remained for two years.

      He then came to Chicago, where he joined his brother, Trygve, who had also come to this country and had a position as engineer with Purdy & Henderson. On arriving in Chicago, he became connected with the Engineering firm of E. C. & R. M. Shankland. While at this office, he became acquainted with Soren Anker Holt, who also was employed there and who had had considerable experience in engineering, and in the early part of 1901, they started an engineering office under the name of Holt & Ronneberg in the Security Building.

      Later, when Mr. Holt was called away to take care of some special experimental work, Mr. Ronneberg went into partnership with O. J. Westcott, former chief engineer for the Illinois Steel Co., under the name of Westcott & Ronneberg. During the nine years they were engaged in business together, they did the engineering work for numerous buildings, both in and out of Chicago. Among other things, they were the engineers for more than fifty theaters, numerous office buildings, warehouses, hotels, factory buildings and bridges.

      In 1910 Mr. Ronneberg sold out his interest to Mr. Westcott and went back to Norway for a much needed rest. On his return, a half year later, he started in business again with one of his former draftsmen, R. G. Pierce, under the name of Ronneberg & Pierce, and for seventeen years they had offices in the Otis Building. During this time Mr. Ronneberg devoted his time to planning and financing industrial buildings, and among other projects, (Mr. Ronneberg had) planned and financed more than sixty laundries. He was considered one of the foremost authorities on modern laundry construction.

      Two years ago (from February 1930) Mr. Pierce, who had been Mr. Ronneberg’s partner for the last seventeen years, severed his connection with him. Mr. Ronneberg then organized the firm of N. Ronneberg, Inc., into which he took his son, Ear. F. Ronneberg, who recently received his engineer’s degree from the University of Illinois.

      During the last few years, Mr. Ronneberg has been active in planning and financing modern, up-to date hotels, apartment hotels, and large apartment projects, in addition to his industrial engineering work. Mr. Ronneberg just returned from a month’s trip to California where he had just completed the work on four factory buildings for Durkee Famous Foods, Inc., a division of the Glidden Company. These four buildings comprise a copper warehouse, a refinery building, hard butter, and margarine buildings.

      Mr. Ronneberg’s brother, Trygve, who is also and engineer, with offices in San Francisco, assisted him in the work on these buildings in California.

      Mr. Ronneberg’s office at present (1930) is in the Otis Building, where he has been since the building was erected.

      According to Nathal’s WWI draft registration card, his hight was 5 feet, 5 inches tall; color of his eyes were blue and his hair was colored brown.

      Nathal lived in Chicago at 7240 West Pratt Avenue

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