of Henry Chris and Esther Maria Nicolina (JACOBSON) JENSEN
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4__Henry Chris JENSEN
25 Dec 1882, Lincoln Twp., Washington County, NE
of: Soren and Anne Sine (PETERSEN)
27 Sep 1975, Blair Community Hospital, Blair, Washington County, NE
Blair Cemetery, Blair, Washington Co, NE (86/2/2) Go to
m. 25 Dec 1906, Blair, Washington County, NE
5__Esther Maria Nicolina JACOBSON
22 Feb 1886, Blair Twp., Washington County, NE
of: Ola and Mary (MORTENSEN)
27 Oct 1973, Blair Community Hospital, Blair,
Washington County, NE
Blair Cemetery, Blair,
Washington Co, NE
(86/2/3) Go to
Other Marriages: None
Clarence JENSEN b. 17 Nov 1909
d. 24 Dec 1915
Buried: Blair Cemetery,
Blair, NE (86/2/5) Go to
Merton JENSEN b.
1 Apr 1911 (see #2)
4.3 Cora Mae
JENSEN b. 16 Mar 1913
17 Oct 1913
Buried: Blair Cemetery,
Blair, NE (86/2/6) Go to
Ann JENSEN b.
16 Oct 1923
d. 16 Oct 1923 (Stillborn)
Buried: Blair Cemetery,
Blair, NE (86/2/3) Go to
one of 13 children and Esther one of 8.
summer, for many years, there was a JENSEN and a JACOBSON family picnic.
At one time, nearly 500 family members attended the JENSEN picnics.
was baptized at the Orum Church, Lincoln Twp., Washington County, NE
Esther lived on the farm purchased from Henry’s father, Soren, and Henry
continued to be active in the farming operation until the late 1960’s.
He drove until his 92d birthday when he passed both the written and
driving tests but turned in his license with the comment that the motor vehicle
division were “fools” to give a license to someone of his age.
died of measles when he was 6 and Mary Ann was stillborn.
Henry and Esther left the farm and moved to Santa Rosa, CA where Henry played
the trumpet in a dance band. They
lived only a couple of blocks from the home/garden of Luther BURBANK and Esther
had vivid memories of seeing him around the town.
Merton remembered walking to school and stopping to visit with Luther
Burbank on the way to and from school. They attended a Baptist Church built entirely from a single redwood tree
and the church could still be visited in 1961 when Merton’s family visited
make a living as a trumpet player, Henry and Esther returned to the farm after a
year in CA and finished raising Merton on the family farm north of Blair.
a letter from Clarice ANDERSON, dated March 6, 1978, her mother reports that
"Henry JENSEN - He played for a Danish Brotherhood dance in Kennard,
just after they were married. Esther was with him; she was a very
good-looking woman. The two-step was just starting to be popular; he
came down (from the bandstand) and they showed how to dance it."
Dale and Deborah MORROW, Merton JENSEN
Births: Henry: 25 Dec 1882, supplied by Merton
Esther: 22 Feb 1886, supplied by Merton JENSEN
Obituary. Blair Tribune 22 Oct 1913. The many friends of
Henry JENSEN and family are sympathizing with them in the loss of their
seven months old baby, Cora Mae JENSEN, who died October 17, from
stomach trouble. The funeral services were held Sunday at the home, Rev.
G.B. WARREN officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the
Blair cemetery. It was the first automobile funeral procession held in
Blair Democrat, 23 October 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. JENSEN
are mourning the loss of their seven-months-old daughter, Cora May, who died
suddenly Saturday morning. So quickly was the little one stricken that
few of the family knew of her illness until death had occurred. The
father was in Lincoln at the time having gone there to attend Grand lodge of
the I.O.O.F. When the seriousness of the child's condition dawned on his
brothers frantic efforts were made to reach him. Before he could reach
home death had occurred. The little body was laid to rest in the Blair
cemetery Sunday, after services had been conducted at the residence by Rev. WARREN.
Obituary. Blair Enterprise, 24 Oct 1913. Baby Dies
Suddenly. Little Cora May, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C.
JENSEN of River View farm, died early Saturday morning after a severe
illness of less than one day. A very few knew of the baby's illness
until informed of her death, and only a small number of relatives were with
the grief-stricken mother when the little one passed away, just at daybreak
Saturday morning. Mr. JENSEN was away from home at the time,
having gone to Lincoln to attend grand lodge of the Odd Fellows and could not
reach home until the little one had passed away. The funeral services
were held at the home north of Blair, at 1 o'clock p.m. Sunday and were in
charge of Rev. G.B. WARREN, the newly arrived Methodist minister.
The old neighbors from the Papio neighborhood furnished the music and four
little cousins of the baby, Edna and Mildred JENSEN, Blanch REEH
and Odessa SVENDGAARD acted as pall-bearers. The flowers sent to
the stricken home were many and beautiful, the little casket being completely
banked in beautiful white blossoms of every kind. A large number of
sympathetic friends, relatives and neighbors attended the services and
accompanied the grief-stricken parents to the cemetery where the little one
was tenderly laid to rest.
Obituary. Blair Enterprise, 31 Dec 1915. Herbert Clarence
JENSEN. The spirit of little Clarence JENSEN passed to the
other world last Friday morning, December 24, at eight o'clock, after an
illness of eighteen days. He was taken down with measles on the 6th
inst. and came through the first period of the disease with promise of early
recovery but later a relapse took place which developed a malignant form of
peritonitis, resulting fatally. Herbert Clarence was the eldest of two
only children, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. JENSEN, being six years,
one month and seven days of age when death claimed him for its own.
Elihu Merton, approaching his fifth year, is the only solace left to their
bleeding hearts, their seven months-old baby girl having been taken from them
by the death angel two years ago. The ways of Providence are beyond the
comprehension of mortal man. Words of consolation are as chaff to the
hungry, in such trials. Those who have never "Passed under the Rod,"
have never been called to part with their idols, images of themselves, have
little adequate conception of the sacrifice involved, the torn and bleeding
hearts of the fond parents, the motherlove that "passeth understanding."
In such affliction the appeal to an abiding Christian faith and fortitude, to
believe, implicitly, that when the Son of God exhorted his hearers to "Suffer
little children to come unto Me and forbid them not, for of such is the
Kingdom of Heaven," He was preparing for a reunited family, where all
should meet, never to part again, the promised land, is the only inspiring
consolation for distressed, sorrowing parents. The city of the dead,
where repose all that is earthly of their darlings will live in their memories
as a sacred, hallowed spot and be viewed by them with such reverental [sic]
love as is accorded no other of God's silent acres in the broad Universe.
Funeral services were held at the home at two o'clock, Sunday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. C.M. FOREMAN, of the Baptist church and the little form was
laid away by the side of the baby sister in the Blair cemetery. Six
little schoolmates from the Cuming City school, served as pallbearers.
The floral tributes were beautiful and profuse.
Obituary. Blair Enterprise, 1 Nov 1973. Mrs.
Henry C. JENSEN Died At Hospital Last Saturday. Mrs. Henry C.
JENSEN (Esther Marie) died at Memorial Community hospital last Saturday,
October 27th. She had been in failing health for several months.
Mrs. JENSEN, who was 87 years of age, was born February 22nd, 1886 at
Blair and had lived in Washington County most of her life. She was the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ola JACOBSON, early day well known residents
of the community. On December 26, 1906, she was married to Henry C.
JENSEN and they have been married over 66 years. During their active
years they lived on a farm in the Cuming City School District and resided
there after retirement. Mrs. JENSEN was a member of the First
Baptist Church. She was also a Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star,
a member of the Rebekah Lodge and a former member of the Monday Afternoon
Club. For the past two years she has been a resident of the Good
Shepherd Home, her health due to advance age, being such that she could no
longer continue with her home-keeping duties. She was the mother of two
sons and two daughters. One son, Clarence and the two daughters, Cora
Mae and Mary Ann, preceded her in death. Her son, Merton survives.
Other survivors are her husband, Henry C., three granddaughters, four great
grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Herbert HURD (Cora) who lives in
Belgrade, Nebraska. Funeral services were held at the Campbell Mortuary,
Monday, October 29th. The Rev. Harold JORGENSEN, a long time
friend of the family, conducted the service. Burial was made in the
Blair Cemetery. The pallbearers were Leo HURD [HOOKS],
Onno AHLERS, Joe GUTSCHOW, John VOSS, Jack JENSEN
and Gordon KEMPCKE.
Blair Enterprise, 2 October 1975. Henry C. JENSEN,
92-year-old Blair resident, was buried at Blair last Monday afternoon,
September 29th. He was the last member of thirteen children of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Soren JENSEN, early day farmers and landowners of the
area. The deceased was born at Blair, December 25th, 1882 and lived out
his entire life in or near Blair. he died at the Blair Hospital
Saturday, September 27th, but had been making his home at the Good Shepherd
Home. As a younger man, he continued the family tradition of
farming. In addition, he took an active part in many civic
affairs. He was an ardent Democrat, as was the entire family, and for
many years the families of the thirteen sons and daughters of the Soren JENSEN
family swung considerable influence in the election of Democrats for county
offices. In addition to his farming activities, he served for many years
on the Burt-Washington Drainage District Board and had much to do with the
creation of the series of drainage ditches which drain the bottomlands between
Tekamah and Blair. Prior to the creation of the system, rain water from
the hill lands would rush down the creeks and flood the broad bottomland which
now are so productive. For many years he was closely associated with the
Blair City band, as were several of the other Jensen brothers.
Indicative of his good health and longevity is the fact that he continued to
own and drive his own car until he was nearly 91 years of age. He was
married to Esther JACOBSEN [sic], who preceded him in death about a
year ago. [It was October of 1973] He is survived by a son, Merton, who
lives on the family farm north of Blair. Two other children, a son and a
daughter, preceded their parents in death. There are three
grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at St. Mary's
Episcopal Church. Father Robert BEE conducted the service and burial was
made in the Blair Cemetery under the direction of the Campbell Mortuary.
Pallbearers were Harold HURD, Onno AHLERS, Jack JENSEN,
Merton KUHR, John VOSS and Lee HOOKS.
Dec 1906, supplied by Merton JENSEN
Henry and Esther belonged to the Blair Baptist Church,
supplied by Betty JENSEN
Henry was a long-time member of the Blair Masonic Lodge
(all lodges but Shrine), the Odd Fellows, Blair Chamber of Commerce and
the Blair City Band.
Henry was a president and long-time member of the Drainage
District for rural Washington County, NE. He was also Chairman of the
Washington County Democratic Committee and a member of the Selective Service
Boards for both World Wars.
Esther was a member of the Rebekahs and the Eastern Star.
CENSUS/CITY DIRECTORIES/TAX LIST
1885 Census: Washington
County, NE, Lincoln Precinct 6
Soren JENSEN, 42 b. Denmark
Henry, 2 b. Nebraska
Peter FERGERSON, 35, Laborer b. Denmark
U.S. Census, Blair, Washington Co, NE, 1 Jun 1900, Dwelling/Family 36:
JACOBSON, Ola head W M 43 M/18yrs b. Nov/1856, Sweden
Father/Mother b. Sweden Able to read/write/speak Own/Mort/Farmer Immig
Mary wife W F 33 M/18yrs b. Sep/1866,
NE Father/Mother b. Sweden
Able to read/write/speak 7ch/7living
Esther dau W F 14 Single b. Feb/1886, NE Father b. Sweden
Mother b. NE Able to read/write/speak At school 9 mos
Martin son W M 12 Single b. Feb/1888, NE Father
b. Sweden Mother b. NE Able to read/write/speak At school 9 mos
Annette dau W F 10 Single b. Jun/1889, NE Father
b. Sweden Mother b. NE Able to read/write/speak At school 9 mos
Cora dau W F 8 Single b.
Mar/1892, NE Father b. Sweden Mother b.
At school 9 mos
Johanna dau W F 6 Single b. Jul/1893,
NE Father b. Sweden Mother b.
At school 9 mos
Anna dau W F 3 Single b.
Oct/1896, NE Father b. Sweden Mother b. NE
1900 U.S. Census: Lincoln Twp,
Washington County, NE, p. 86, Dwelling 132, Family 132:
Niels JENSEN b. 2/1875, age 25, #yrs married:
2 b. NE Father b. Den Mother b.
Anna JENSEN b. 8/1876, age 23
b. NE Father b. Swe Mother b. Ger
Myrtle JENSEN b. 10/1898, age 1
IA Father b. NE Mother b. NE
Mildred JENSEN b. 1/1900, age 4/12 b. NE Father b. NE Mother b. NE
Edward JENSEN, brother b. 12/1880, age
19 b. NE Father b. NE
Mother b. NE
JENSEN, brother b. 12/1882, age
17 b. NE Father b. NE
Mother b. NE
1910 U.S. Census: Cuming
City Twp, Washington County, NE, Dwelling/Family 63:
JENSEN, Henry C Head
M W 27 Married/3 yrs b.
NE Father/Mother b. Denmark Native Language - English
Farmer, General Farm
Self-employed Able to read/write
Own/free/farm Schedule 61
Ester M Wife F
W 26 Married/3 yrs b. NE
Father/Mother b. Sweden Native Language - English
Able to read/write
Herbert C Son M W 6/12
b. NE Father/Mother b. NE
b. ND Father/Mother b.
ND Native Language -
English Able to read/write
HIELM, Elof C. Hired Man M W
b. Sweden Father/Mother b. Sweden Native Language -
English Able to read/write
Attended school Laborer Schedule 2
1920 U.S. Census: Sonoma
County, CA, Ward 4, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa Twp, 17 Jan 1920, #454, Dwelling 441,
JENSEN, Henry C Head
M W 37 Married Able to
read/write/speak b. NE Father/Mother b.
Denmark Rent/Farmer/General Farm/Em
F W 34 Married Able to
read/write/speak b. NE Father/Mother b. Sweden
Elihu M. Son M
W 8 Single At
b. NE Father/Mother b. NE
1930 U.S. Census: Cuming
City Twp, Washington County, NE, p. 6A, Enumeration Dist: 89-5,
Supervisor's District No. 3, Enumerated on April 23-24, 1930 by Ira G Baxter
Dwelling 109/Family 109
JENSEN, Henry Head Home
owned/rented? G Radio Set? R Live on a farm? Y
State: 69 Country: 07 Nativity: 0
Occupation: Supt Drainage District 73X1
Class or Worker: W Veteran? No Farm Schedule #97
M W 47 Married at 24 b. NE Father:
Den Mother: Den
Esther Wife F W 44
Married at 20 b. NE Father: Swe Mother:
Merton Son M W 19
b. NE Father: NE Mother: NE
Cuming City Township News, 24 Nov 1903; Blair Republican, 26 Nov
1903. Henry JENSEN has been offered a place in the Johnson Concert
Band at Blair an presume he will accept. Henry is a good first cornet
player and the band will make no mistake in procuring his services.
Article, Blair Newspaper, 1956. Henry C.
JENSENs Celebrate Anniversary Christmas Day. Mrs. and Mrs. Henry C.
JENSEN observed their 50th Wedding Anniversary Tuesday, December 25th at
their home north of Blair. 125 friends and relatives called during the
afternoon and evening to extend congratulations. During the afternoon
their granddaughters Judy JENSEN and Jane JENSEN poured coffee and
served ice cream. Their niece, Marjorie HOOKS of Hyattsville,
Maryland served the wedding cake. Another granddaughter, Debbie JENSEN
had charge of the guest book. In the evening Mrs. JENSEN's sisters,
Mrs. Martin JACOBSON of Alliance, Mrs. Martin FELTHEIM and Mrs.
Herbert HURD of Belgrade, Nebraska were in charge of the serving table.
Mrs. Merton JENSEN and Mrs. Anna AHLERS, daughter-in-law and niece
respectively, were in charge of the kitchen. Mrs. JENSEN was Esther
JACOBSON before her marriage on December 25th, 1906. Mr. and Mrs.
JENSEN have one son, Mertyon and three granddaughters. They have
lived on a farm in various parts of Washington County all their married lives
with the exception of one year in California and a brief time in the city of
Blair. Mr. JENSEN served as a supervisor of the
Burt-Washington County Drainage District for twenty-five years. He was a
member of the Board of Directors for thirty-five years and served as president
of the district for twenty-seven years. He and his son have farmed
together for the past few years. Both Mr. and Mrs. JENSEN have been
active in the O.E.S. having served as Matron and Patron. They are members
of the Blair Baptist Church.
Article, Blair Newspaper, 1968. Henry JENSEN Enjoys His Home
Workshop. Caption under first picture: Henry JENSEN stands
before the shat and belt line in his shop. The belt line was used before
electric motors became common. Caption under second picture: Mrs.
JENSEN has saved the thread spools which she has emptied during her married
life. Henry has strung them to make a chain. Article text:
Henry JENSEN, who will be 86 years old on Christmas Day, has decided on a
workshop as his retirement hobby, and spends much of his leisure time there
"just fixing things." Actually, Mr. JENSEN has one of the oldest
workshops in the county. In 1913, Henry JENSEN, with his two
brothers Ed and Albert, who all lived close by, about a half mile north of Dana
College, decided they would like electric service. So the three built
their own service line north from the College and received current from the City
of Blair. The farms are still on the Blair lines. Separate electric
motors on appliances were not then common, so Mr. JENSEN fixed up a shaft
and belt line in his shop, from which he ran the washer, the church, the cream
separator, and a grindstone. The belt line is still intact, but is seldom
used now. In his workshop, Mr. JENSEN has a roll-top desk which he
bought from the Stanley Pierce Furniture Store before 1918. The desk is
still in excellent condition. They have in their house an oak dining table
bought from the Pierce store, also in excellent shape. Mr. JENSEN
said that he started last June "fixing things." One of his projects was
the restoration of a dining room chair which was a wedding present 62 years ago.
He has also restored a wardrobe which is over 100 years old. Henry
JENSEN was very active on the board of the Burt-Washington Drainage
District, serving as a director for 35 years and as chairman for 28 of those
years. He was the maintenance supervisor for 23 years and spent many
anxious hours on the levees during times of high water. He and his sister,
Mrs. Myrtle VOSS of Blair, are the only two survivors of a family of 13.
He and his wife have lived most of their married life in the home they now
occupy. His father, Soren JENSEN, settled on the Harold JENSEN
farm near Orum just 100 years ago. (Handwritten note under the picture
(Esther JENSEN's handwriting): 86 feet long over 800 spools)
(Handwritten note at the bottom of the article (Esther JENSEN's
handwriting): Our niece Mrs. RHOADES sent their photographer out to
take our picture. The spool I'm holding first one is mostly wood.
The next one 1920 spool 5 cents had more thread not so much wood)
Blair Pilot Tribune, 25 Dec 1969: Mr. and Mrs. Henry C.
JENSEN Wed for 63
Years. Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. JENSEN observed their 63rd Wedding
Anniversary on Christmas Day at their home north of Blair. It was also the
87th birthday of Mr. JENSEN. Mr. JENSEN still drives his car
and they both keep busy with several hobbies they have enjoyed through the
years. They have one son, Merton, three granddaughters and two
Henry JENSEN, James Peter's younger brother,
wrote a letter to Jack JENSEN in 1970, as follows: Blair Neb, Dec. 20 -
1970. My Dear Great Grand nephews & nieces. How nice to receive
your card. I have enjoyed my visits with you more than you think. It
reminds me of one time I was visiting with your grandad Pete. He told me
how he regretted meeting many of his nephews on the street without even a hello,
except Merton who always met him with a hearty Hi Uncle Pete. Mom & I
wish you and your fine family A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am
sending you this picture which you might like in your school records. Your
Uncle Hank. (See
Letter c. 11 Jul <1973. Esther (JACOBSON)
JENSEN to Mildred (KINGDON) MILLER. Text: Good
Shepherd Home, Blair, Nebr. Congratulations on your birthday. Dear
Mildred, No I hadn't forgotten your birthday but I'm so slow getting around to
do things. I'm getting so lazy I just seem to want someone else to do for
me. I still can't but my weight on my legs they just buckle under me.
I've given up what would I want to walk for anyway I can't do anything.
It's not as bad as it sounds. They really take care of me here.
Henry came Dec. 14 1972. So we get together in his room and play cribbage
and look at ball games. His sister Myrtle is here too. There are a
lot of nice people here. I'm reconciled to live here to the end of the
line. I've been pretty good except for a little upset last week with my
stomach. The food here is so good I enjoy going to the dining room and eat
what I haven't cooked. I might be like the little boy who said "Mommy I
wish I could have a pain in my stomach that didn't hurt so much. I'm in
the infirmary so have a roommate. Henry is able to walk so he has a room
of his won. He has the old Desoto here and drives out to the farm and
Merton's and Judy's that help pass the time for him and he has a lost a lot of
weight now. Also still has all his hair. He looks wonderful, wants
to go back to the old place but there isn't anything in the house. He
couldn't live out there alone. Too much of a worry for Merton too.
Mert farms and works at the A.S.C. office part time and June and July he is
assessor's helper, so he is sure busy. Betty works for Miller Roland
appliance too part time. Judy, Rollie, Chris & Carri are fine. Jane
and her husband Joe were here this summer for Debbie's graduation. She has
a job on the teachers staff at Hastings for retarded children and has work ?
[missing word]. Think of all you kids as next ? bring babies up.
Love, Aunt Esther.
Pilot Tribune, 9 Jan 1978 (55 Years Ago 1923): Henry and Pete JENSEN, and
Peter M. TYSON were in Lincoln opposing the proposed drainage bill.
Blair Pilot Tribune, 9 Jan 1978 (55 Years Ago 1923): Officers of the Blair
Band Association were: Earl FLEEGE Pres; Archie ANDERSEN Sec-Tres.; E.M.
BEATY V-P; Henry JENSEN, Leader; Professor W.H. VAN CLEAVE, Tekamah, Instructor.
Blair Pilot Tribune, 13 Mar 1978 (55 Years Ago 1923): Henry C.
family had moved into Blair from the farm.
Blair Pilot Tribune, 13 Aug 1984 (60 Years Ago 1924): World Herald:
"Mobilization day for the Jensen family of Blair, which boasts 210 members
was Wednesday when 150 members of the family group attended the bi-yearly picnic
of the family at Elmwood Park."
Blair Pilot Tribune, 11 Jun 1984 (60 Years Ago 1924): Mr. and Mrs. Henry
JENSEN made $100 profit from strawberries they raised in a tract 100 feet
Picture of part of the article detailed above, with Esther JENSEN's
writing on it.
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