Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/12/2010 at 13:58:55
John Jensen, engaged in the cultivation of the William Bakely farm in Amaqua township, comprising a tract of 160 acres on section 35, was born in Denmark, October 7, 1865, and is a son of Anders and Sina Jensen, who are also natives of that country. The father made farming his life work and has always continued a resident of Denmark, where he is now living retired, making his home with a daughter. His wife passed away in 1898.
John Jensen spent his youthful days in his native country and pursued his education in its public schools. His oppotunites in that direction were somewhat meager, however, for when thirteen years of age he left the home to earn his own living as a farm hand. He was thus employed until 1889, or until he was 24 years of age, when he bade adieu to friends and native land and sought a home in the new world. Landing on American shores, he pushed and sought a home in the new world. Landing on American shores, he pushed his way into the interior of the country, settling at Ogden, Boone county, where he began work as a farm hand, being thus employed for four years. Desiring that his labors would more directly benefit himself, he then rented the Earl farm in Beaver township, which he operated for a year. He next rented the William Bakely farm in Amaqua townhip and has since operated it, covering a period of nineteen years. He is now cultivating only 160 acres, which tract is situated on section 35. At a former date, however, he engaged more largely in this work. He has extended the scope of his activities in other dirctions, for in October, 1913, he joined William Bakely in the conduct of a grain and coal busines in Ogden under the firm style of Jensen & Company, in which connection he has already built up a big trade.
On November 30, 1889, Mr Jensen was united in marriage to Miss May Christensen, a daughter of Mels and Catherina (Jensen) Christensen, who were natives of Denmark. The father followed farming in his native country, where he is still living. Unto Mr and Mrs Jensen have been born four children: Clarence, thirteen years of age, Roy and Floyd, twins, aged eleven, and Freeman, aged seven. The religious faith of the family is that of the Lutheran church, to which they are most loyal ,and the political belif of Mr Jensen is that of the republican party, for he feels that its platform, contains the best elements of good government. He is today a loyal and partiotic American citizen, having the same attachment for the land of his adoption as those who have been born under the stars and stripes. He has never regretted his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found good opportunites, which he has improved and is today one of the substantial citizens of Ogden and Amaqua township.
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