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Chris G. Jensen 1882-1961

JENSEN, SCHULTZ, HEGGEN, WHITACRE

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/26/2011 at 00:12:52

Chris Jensen Succumbs to Heart Attack
Chris G. Jensen, 78, former co-owner of the Estherville Iron Works, did suddenly yesterday about 9:15 p.m. after suffering a heart attack at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Whitacre, with whom he had made his home for the past several years.

Mr. Jensen had been in failing health for some time due to a heart condition, but had been up and about as usual prior to the fatal attack.

Born March 15, 1882 in Denmark, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jensen. He attended school in Denmark and at the age of 17 arrived in the United States in 1898. He went at once to the home of his brother, Paul Jensen, in Nebraska, and lived there for a year until in1899 when his brother moved to Iowa and the Buffalo Center area. In Buffalo Center, Mr. Jensen operated a blacksmith shop.

He was married to Elizabeth Schultz of Buffalo Center on Jan. 26, 1910. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Jensen lived on farms in the Buffalo Center, Swea City and Armstrong areas where Mr. Jensen was engaged in farming in partnership with his brother, Paul.

In 1924 Mr. and Mrs. Jensen and their family moved to Estherville where Mr. Jensen and Carl Mickelson opened and operated the Estherville Iron Works. He continued in business until his retirement in 1954.

Mrs. Jensen died in November, 1949, and since that time Mr. Jensen and the Whitacre family had made their home together.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lewis (Elizabeth) Heggen and Mrs. Whitacre (Pauline), both of Estherville; one son, Ralph of Rapids City, S.D.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Jensenís other brothers and sisters remained in Denmark and relatives here do not know whether or not they are still living.

Funeral services have been set for Thursday with a family service at 10 a.m. at Sandin-Fuhrman Funeral Home. Services at 2 pm. Will be held at the First Methodist Church, the Rev. William R. Noland officiating. Burial is to be in the East Side cemetery.

Friends may call at Sandin-Fuhrman Funeral Home from tomorrow until Thursday noon at which time the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until time of services. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, February 14, 1961)


 

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