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Christ Jensen, who owns a farm of a hundred and eighty acres in Douglas township, Audubon county, Iowa, and who is a well-known farmer and stockman of this township, was born, April 16, 1864, the son of Christian and Karsen Christians, both of whom spent all their lives in their native land, Denmark. Christian Christians owned a small farm of twenty-seven acres in Denmark. He served in the war of 1864 between Germany and Denmark as a private soldier, and died in his native land. Christian and Karsen Christians were the parents of four children, Mary, Christ, Jens and Sophia.

Christ Jensen attended school in Denmark until fourteen years of age, when he began working out. After working out for two or three years he came to America, landing in New York City. From there he traveled to Independence, Iowa, where he worked on a farm and in the timber for two years. At the end of this time he moved to Shelby county and purchased eighty acres of land, where he lived until 1892, when he sold out his farm and all property and bought a farm in section 15, of Douglas township, Audubon county, comprising eighty acres. Mr. Jensen paid twenty dollars an acre for the farm, and since this time has been increasing his holdings of farm land until he now owns one hundred and eighty acres. He has invested some four thousand dollars in all kinds of improvements and his farm is especially well drained. His principal crops are corn and small grain.

In 1890 Christ Jensen was married to Mary Jensen, daughter of Louis Jensen, a citizen of Elkhorn. To them have been born seven children, John, Lydia, Larson, Joseph, Alex, Alvin and Ella. John married Pearl Cofman and they live in Audubon. The remainder of the family are living at home. Two of the children are attending school.

A member of the Danish Lutheran church, Mr. Jensen has been secretary and trustee of the congregation for the past ten years. He is a Republican in politics, and has served as school director for one year and as road supervisor for three or four years.

Not only is Christ Jensen well known as a farmer, but he is well known as an enterprising and valuable citizen of Douglas township. Like so many of his fellow countrymen he has become thoroughly accustomed to the ways and manners of this country, and no land is nearer and dearer to him than America, and no flag is more beautiful than the stars and stripes.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, March 30, 2013 from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 657-658.

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