|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1862, Denmark|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1942|
Hans Boker Jensen
ALSO KNOWN AS OLD UNCLE
Half Brother of SOREN MADSEN MEYER
Brother of ANNA MARGARET BROWN
From Lake Benton News
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Hans Meyer home and the Danish Lutheran Church of Diamond Lake for Hans B. Jensen. The Rev H. Ibsen officiated. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
The following life sketch was written by Mathias Andersen:
Hans Boker Jensen was born in Thorsager Sogn, northeast of Aarhus, Denmark, Feb. 7, 1862. While in Denmark he learned the trade of shoemaker and worked at this for a number of years in the little town of Ronde.
In 1885 he emigrated to America, going directly to his brother's Soren Meyer, at Chebances, Ill. He worked for farmers there for a couple of years, later going to Alta, Ia. In 1889 he came to Minnesota where he obtained work at Soren Meyer and Anders Nielsen homes. He was inclined to like traveling and soon went to California where he had employment at various places, but work was not very steady.
Later, he was employed at a sugar factory at Watsonville, Calif. Here he worked steady for 12 hours daily. The machinery never stopped and he could only leave his work when relieved by another to take his place.
He, however, grew tired of being tied down for a continuous twelve hours and so he, together with Peter Kirkeminde, a cousin of Mr. Andersen's, left for Lake Benton. Upon arrival here, they purchased a piece of prairie land in Diamond Lake and started farming.
After a few years, Mr. Jensen sold his farm to Peter Lund of Cedar Falls, Ia. In 1905 he made a visit to his homeland, Denmark, visiting his relatives and relatives and friends of Mathias Andersen.
Upon his return to the United States he went to Everett, Wash. Where he and Peter Kirkemindes obtained work in a shingle mill. This venture did not progress, so the mill was sold and the whole company, Ludvig Anderson and sons, Hans Jensen, Peter and Christian Kirkeminde went Montana where they homesteaded in Hill country. All went well for a time, but when the drought came, they found it necessary to leave.
Hans Jensen left Montana in 1914 returning to Lake Benton, to the home of Hans Meyer and his sister, Anna, and this remained his home until his death. This was the home he always returned to, and to where he was most
He lived a simple life. He was always a cheerful giver, and donated to the Danish Lutheran church, of which he was a member, and to many other things whenever solicited. He died August 7, 1942, at the age of 80 years
and 6 months.
To the above sketch may be added that Hans B. Jensen was a very active man for his age, having had no illness until a few weeks preceding his death.
He was one of five members of the Danish Lutheran church who were feted in honor of their 80th birthdays in May. Soon after this his health began
to fail, and he became bedridden, remaining there until his death.
He leaves to mourn his passing, three nephews, Hans and Chris Meyer of Lake Benton; Peter Meyer of Sioux Falls; four nieces, Anna Meyer of Lake Benton, Mrs. Ruth Kjaer (in Denmark), Mrs. Schnell of Tyler, and Mrs. Soren
Petersen of Lake Benton, together with their families; also a host of friends who will deeply miss "Old Uncle" as he was always known to everyone.
All in the community extend sympathy to the bereaved ones.
Hans B. Jensen was born the 7th of February, 1862 in Denmark, and was a brother of Soren Meyer. While in Denmark, he was a shoemaker. In 1884 he came to America to be with his brother, Soren Meyer, and came to Lake Benton in 1889
He was a bachelor and perhaps that was one reason he traveled a great deal. He lived in many states; namely Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, California, Montana, Washington and Minnesota. In California he worked on farms, for a time he worked in a sawmill and also a sugar factory in Watsonville. This was one of the hardet jobs as he hd to work continually 12 hours at a time until another man ame to take over his job.
Luckly for Hans there was war between railroad companies so that railroad fares were reduced. Hans and Peter Kirkeminde could then come to Lake Benton for $30 where they each purchased 80 acres of land and started farming.
Hans Jensen sold his farm after a few years to Peter Lund from Cedar Falls, Iowa and went to Denmark for a visit with relatives. After he came back to America, he went to Washington and worked at a shingle mill. Later, he went to Montana where he homesteaded. After he left Montana he came back to Lake Benton and made his home with his nephew and niece, Hans and Anna Meyer. Since both had the name "Hans" he was always called "Uncle Hans."
He was taken ill the summer after the festivities on May 10, 1942 for the five old members of the congregation and passed away in August 1942 at the age of 80 years and 6 months.
Research from Aase Windeballe in Denmark 9/2007;
Hans Bødker Jensen was born in Thorsager February 7, 1862, and christened on July 27, 1862. His parents were Jens Hansen and Mette Kirstine Sørensdatter. According to the church book his father's name was Jens Hansen. The way it
is written means that they were married, but I have not been able to find their marriage yet.
He was with sister Anna (age 52) and husband John D. Brown (age 69) and children Anna (age 12), and Jensine (age 9) in the 1910 census in Hope Township of Lincoln County. bib
Diamond Lake Cemetery
Created by: Chris Wimmer
Record added: May 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37521049