|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1849|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1927|
Thomas departed Hamburg Germany in 1869 on a Passenger ship called Silesia, destination USA. He arrived 6 July 1869 in New York.
Naturalization was 16 Feb 1878.
His residences were -- 1870 Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa. 1872 Lousiana. 1876 San Francisco. 1878 Snohomish Co, WA where he homesteaded. 1880 Centreville, WA (which is now Stanwood, WA). 1883 thru death Silvana, Snohomish, WA.
Thomas Jensen, who immigrated from Germany in 1869. He spent several 1/4 years doing carpentry work in Louisiana and Iowa before going to San Francisco. He also worked in a sugar beet factory in Greely, Colo. In 1878, he came up the Stillaquamish River by canoe, paddled by the Indians he hired for that purpose. Thomas filed a 160 acre homestead claim in Silvana. Spring and Summers were spent working his claim, and during the winters he returned to San Francisco to earn money by doing carpentry work. There he met and married Johanna. They had two daughters, Dora and Martha. The Jensen family and a neighbor each donated 1/4 acre of land for a school and helped build it. A few years later a second school was built and their daughters became the first eighth grader graduates of the Island School in 1904. Community -spirited Jensen was active in the cooperative movement to solve the agricultural marketing problems, serving as president of the board of both the Silvana and Arlington cooperative stores. He helped found the Arlington
Creamery Association and served as president during the early 1900's.
William Grimm, nicknamed "WG", was born in Kirchen,
Germany, raised in Utica, New York and became a geologist by trade. In 1904, on his way to Alaska in the search of gold, he stopped in Seattle. He answered an advertisement from an employment office for a farmhand. He hiked from Seattle up to the Jensen homestead in Silvana. Within two years he leased the north 80 acres from Thomas. And in 1907, WG married Dora and moved into the original Jensen small frame house. He often worked on Sunday's at a hog fuel plant for extra often worked on Sunday's at a hog fuel plant for extra money. In 1910, he purchased the 80 acres he had been leasing and built a large dairy barn, horse barn, pig shed, chicken house, and other out buildings. His dairy barn was equipped with one of the first milking machines in the county.
Inspired by his father-in-law's efforts, Grimm helped found the Snohomish County Dairyman's Association and was elected to be it's first president. (Eventually it became known as Darigold, and now the cooperative is named Northwest Dairy Association as it markets milk products as WestFarm Foods with Darigold as brand name.) He was asked to serve as it's manager and did so from 1920 to 1946. During war times, farmers were encouraged their herds to produce more milk. However, after the war and due to the surplus milk, they couldn't sell their milk. George remembers that WG organized the dairies and started a creamery - Peas and Turner Creamery was in Arlington and Town Tavern Creamery was in Silvana. Also, he served as the general manager of Pioneer United Dairyman's Association located at 26th and Broadway in Everett (now a hobby shop).
Johanna Marie Jens Jensen (1854 - 1921)*
Dora Jensen Grimm (1887 - 1960)*
Martha Jensen (1888 - 1939)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered into the Stillaguamish River near Granite Falls, Snohomish, WA
Created by: Lokin4Sun
Record added: Mar 08, 2013
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