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 Andrew H Hensley

Andrew H Hensley

Birth
California, USA
Death 9 Dec 1988 (aged 81)
Madera County, California, USA
Burial Madera, Madera County, California, USA
Plot Blk 5 Row 3
Memorial ID 62714936 · View Source
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information extracted from his 1988 obituary in The Fresno Bee.
He was born in 1907 to a well-known pioneer family in Madera County. His grandparents came to Madera from Missouri by covered wagon in the early 1800s and made their home on the part of the Fresno River that is now known as Hensley Lake. Hensley Lake is a man-made lake that sits between Raymond and Madera on Road 400 and is fed by the Fresno River. The lake was formerly known as Hidden Dam-Hidden Lake, but in the late 1970s the Madera Historical Society received a letter from Washington D.C. granting a request to change the lake's name to Hensley Lake.

Andrew Hensley remained near the Fresno River, first working as a flume tender there with The Sugar Pine Lumber Company from the late 1920s until the mid-30s. A flume is a water way that carries lumber, and the flume tenders were responsible for keeping the logs from jamming on the river as well as diverting water out of the Fresno River.

He was one of the first men who worked on building the Friant Dam during the late 1930s and early 1940s and later became an operating engineer working on projects at Edison Lake, Huntington Lake and Courtwright Lake.

Mr. Hensley was one of the founders of the Madera Historical Society and helped build a replica of a section of the flume he had worked on in one of the rooms of the Madera Courthouse Park Museum.

He also served for several years as a constable in North Fork during the mid-1940s and in 1978 he was crowned king in the annual Old Timer's Day Celebration sponsored by the Madera Historical Society.

He was a lifetime member and past noble grand of the Oddfellows Lodge in Madera and a volunteer for the senior citizens Wheels on Meals program in Madera County for several years.

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  • Created by: Rose
  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62714936
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew H Hensley (5 Dec 1907–9 Dec 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62714936, citing Arbor Vitae Cemetery, Madera, Madera County, California, USA ; Maintained by Rose (contributor 46948525) .