Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
LEWIS JENSEN. Douglas
county has her full share of wide awake and progressive farmers, who have
taken hold with their hands and have developed the country to such an extent
that the claims taken years since are now well tilled and valuable farms.
Among this class of excellent citizens, we are constrained to mention the
subject of this article, whose labors and life are exemplary and who has
not only done much to build up the interests of the county but has also
stimulated many others in this good work.
Lewis Jensen was born in Sjaelland, Denmark,
on May 12, 1843, the son of Jens and Kersten (Larsen) Andersen, natives
of Denmark. The parents removed to Illinois in 1869 and the father
died in Nebraska, in 1887. Our subject was educated in the public
schools of his native place and when he had arrived at young manhood's
estate joined the regular army where he served for eighteen months.
In 1869, he came with his parents to Illinois and farmed in that state
for eleven years. Next he spent seven years in tilling the soil in
Howard county, Nebraska, whence in 1887, he came to this county and took
land where he now lives. The next year he brought his family to dwell
on the land and has since resided here. Mr. Jensen has since bought
considerable land and he now owns about a section and one half of well
improved and fertile land. In addition to general farming, he has
given considerable attention to raising stock and has some fine animals,
among which may be mentioned a magnificent Shire stallion, which weighs
eighteen hundred pounds. Two or three others are associated with
Mr. Jensen in the ownership of this animal and they take a pardonable pride
in the fact that he has won several blue ribbons.
Mr. Jensen is one of three children and the
other two are Martin and Mrs. Secilia Mark. The marriage of our subject
and Miss Anna M. Nelson occurred in Illinois, on April 22, 1876.
Mrs. Jensen was born in Denmark, on November 18, 1855 and has one brother,
Jens Nelsen. To our subject and his wife the following named children
have been born: Maria, in Illinois, on January 24, 1877, and now the wife
of J. Brownfield. Jens W., in Illinois, on December 14, 1879; Nels G.,
in Nebraska, on March 1, 1881; Martina O., in Nebraska, on January 4, 1883;
Christian W., in Nebraska, on February 12, 1885; Louis J., in this county,
on October 26, 1888; Carl M., in Douglas county, on April 3, 1891; Ella
G., in this county, on October 5, 1895; Pearl M., in this county, on May
26, 1898. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are members of the Lutheran church
and stand well in the community.