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Jens Christian Jensen

No more sturdy, honorable and progressive citizens have chosen Sonoma county as their adopted home when they come from foreign countries than the citizens from Germany. Among them we find Jens Christian Jensen, who was born on the island of Fohr, Sleswig, Germany, March 26, 1863, the son of Andreas and Maria (Nickelsen) Jensen, farmers on that fertile island. He was educated in the common schools of his native land until fifteen years of age when, in 1878, he came to California and at Haywards he found employment at farming, continuing for a period of ten years, when he made a trip back to his old home, visiting his people for four months.

On his return to the United States Mr. Jensen went to Nevada, following mining and milling, and became the amalgamator at a sixty-stamp mill on the Carson river. In 1891 he located in Petaluma and became an employe in the Pioneer laundry, three years later purchasing a half interest and still later the other half, since which time he has continued the business alone. From time to time he has added improvements and devices that go to the making of a successful and up-to-date laundry, his laundry being run by steam power. It is well named, as it is the oldest laundry in Petaluma. He is a member of the German Redmen, and politically is a Democrat. Mr. Jensen is a very active member of the German Evangelical church and is vice-president of the German branch of the Young People’s Club. By his energy and perseverance and close application to business he has been successful and has the confidence and esteem of the community.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011