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Information for Cornelius Peter Jensma
13 June, 1877 - 3 June, 1930
Article transcribed from
The History of Idaho,
The Gem of the Mountains, Vol. II
Pg. 875
by James Henry Hawley
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1920
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Note - Buried in Kohlerlawn Cemetery,
Nampa, Canyon Co., Idaho

C. P. Jensma

     A native of Friesland, Holland. C. P. Jensma is a worthy representative of that sturdy stock of seafarers and merchants in this country. He was born June 13, 1877, and attended the common and high schools of Friesland. At the age of eighteen he took up dairying with his father, in which line the latter was successfully engaged. Two years later, at the age of twenty, C. P. Jensma came to the United States and made his way to Galveston, Texas, although at that time he did not expect to remain in this country, but to some extent intended to study it and its history. After he had become acquainted with a number of its institutions, interests and advantages, however, he concluded to remain. His next move took him to Chicago and from there he sought the far west, going to Spokane, Washington, where he became connected with the Walla Walla Creamery Company, at the same time taking a course in agriculture at the State College of Washington at Pullman.
     The year 1907 witnessed Mr. Jensma's arrival in Nampa, Idaho. Here he found conditions that at once interested him because of his thorough experience in dairying and agriculture not only in this country but in the old world. The Cooperative Creamery, which had completely failed under its previous management, was revived under the name of the Jensma Creamery and it has become one of the most successful enterprises of Nampa and vicinity. A considerable amount of the product is shipped outside of the state, in fact is sold throughout the entire northwest in wholesale lots. The company ships annually about five hundred thousand pounds of butter, thousands of gallons of ice cream and many cars of produce, including poultry. They employ twenty-five people. Their supplies are purchased direct from the farmers and buying stations are maintained throughout the state. Their plant is located at the corner of Ninth and First South streets. The great success of this important enterprise is entirely due to the business initiative and long experience of Mr. Jensma, who found here a productive field for his talents.
     Mr. Jensma was united in marriage to Emma Hannan, of Portland, Oregon, and to them has been born a daughter, Elizabeth. The family are highly esteemed in Nampa, where they have many friends. The father and mother of our subject, who ever remained residents of Friesland. Holland, have passed away.
     Mr. Jensma has become a public-spirited and valuable American citizen. In his political affiliation he is a republican and he has taken an important part in party work although he has never sought nor desired office. There is great credit due him for what he has achieved as he has made his way in this country practically unassisted and now occupies an important position in Nampa as owner of one of the large and prosperous industrial enterprises of his district.