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1. Mr. Christensen .

Mr. Christensen married Elsie Unknown.

Elsie immigrated to the United States with her 2nd husband (Mr. Eriksen)and lived in Omaha, Nebraska. She died about

Children from this marriage were:

   2 M    i. Chris Christensen was a baker by trade.

   3 M    ii. Soren Christensen was a baker by trade.

   4 F    iii. Mary Christensen .

   5 F    iv. Christina Christensen.  Christina stayed in Denmark.

   6 F    v. Lena Christensen . Lena lived in Minnesota.

   7 F    vi. Laura Christensen . Laura lived in California.

   8 F    vii. Katrina Christensen .  Katrina lived in California.

   9 M    viii. Martinas Christensen . Martinas lived in California, and may have changed his name.

   10 F    ix. Agnes Christensen .

+ 11 M    x. Peter Christian Christensen was born on 18 May 1884 in Dostrop Hede, Copenhagen, Denmark, died on 3 Feb 1960 in Harlingen, Cameron co., Texas, at age 75, and was buried on 5 Feb 1960 in Roosevelt Memorial Park Cemetery, Gardena, Los Angeles co., California.


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11. Peter Christian Christensen  was born on 18 May 1884 in Dostrop Hede,  near Copenhagen, Denmark.  He was one of 12 children born to his father, a mail carrier, and his mother, Elsie.  The family was poor, and as soon as the children reached the age of 10, they were sent out to work for other families.  Their father died, and their mother remarried Mr. Eriksen.  Eventually the entire family immigrated to the United States, with the exception of one sister, who married and raised her family in Denmark.

Pete may have made more than one trip to the United States.  It was said that he first came to this country at the age of 17, about 1901, and lived with an uncle in Iowa.  The first documentation of his arrival in the United States occurred in 1908, when he set sail from Copenhagen on Feb. 27, aboard the Oscar II.  Apparently he did not intend to stay; he was listed as a "non-immigrant alien" on the original ship manifest.  He was headed for Council Bluffs, Iowa, to join his brother (or step-brother), Jens Christian Jensen.  This was his third trip to the United States.  He was described as being 5'6", with fair hair and blue eyes.

Pete was a baker by trade, and was part owner of Bell Bakery in Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota, with his partner, Clarence Bell, a partnership began on Sept. 30, 1908.  He married Gabriella (Ella) Alfhilde Monsen, a young Norwegian immigrant working as a household servant, on May 6, 1911, at the home of Clarence and Tilda Bell.  Ella was born on 27 Jul 1884 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway, to Gabriel Monsen and Alvilda Marie Olsen

Pete sold out his interest in the bakery in 1920, and purchased a 160 acre farm southwest of Huron.  He raised cattle, hogs, and grain for feed.  He later added another 160 acres.   In 1948 they sold the farm and moved to Gardena, Los Angeles co., California, where he worked in a metal shop making parts of airplanes.  They lived there for 5 years before Ella died of a heart atack at her home at the age of 67, on 8 Apr 1952.

About September of 1959, he moved to the home of his daughter Edna Carey in Harlingen, Texas, where he died on 3 Feb 1960, at age 75, and was buried on 5 Feb 1960 in Roosevelt Memorial Park Cemetery, Gardena, Los Angeles co., California. The cause of his death was cerebral hemorrhage.  He may have been a member of the I.O.O.F., as that was where his funeral was held.  He was buried next to his wife at Roosevelt Memorial Park Cemetery in Gardena.

Children from this marriage were:

   12 F    i. Lillian Rose Christensen was born on 14 May 1912 in Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota.  She graduated from Huron High School in 1930, and was employed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  On 28 Dec 1935, she married William Frederick "Bill" Knutz Jr. , son of William Frederick Sr. Knutz and Elvirta May Graves, in Miller, Hand co., South Dakota.  William was born on 26 Dec 1911 in Beadle co., South Dakota.  They purchased a farm southwest of Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota.  Besides raising her children, tending to their home, helping in the fields and raising chickens, she was a pianist for the Bill Knutz Jr. Orchestra, playing for area barn dances for a number of years.  She belonged to the Clyde Central Ladies Club in Clyde township for many years.

On 8 May 1957, their farm home was hit by lightning, and burned to the ground.  They purchased a home in Huron, and Bill commuted to the farm daily until his retirement.

Lillian  died on 5 Mar 1991 in Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota, at age 78, and was buried on 9 Mar 1991 in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Beadle co., South Dakota.   Bill joined her on 8 Aug 1996, and is also buried at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

   13 M    ii. Raymond Christensen was born on 2 Feb 1914 in Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota.  In 1933, he and his future brother-in-law, Bill Knutz, went to Nebraska where they worked as farm hands.

Raymond was known for his wit and humor. Bill often told stories of their antics and practical jokes as young men. He, Lillian and Bill were close friends and frequently attended dances and other social functions together. He also played the fiddle. He was an insurance salesman and an agriculture student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis when he enlisted in the service during World War II.  He was a Flight Officer in a bomber squadron, and was killed in action over Sicily in 1944, at the age of 30.  He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.  There is a memorial stone for him in the Tablets of the Missing, in Florence, Italy.

The military magazine Stars and Stripes gave Flight Officer Raymond Christensen credit for helping to bag a German plane in the North African war zone in 1944.

   14 M    iii. Clarence Alvin Christensen was born on 12 Nov 1917 in Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota.  He graduated from Alpena High School on 19 May 1939, at Alpena, Jerauld co., South Dakota.  He entered the military during World War II, and was a Corporal in the 147th Field division of the U. S. Army, serving between 1941 and 1945.  He attended Huron College before relocating to California.

Clarence married Dolores Ann Sturzenbaum , daughter of John Sturzenbaum and Katrina Romahn, on 11 Dec 1949. Dolores was born on 22 Nov 1923 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles co., California. He worked for the City of Gardena, where they made their home, as an engineering aide for 18 years.  He died on 3 Sep 1967 in Huntington Beach, Orange co., California, at age 49, while changing a tire.

   15 F    iv. Edna Christensen was born on 2 Aug 1919 in Huron, Beadle co., South Dakota.  She graduated from Alpena High School in Alpena, Jerauld co., South Dakota on 25 May 1937.  She married John Barnet Carey, son of Lester John Carey and Lily Alice Winans, on 4 Sep 1937. John was born on 5 Nov 1918 in Fort Collins, Larimer co., Colorado.

They owned Carey Sheet Metal Company in Harlingen, Cameron co., Texas between 1948 and 1985, and Edna also kept the books.  She died on 8 May 1985 in Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Cameron co., Texas, at age 65, and was interred at Restlawn Mausoleum, Harlingen, Cameron co., Texas.

   16 F    v. Sylvia Christensen (living)

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