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 Co., 1904.
HARRY JENSEN, who lives about
two miles west from Sprague, on an estate of nearly one thousand acres,
is to be classed with the rich farmers of Lincoln county. He was
born in Schleswig Holstein, Germany, on May 27, 1848, the son of Peter
and Ingeborg (Petersen) Jensen, natives of our subject's birthplace, where
also they both died. Harry received a common school education then
left Germany. For eight years, he was a seaman on sailing vessels
from Germany, Denmark and Sweden. In 1868, he came to New York and
learned the trade of mason, which he has followed in all parts of the country
for thirty years. On May 9, 1882, he landed in Lincoln county and
took a portion of his present place as a home. Since that time, he
has given his attention to his trade and to general farming and the result
is that he has a fine property at this time. When Mr. Jensen landed
in this county, he was without means except plenty of grit and a good strong
physique. He now has the estate mentioned above, with bands of cattle,
plenty of horses, machinery and all improvements that are needed on a first
class estate. He has excellent buildings, besides a fine two story,
nine room residence, which is one of the choice home places in this section
of the county.
In April, 1873, Mr. Jensen married Miss Regina,
daughter of Henry and Lucy (Von Thyton) Glashoff, natives of Hanover,
where they died. The father was a general contractor. Mr. Jensen
has the following brothers and sisters, Hannah, Mrs. Dewell, Mrs. Margaret
Schus, Mrs. Sophia Houson. Mrs. Jensen has two sisters, Anna Styre
and Johanna Washmeyer. To Mr. and Mrs. Jensen, seven children have
been born, Mrs. Hannah Underwood, Roscoe, Detleff, Gus, George, Dora andClaude.
Mr. Jensen is a member of the I. O. O. F. and he and his wife belong to
the Congregational church.