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.
SIMON P. JENSEN resides about
two miles north of Wilbur on one of the finest estates in this part of
Washington. He was born in Vaida, Denmark, on August 5, 1863, the
son of Jens and Anna (Christensen) Nilson, natives of Denmark. After
a good education in the common schools of his own country, Mr. Jensen came
to Portland, Oregon, and was employed there for a time and in 1886, took
a homestead in Klickitat county, Washington. After proving up on
this, he sold it and then came to Wilbur and bought a section of land.
Later he bought three-fourths of a section more, making him in all over
a thousand acres of good wheat land. When Mr. Jensen landed in America
he was without money but by his industry and ability has amassed a comfortable
fortune and built an elegant home. His residence is one of the finest
in Lincoln county and is a credit to his thrift and excellent judgment.
In 1897, Mr. Jensen married Miss Edith, daughter
of John and Christina (Sorensen) Matsen, natives of Denmark. Mrs.
Jensen was born in Denmark, on September 19, 1880, and came with her parents
to Klickitat county, Washington, in 1888. To them three children
have been born, Albert, Kenneth, and Rosco. Mr. Jensen is a member
of the Odd Fellows and an ex-president of the Danish Brotherhood.
The example that Mr. Jensen has set for industry and sagacity is excellent
and the reward that he has reaped in his large estate and elegant home
are justly his. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are highly esteemed members of
society and have a host of friends.