Tuesday, 16th of September 1997, St. Paul-Faribault.
At first the weather was cloudy, but soon it started raining, at some
places hard. The temperature was around 20 oC (68 oF).
We went to the Minnesota History Center in the morning. In census 1920
we found something about Lars Peter Jensen,
who was the husband of Christine Petrea,
my grandfather’s paternal aunt, and their two sons Christian
Martinus and Holger:
Lars Peter and Christine Petrea emigrated to USA in 1882, and they were
naturalized in 1897. They had a farm i Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota.
In the 1920 census it says:
Jensen, Lars P., head of family, owner of
his home, which was free, 70 years old, able to read and write, born in
Denmark, Danish parents, able to speak English, farmer, on own farm,
According to Martinus Kinnerup Lars P. Jensen’s wife, Christine Petrea,
died around 1912. If the census is right, Lars P. then would have married
a 30 years younger lady. But there have later been made corrections on
the census papers, so therefore Christ M. is undoubtedly Lars P.’s and
Christine Petrea’s son Christian Martinus. The cause of mistake is, that
at first the field "relationship to the head of the family" was filled
in "wife". Afterwards they have corrected both sex and married state
to “wife” respectively “married”, to make everything right (which is wrong!).
Jensen, Christ M., wife, 40 years old, able
to read and write, born in Denmark, Danish parents, able to speak English,
labourer on the farm.
In 1920 Holger lived in Albert Lea in Minnesota.
He was a lodger together with 5 other men in 210 Broadway. He was born
in Minnesota in 1887, he was single, able to read and write, born in Minnesota,
Danish parents, able to speak English, and he was employed as a superintendant
in a corset factory.
Martinus’s brother Ludvig (Louis) and his family are not mentioned anywhere
in Minnesota in census 1920, they must have lived in another state at that
We also found out, in which church my mother Martha had been baptized:
East Emanuel Evangelical Norwegian Church.
It was supposed to be located at the address: The crossroads of Jessie
Street and Lawson Avenue. We drove to the place. Now it is a residential
neighbourhood and the church is a private home. But we thought, that the
house looked like an old church without its tower. It was raining, and
we were just about to leave the place, when we saw, that the owner of the
house came home. We knocked at the door and asked, if this was a former
Norwegian church. It was, said the owner and invited us to come inside.
He and his wife had lived in the house for 5 years, and they had rebuilt
and modernized several rooms. But you could still make out, that once it
had been a church.
The picture shows the church, as it looks today.
In the afternoon we drove to Hastings, where we called my mother and brother.
Meanwhile, it was raining hard. Later we arrived at the Best Western Hotel
in Faribault. The Best Western Hotels in Rochester were fully ocupied,
therefore we had to stay in Faribault.