I. ANNA MARIE CHRISTENSEN

born 21 Jan 1885 Cuppy's Grove
Shelby Co. IA

married 11 Aug 1909 Allen, Dixon Co. NE

died 4 Apr 1970 Elk Horn, Shelby Co. IA

Buried in Harlan Cemetery, IA

Was a teacher.

Liked embroidery, sewing crocheting, knit doilies, 4-H, music flowers

Member of Bethel Baptist Church

MARINUS LUND CHRISTENSEN

(both were named Christensen)

b. 28 Sept. 1875 Norresundby, Jutland,
DENMARK

d. 14 Jan 1953 Fullerton, CA - stroke

Buried in Harlan Cemetery, IA

Was a farmer.

Had prize animals

enjoyed church basketball, music

played harmonica, accordion, violin

first car 1914 Model T Ford

   

Marinus and Anna Christensen's story - by Irma

Anna was born in the Cuppy's Grove area South East of Harlan, Iowa.. Aunt Esther said she was a diligent worker and sacrificed her childhood to help her mother with the nine other living children. She learned the art of sewing from a lady in Harlan (Mrs. Young), and sewed for her mother and children in the home. Later she told her mother she wanted to be a school teacher. She needed an 8th grade diploma to take the Normal Training course in Cedar Falls, IA, so she went back to school, took and passed her 8th grade tests. She then went on to Cedar Falls for the Normal Training Course, passed the teacher's test and taught one year in the "South School". When her folks moved to Allen, Nebraska she taught school in that area, and later came back to Iowa to teach at Polk #7 in the Merrill's Grove area.

An airport has been built on the spot in Denmark where Marinus was born (his parents house). He came to the United States with his parents when he was six years old.

In 1909 their wedding was in her folks home at Allen, Nebraska.. Their first home was south of Marne, Iowa. Anna had saved her money and bought beautiful furniture for their home. Marinus had bought a farm near Rorbeck, Iowa in Clay Township. His folks lived on a farm adjoining his 1/2 mile east of Rorbeck. Later they switched places as there were more buildings on Grandpa's place. Earl, Irma, Irene and Emery were born on this place. They went to church in Merrill's Grove where Marinus was saved and baptized in the Danish Baptist Church. Anna had been baptized in the Danish Baptist Church in Cedar Falls.

They soon decided they needed more land so they purchased 240 acres in Jackson Township, Shelby County, and moved to their new home 6 miles east of Harlan called Bowman's Grove. Marinus and his father both sold their farms near Rorbeck. The Grandparents retired and moved to Harlan. These transactions all took place in 1917. Arlo and Arion were born in the new home in 1919 and 1920. They were always referred to as the "little boys", but both grew to be 6 feet 1 1/2 inches tall.

Earl and Irma started to school in 1917. All the six children went to Jackson #3 school and got their 8th grade diplomas from that school. All six then attended High School in Harlan. Irma and Irene took the Normal Training Course in Harlan H. S. and passed the teachers exam. They also attended summer school in Cedar Falls, IA.

They built a new house on the farm in 1929, installed a 32 volt Delco light plant, and an automatic water pressure pump. The new house had a bathroom on first floor and a shower in the basement. M. L. loved sports and made a large room in the basement two feet deeper than the other rooms so the children could play basketball there.

They had 8 miles to go to the church in Merrill's Grove so they decided to attend the closer Danish Baptist Church in Harlan. When Irma was saved in that church, M. L. moved his letter to Harlan and Anna moved her letter from Cedar Falls. All six children were saved and baptized in the Harlan church.

It was always their dream to travel so when they retired in Harlan they went to Europe visiting twelve countries - Scotland, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

They both loved music and encouraged Irma and Irene to play the organ (pedal), soon they purchased a piano for them to practice on.. They took lessons from S. Mae Harris in Harlan. Marinus was an excellent bass singer. He helped the family to sing different parts so they could sing in duets and quartets. He sang in a male quartet in their church,

They liked good livestock and raised purebred Shorthorn cattle, Doroc Jersey hogs and Rhode Island Red chickens. All were shown at the county fair. They also encouraged their children to be in 4H and all showed calves at the County Fair - and the boys showed at the State Fair. Irma and Irene showed girls 4-H things, clothing and bakery products. Anna was the County Women's Chairman and helped plan the Music Appreciation program and the Art Appreciation program and contest in 4-H.

They always wanted their children to do their best in whatever they tried whether it was in school or corn picking contests, athletics, music, helping family and neighbors, or at church. They loved flowers and had many beautiful ones in their garden.

Anna - My Aunt by B. Rowenna Schram (Richards) Erbach

As I listened to my other aunts and uncles after they were grown and had families of their own I sometimes heard the phrase "in the days of sister Anna", and I've often thought what a boon that must have been to Grandma to have a second in command. One who organized and followed through to enforce that organization. How could she even have managed the work of such a big family without it? Petra and Lydia learned early to crawl through an opening to a shed loft where they enjoyed life and escaped that press of work to be done. They always reappeared again and no one seems to have panicked about an accident and the day of "missing children" had not come yet. Anna lost a childhood, but I never heard her feeling sorry for herself about it. She carried that ability to organize into her own home later and was a marvel of achievement. I used to admire the way she drove the car and went off to outside activities (probably something like an extension club) and came home with expanded ideas of how things could be done better. She was always first to step in to help where she saw special needs arise in the expanded family. She loved Bible study and had a voice in politics, not as one who held an office, but being a citizen was important. The beautiful knit doilies she made for each of us should become heirlooms.

 
  A. MARINUS EARL CHRISTENSEN (1910-1986)

b. 22 Sept 1910 Rorbeck-Marne, Shelby Co., IA
m. 3 June 1934 Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
d. 16 June 1986 Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Farmer & Cattle Feeder
Photography, model trains, flying

1st Car-Ford Roadster 1930 with no rumble seat
Played H. S. football
As young man he worked on the roads with a maintainer and 6 horses.

In Spring of 1934 he purchased 160 acres 3 miles west and 1 mile south of Irwin, IA. After 30 years bought another farm a few miles away and along with farming, fed cattle. He fed up to 5,000 head one year. Received the Cattleman of the Year- Shelby County in 1971.

Took up flying in the 1940's and owned two different planes. Gave many rides to relatives and friends. After some years he gave his Piper Super-Cruiser plane to the Moody Bible Institute to be used to train missionaries to fly. The newspaper article about this said "Happily, but almost tearfully, they bade goodbye to their little ship after flying it non-stop from their Iowa farm. The plane, completely equipped with radio, special flight instrument and propeller, is in top notch condition testifying to the loving care which it has always received."

Served as Deacon of Grace Baptist Church.

Took and made pictures of weddings, school plays, and families and developed them in his train layout in the basement darkroom.

Was a Railroad Buff and had 2 large layouts in his basement. He had HO and 0 gauge layouts. Family was raised on visiting Railroad Depots and chasing and racing trains throughout the U. S. and Canada.

Retired from farming in '76 and sold farms. Lived on farm until January '82 when he had a stroke and failing health & moved to Harlan.

ELETHA MARIE PETERSEN

b. Jacksonville, Shelby Co., IA

Taught school 1 year
Flowers, did solo flight

She and Earl were married 8:30 A.M. in the studio of the WOW radio station by Dr. R. R. Brown of the Christian Missionary Alliance Tabernacle in Omaha. Day before wedding they were in Omaha to make final arrangements and had 5 flat tires. Earl did buy two new tires that day. Spent a two day honeymoon at Lake Okoboji. It was a dry hot summer and had a third of a crop, hogs were cheap - 5 cents a pound. No crop in 1936.

She was the first lady to make a solo flight at the Harlan Municipal Airport on Saturday, May 5 (no year on the article).

"Flowers were very much a part of my life and work". Traveled in 46 states, Canada & Mexico, Europe, and Eletha made 2 trips to Nigeria.

All children were married in Leap Years!

   
 

1. STANLEY EARL CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co. IA
m. 16 June 1956 Harlan, Shelby Co. IA

Farmer, Real Estate Developer
Photography, Traveling, Deep sea fishing
Private Pilot

Farms in Iowa, Develops Real Estate in Florida.

Wife says should add "Telephone Conversationalist" to skills. Played high school baseball and basketball. Established a single game record for Kirkman High of 37 points. Played Army basketball, baseball and golf in Germany on traveling teams.

1955-58 served in Army Combat Engineers as battalion Finance Clerk. Member of Grace Baptist Church in Harlan, teaches high school age Sunday School Class and has served on Deacon Board since 1974.

"One of the most memorable trips we made was in 1976 when Duane and Barbara Sorenson from Florida and Joyce and I spent a week in Acapulco. We went deep sea fishing one day and I had the good fortune of catching a 9 foot 4 inch, 142 pound sailfish, which we have mounted on the wall of our family room."

JOYCE LEANNA ARENTSON

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Teacher
Traveling, cooking, flowers, sewing, any new craft

Taught kindergarten & 2nd grade
Uni. of Northern Iowa- 2 yrs

Taught second grade class at Grace Baptist Church in Harlan for fifteen years. Almost every year on the Bible School Committee.

Likes growing Gladiolas. Won Best of Show Award at county fair.

   
 

a. CURT STANLEY CHRISTENSEN

DOREENA LUCRETIA SEMROSKA

   
 

i. MELANY JENAE CHRISTENSEN

b.

ii. AMBER JOY

b.

   
 

b. BETH ANN CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Kindergarten Teacher
piano, organ, saxophone, cooking and baking

Graduated 1984 - Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, MN. Has taught kindergarten 4 & 5 year olds at Fourth Baptist School the past three years in Minneapolis.

Has traveled to Nigeria in 1978 and made a Holy Land Tour in 1984,

c. KYLE EMERY CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA
m. (will be) 1 Aug 1987 Janesville, Rock Co., WS

Farmer
Football, Basketball

Lettered in Football and Basketball Junior and Senior year in Irwin Community High School. Second team all-conference in high school football senior year.

Attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College one year. Lettered in football there also.

SUZANNE COLEEN DWYER

b. Janesville, Rock Co., WS

"Future Farm Wife"

Attended Pillsbury College

d. JOEL ARLIN CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA Student

Football, Basketball

Long distance bike competition

Photography

Salutatorian of h. s. class

Lettered in football 3 years, and played basketball

Now at Cedarville College in Ohio studying Engineering and Business. Rode in Des Moines Register Bike Ride across Iowa the past 2 years. Traveled extensively with family in 46 states by h. s. graduation. "Photography is my favorite hobby". Won awards at County Fair.

   
 

2. BONNIE ELETHA CHRISTENSEN

b. Irwin, Shelby Co., IA
m. 3 July 1964 Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Data entry computer operator, former teacher, home maker

h. s. valedictorian

Attended Iowa State Teacher's College-Cedar Falls, IA
Taught lower elementary grades 1956-65 and some sub teaching in Harlan and Shelby after that.

MYRON LOWELL SORENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Farmer
Hobby-woodworking

U. S. Army 1956-58

Started farming Sorensen family farm in 1958. Was designated as a Century Farm in 1976.

   
 

a. JILL MARIE SORENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Uni. Student
Counted cross stitch, 4-H

Band, Academic Awards and several top county 4-H awards in H. S. Sophomore at Iowa State University (Ames) - Majoring in Business

b. NANCY FAYE SORENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

H. S. Student
band, baby-sitting, Computer, 4-H

Enjoys sewing, counted cross stitch

Junior in H. S.- is an honor student On County Council of 4-H.

   
 

3. KENNETH DALE CHRISTENSEN

b. Irwin, Shelby Co., IA
m. 16 July 1960 Brayton, Audubon Co., IA

Farmer, cattle, hogs, Truck driver
photography, lapidary, coin collecting

Lives on farm parents bought the year they were married (1934)
Army 6 months active- 4 year reserves
Attends Grace Baptist Church in Harlan
Travel-45 states, Alaska, Canada, Mex.
First car 1952 black Chevrolet

LOIS ANN MARTIN

b. Walnut, Pottawattamie Co., IA

Homemaker, Part-time clerical at Communications Data Services

sewing, reading, crocheting afghans

Omaha Baptist Bible College (Omaha) Aug 1959-Jan 1960

   
 

a. Ronald Kenneth Christensen - see below

b. Vicki Lee Christensen - see below

c. KEVIN DALE CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

2nd yr. in College
Accounting

Will graduate Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, IA) May '87

Won first place in OEA College Competition in cost accounting in the state of Iowa in March 1986. Won first place in national OEA College Competition in cost accounting in May 1986.

d. Sue Ellyn Christensen - see below

e. DEAN ALLEN CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

jr in H. S.
basketball, golfing

f. KATHLEEN ANN CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

soph in H. S.

Received superior ratings at contest for 8 years - on piano, basketball History Day Competition in 1986. Was one of five freshman from Irwin who gave a group performance on "A Diary of the Womens' Struggle for the Vote." They won: 1st Place District Competition in Council Bluffs, 2nd place State Competition in Ames and participated in national competition in Washington D. C. receiving an "excellent" rating.

a. RONALD KENNETH CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., .IA
m. 23 July 1983 Brayton, Audubon Co., IA

Farmer
HO Model Railroad, sports on T. V.
Collects tractors 1/64 size and implements
Graduated from Irwin Community School in May 1979
Attends Grace Baptist Church in Harlan
Travel to 40 states, Alaska, Canada, Mexico

CATHERINE IRENE ANDERSEN

b. Audubon, Audubon Co., IA

Homemaker
4-H, boating, water skiing, crocheting, embroidery, sewing
High School volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, band
County and Area County Council 4-H
Collects salt & pepper shakers
Collects magnets for refrigerator
Grace Baptist Church in Harlan

   
 

i. ROBERT KENNETH CHRISTENSEN

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Loves cats. Likes to be around tractors and pigs.

ii. Expected In May '87

   
 

b. VICKI LEE CHRISTENSEN MALMANGER

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA
m. 27 June 1981 Goosebury Falls State Park, MN

bike riding, tennis, sewing, crafts
In winter stays inside out of the cold
Attended one yr at Pillsbury College in Owatonna, MN.
Married almost 6 years and lived in 9 different places.
Planning to build house in Ankeney, Iowa and move there in July 1987.

SCOTT ALAN MALMANGER

b. Fairmont, Martin Co. MN

Securities Analyst
Ice skating, x-country & downhill skiing, golf, tennis, bike riding
BSc 1980 from Pillsbury College in Math
MBA 1986 from Mankato State University
Currently employed at Valu Investors and working towards Certified Financial Analyst designation.

   
 

i. KRISTINA MARIE MALMANGER

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

visiting Grandparents
Looking forward to kindergarten fall of '87 feeding pigs

ii. KYNDRA LYNN MALMANGER

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Plays with all of her dolls at one time.
Likes playing in sand & dirt.

iii. Expected Aug '87

   
 

d. SUE ELLYN CHRISTENSEN SCIRANKO

b. Harlan, Shelby Co., IA
m. 7 June 1986 Harlan, Shelby Co., IA

Works in Shelby Co. ASCS off
reading, plastic canvas crafts
AD (2 yr) Secretarial degree from Faith Baptist Bible College
Teaches kindergarten Sunday School class at Grace Baptist Church

RICHARD (RICK) LEE SCIRANKO

b. Bedford, PA

Battery & Electric repairs
shooting, hunting

Grad 1983 from South East Community College in Lincoln, NE from motorcycle technology course. Now at Petersen Battery & Electric.

   
 

4. CAROL JOAN CHRISTENSEN PLATE

b. Irwin, IA
m. 22 June 1968 Bethel Baptist in Harlan, IA

Teacher, missionary & hostess
Valedictorian H. S. class
basketball
Was usually high scorer on h.s. basketball team.
Graduated Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 1962 then taught in Lombard, IL and Madison, WI and worked with Navigators.

Met Keith at a Navigator conference in Colorado Springs, CO. During their courtship (mostly by correspondence) the family found that Uncle Magnus had known Keith's uncle when he attended school in Oskaloosa as a young man. After their marriage they planned to spend a honeymoon in the Canary Islands, but Carol lacked some required forms and had to stay in London with friends while Keith went on to Nigeria. Keith and Carol have served 17 years in Nigeria. Will be home summer of '87, then plan to go back for 2 years before returning to this county to live and educate their children.

Carol is a housewife and does much entertaining as they have many guests and no motels or restaurants!

KEITH ALLAN PLATE

b. Oskaloosa, IA

Missionary doctor

Medical Doctor — was with the Christian Reformed World Missions of Grand Rapids. Now is working in a private hospital with a native Doctor.

   
 

a. JOY LYNN PLATE

b. Jos, Nigeria

soph in high school

b. DANIEL ROBERT PLATE

b. Cedar Falls, IA

c. DAVID KEITH PLATE

b. Harlan, Shelby Co. IA

All have attended a Mission School (S. I. M.) in Jos, Nigeria and are in many school activities - band, chorus, & operettas.

   
   
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