Biography of John H. Jensen

John H. Jensen, of Mesa, Colorado, who, in partnership with his brother Lee, owns and operates the only grain-threshing outfit in this par of the state, is a product of the farther West, having been born in Utah in 1877, and after living in that state nearly seven years, became a resident of Colorado, where he was educated and married and his devoted his energies to the development and improvement of the county, aiding in its growth, helping to multiply and expand its agricultural and commercial wealth, increase its population and bring its resources to fruitfulness and the knowledge of the active markets of the country. He is the son of H. H. and Elizabeth (Norstrom) Jensen, the father a native of Denmark and the mother of Sweden. They came to this country in early life and settled in Utah, where they were married. Some years afterward they moved to Grand Junction, this state, and they are still highly respected citizens of that growing and promising city. Their son John was seven years old when they moved to Colorado, and his life has been wholly passed in the state since that time. He remained at home assisting in the work on his father’s ranch until he bought the one he now owns himself; and when he was yet a young man, seeing the need of greater facilities for harvesting and threshing the abundant crops of grain produced in this section, he and his brother Lee bought a complete outfit for the purpose which they have been successfully operating throughout this and adjoining counties for a number of years. Their enterprise has greatly extended the acreage devoted to cereals and thereby largely increased their production in this region. They have also been diligent and energetic in helping to provide the means of irrigation for the community, together being one-fourth owners of the Jensen Lake Reservoir, constructed for that purpose. In 1899 Mr. Jensen was married to Miss Alice Barnwell, a native of Colorado, and at the time of her marriage a resident of Grand Junction.

Source: Bowen, A. W. Progressive Men of Western Colorado. Chicago: A. W. Bowen & Co., Publishers. 1905.

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