Christian H. Christensen

17 Nov 1869 - 10 May 1946


Christian H. Christensen

17 Nov 1869 - 10 May 1946
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Christian H. Christensen


Basalt Cemetery

943 State St
Shelley, Bingham, Idaho
United States


July 6, 2012


June 30, 2012

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Christiam H Christensen

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Christian H Christensen

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Christian H Christensen was the oldest son of Niels Christian Christensen of Starbrand, Randers, Denmark and Caroline or ‘Karen’ Marie Hansen Sorenson of Bromme, Soro, Denmark. His parents met after they had both come to America and had settled in Hyrum. Because of another man by the same name, Christian added the initial H. to his name and was known as Christian H. or C. H. Christensen thereafter. As Christian grew up he had many chores and much work to do. He received all of his schooling in Hyrum, which consisted of about seven years of training. He received much more education from living and working in his every day life. While he grew up he loved to play ball and played many games at the park or the “Hyrum Square” as it was called. When he was about 13, he had to quit school and go to work to help the family. He helped his father milk cows and then they would sell the milk and get the supplies they needed from the Store. When he got older he loved to dance and went to many dances at the old dance hall. The dances were community events. He also had an opportunity to earn more money when he acquired a team and wagon and went with Oluf Frogner and some other young men as far away as Laramie, Wyoming. They worked grading track and cutting ties for the railroad. During the winter out there he would spend the time working on a cattle ranch. They had themselves a fine blizzard one time for three days and it was cold, so cold the cowboys sat in a log house for three days and didn’t get out. They kept warm and at the end of the three days they went out to the other log barns where they had the saddle horses, then went to hunt the cattle they were supposed to be feeding and taking care of. The cattle had moved along with the storm or blizzard and had gone through three fences until they came to the river bluff. The cattle had gone over that ledge, hundreds of them from all over that cattle country. So they had a pileup of dead cattle down below. The loss was pretty severe. During some winters he and Oluf would go U~ Blacksmith Fork Canyon and cut trees. A couple of summers they had an opportunity to go the Bruneau River area in Idaho and work. They really liked this because there was such good fishing. There were so many trout they could just net them. Sometimes sturgeon would come up the river and they would catch them on a hook and a quarter—inch line. They would be so large they would completely fill up a wagon. Oluf Frogner was the son of Hans Christian Nielsen Frogner and brother of Bena Marie Frogner who Christian later married.


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HANS CHRISTIAN NIELSEN FROGNER: Son of Niels Hansen Frogner and Gunild Christine Jensen, Hans Christian Nielsen Frogner was born in Hester, Akerhus, Norway; 29 February 1938. He spent his boyhood days on a small farm working with his father. They also worked and earned what they could at other jobs, when they were available. So he was taught early in life that work was very honorable and he learned many ways in which to earn a living. He was taught honesty and integrity which was carried throughout his life. He taught this to others with whom he associated. He met and married Agettes Christianson in 1862. They had a son named Charles, later known as “Call.” Life was good to them and they were content until Hans Christian met the L.D.S. missionaries and joined the Church in 1864. His wife became very unhappy and bitter toward this new religion, and finally decided to take their child and leave him. This caused a lot of unhappiness and trial for him. In the meantime he decided to join the Saints in Utah, but could not bear the thoughts of leaving his child to be left behind. So he managed to get his son and bring him with him. They sailed for American in 1868. It was a long voyage in those days. Then traveling across the county with teams or any other conveyance they could get they arrived in the Rocky Mountains. While on the voyage, he met a young lady by the name of Bretta Mattson, from Fryksands, Vermland, Sweden. She had recently joined the church and was also going to Zion. They traveled on the same ship and across the country in the same company and got to know each other very well. Shortly after they arrived in Utah, they were married in the Old Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah. They settled in Hyrum, Cache County, Utah. They were both industrious and soon they had a good home and plenty of the necessities of life. Hans Christian was known to have been one of the best workers in the community where he lived. He was a good carpenter and very precise in his work. It was often stated that he would die with his boots on, which later happened. He was building a new home for his family and died from a heart attack at the age of 72. He was a very staunch worker in the church during his life. He attended regularly and lived the gospel and was a good example to his family. He had a sister Jensine who joined the Church in Norway and expressed her desire to Hans that she would like to come to America. He immediately set to work gathering money for her fare, and sent to her for passage to Utah. She later married Hans Olea Weeding.She and her two daughters Emma Weeding Nielsen and Caroline Hansen Rawlings, with untiring efforts gathered the genealogy of their forefathers back through the 9th and 10th generations, and did most of their work in the temples. Grandfather Hans Christian and Bretta reared seven children and have many descendants to honor their name and help carry on the work of the Lord. (There are no known photographs of Hans Frogner. It is told that his son, Charlie, known as “Call” was somewhat disruptive of the family. He was killed in a brawl in Blackfoot when hit over the head with a whiskey bottle. He lay out in the cold and froze to death. This is one reason Irven didn’t like Blackfoot when he was young.) Hans liked to cut the long end of a shovel handle off and put a handle on it so he could get down and work with it. He could look at a load of logs and tell how many feet of lumber was on the load. He was quite a mathematician. After working the week in the mountains he would hurry home to his family. There was no time to ride the team or slow wagons, so he’d walk home. BENA MARIE FROGNER:Christian’s wife, Bena (Beana) Marie Frogner, was born April 2, 1872, in Hyrum, Utah, the daughter of Hans NielsenFrogner from Aker, Norway and Britta Mattesson from Spottsiflgefl, Fryksorde, Varmiand, Sweden. Bena’s mother’s name was recorded as “Bertha” Mattson on the sheet from the Endowment House. Bena’s father had been raised on a farm. lie married and had one boy, Charles, and worked in a nail factory in Oslo, Norway counting nails. When he heard the gospel, he came to Hyrum, Utah, with the boy. He homesteaded 160 acres and was counseled to divide it with three other men, he keeping 40 acres on Blacksmith’s Fork River. This he cleared in the winter with an axe and worked in Blacksmith’s Fork Canyon in the summers at the sawmill twenty miles up the canyon. Sometimes he would cut some logs in winter and slide them down the mountain on the snow to be sawed into lumber at the mill later. He married Britta, and took a grub box to the canyon for a week and came home on weekends. He claimed no knowledge about horses as he had little experience. He wouldn’t let anybody do for him what he could do for himself. He built a warm cabin in the canyon where he worked and boarded up the doors when he wasn’t there so bears couldn’t get in. Bena and her brothers and sisters tended the corn, potatoes, cows, pigs and chickens under Britta’s guidance. As a girl, Bena and a lot of girls from Hyrum went up in the canyon and worked for a dairy and cheese man. She milked 20 or 30 cows morning and night and then made cheese. One of the girls quit after a bull threw her over the fence. Bena and her brother James had typhoid when she was five years old, and James was left deaf. She didn’t go to school much and also had a hearing problem. Christian was the oldest in a family of eleven children, so he helped the family as much as possible and didn’t marry until he was about 26 years old. He had fallen in love with the tall and slender Bena Marie, whom he had known all his life. While he was out in Wyoming doing railroad and cowboy work, the tobacco habit and liquor problem entered the picture, so he was not ready for a temple recommend. They were married 30 April 1895 in Hyrurn, Utah. On their marriage certificate the witnesses were Emma, Christian’s sister, and Oluf Frogner, Bena’s brother, who had married the previous year. After their marriage Christian and Bena continued to live in Hyrum close to their parents until after their first son, Henry LeRoy, was born 16 April 1896. During this time Christian was constable for the City of Logan. Christian was known to have the longest reach and hardest punch of any man in Logan. That qualified him for the job of constable. He was six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds and was called “Big Chris’. He was strong and he could work. Evidently in those days a dance or party wasn’t a dance or party unless you had a brawl, and that was typical all over the country and frequently required his services.

Christian & Bena in Goshen, Idaho

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NORTH TO GOSHEN, IDAHO: Christian and Bena had been talking about moving to Idaho, but Bena thought that Idaho seemed so far away and they hadn’t gone to the Temple yet, so they started to get ready to go. There was another couple from Hyrum that was going with them. The morning they had chosen to go there was a terrible blizzard, but they got the sleigh ready and bundled up Henry, who was about 11 months old now, and they all went to the Logan Temple. They received their endowments and were sealed and had Henry sealed to them. It was a beautiful day even though the weather was terrible. This day, 12 February 1897, was a special time in their lives. When Spring came, they were nearly ready for the trip to Idaho. They had to take all their belongings because they knew there wouldn’t be a return trip very soon. They were still limited for space so they took their team and wagon, a cow, chickens, bed and bedding, dresser, cupboard, stove, a bin for flour, hay and grain for the animals, a few potatoes, water and what other food and clothing there was room for. They started on their journey and it took them several weeks or a month to go from Hyrum, Utah to Goshen, Idaho. It seemed like a long way and it was very difficult to travel with a baby. One of the old bay team of mares had a stiff front leg. She would swing her stiff leg in the wheel track in the sand in order to get along. They had quite a time getting through that sand up in Fort Hall. Their trip to Idaho was a result of many of other relatives by the names of Hansen, Nielson, and Anderson——and a lot of other good Scandinavian people from Hyrum who had gone up there a year or two before. Others had received a church assignment to move. They settled on a sandy 60—acre farm covered with sage brush, one mile west of Goshen. They built a small log house on the farm and cleared as much sage brush as possible and planted crops. They raised hay, grain, pigs, chickens and also some horses. Bena made butter and sold eggs for what they needed at the store. There was a school, store and a church at Goshen, and they were very grateful to be close to a church. Christian built ditches and fences to build up his farm. While they lived on this farm they were blessed with four more children.Irven was born 21 June 1899, Carrie Beatrice 18, November 1900, J. Mat 2October 1902, and Lyma Kathleen 15, May 1904. Once they were short of milk for one of the children. So, since they had a mare that had a colt, Bena milked the mare and put the milk in a bottle for the baby. Both baby and colt did well. Chris and Bena lived in a one room log cabin with their five children. The cabin had a dirt roof and a board floor with a hole in the floor big enough to crawl through for vegetable storage underneath. The winter Sflows were deep and would drift. The plumbing was three to five snowdriftS southwest. They always raised gardens and berries. Bena spent her time with the kids. Irven was the oldest ‘girl in the family, SO he helped in the house with the kids and Henry helped outside. When they carried slop to the pigs, they sometimes spilled it all and had to start all over. Father’s life was all work. He had livestock, horses and cattle. They had house building teams and everyone would set the logs and they would move in. If the dirt roof leaked, they had to have buckets to catch the water. They had two chairs and a bench, plus a wash bench. They put two chairs on apple boxes a few feet apart with a board on them to seat the kids. Their beds were straw ticks with an old frame with boards across to hold the ticks. These were refilled each fall through a slit in the top. By spring it would become packed down and full of dust, so they would shake it out and get more straw to refill them. They had lots of heavy, warm quilts, both quilted and tied. Their pillows were made with chicken and goose feathers. Chris brought a cow——a wild range or beef cow__which was giving milk. She finally laid down out by the straw pile. Bena went out and got a long hay rope, made a loop in it, tied it to a post and dropped the other end over the cow’s head. The cow got up and ran, and when she came to the end of the rope she stopped. Bena finally got her tied to a post, got another rope on her leg and stretched it out so she could milk and got some milk. Another time while Bena was working at their sewing machine in the log cabin she heard a racket out the front door. She saw a cow fall on the doorstep. It had bloated. She walked through the door with scissors in her hand and jabbed the cow with the scissors and gas blew to the top of the cabin. The cow went back to eat after that. Bena did the washing on a wash board with water from the ditch. The hauled water in a barrel from the neighbors for the house. They were close enough to Sand Creek to drive the cows to the Creek to drink. In the winter they had to cut steps and a hole in the ice for the cattle to drink. Someone’s fat pig slid in and and plugged up the hole. Another white—faced cow fell the ice and her horns held her. They dragged her out, but drowned through she died.

Christian & Bena Christensen, Idaho

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THE BENTON AND POPE PLACES: Bena wanted to sacrifice her first sand hills home in Goshen for one in Basalt, where chances for the children’s education would be better and closer. The Benton place had better soil, so they could raise better crops and the children could each have a cow and pony to claim as their own. All the farm work was done with a team of horses, 50 they had work horses, too. So in about 1905 Chris sold the farm in Goshen and settled on the Benton place in Basalt, Ofl the Goshen Highway, between Sand Creek and the West Branch Canal. They belonged to the Basalt Ward, Shelley Stake, and were only about 1 1/2 miles from Church, SO they walked to Sunday School, Sacrament meeting and Primary. Sometimes in the winter they rode in a buggy or sleigh. They would heat rocks or bricks and put in the bottom of the sleigh to keep their feet warm. They never did own a car, so the children got lots of experience catching horses and putting harnesses on them. They took hay or grain so the horses could eat while they waited for the children. Guy Benjamin was born on the BentOn place 26 March 1906. Bena had two other baby boys that were born premature and were stillborn. Lyrria remembers her mother saying that she had been settng out some raspberry plants and had just overworked, so she thought this had started her labor when she had lost one of the babies. They fixed a small shoe box and lined it with fabric and then built a small wooden box and the baby was buried in the orchard. Annie May was born in May 1908, but died soon after birth. The next spring Norman was born 12 April 1909 and was the last of the family. Chris and Bena traded the Benton farm for the Pope place, which was two blocks West and across the road. It was a 140 acre farm and had 10 acres of orchard. It was joined on the west by the West Branch Canal and on the east by Johnson’s place and on the north by Messick’s. They were a little closer to school and church. The soil was good on this farm too, and they raised beets, potatoes, seed peas, hay and grain. They used a different kind of plow. They started with a hand plow and then replaced it with a sulky——a rider plow. it had a moldboard to turn over the soil. Later they got a disc plow. They would plow one furrow, drop in Spuds, then plow another furrow to cover the first. In the early years, instead of cellars they would dig a V—shaped pit three or four feet deep and fill it with potatoes. They would cover it with a foot of straw and then with dirt. A straw chimney was left to let out the heat. Snow would cover everything and act as insulation. In the spring they would open the spud pit and sort spuds. The rotten ones went to the pigs and the good ones put back. They also stored carrots and turnips the same way. In the orchard there were black cherries, pie cherries, two kinds of plums, peaches, pears, and more apples than they knew what to do with. There were Weatlthies, Golden Delicious, Greenings, Wolf Rivers and Ben Davis apples. Irven said the Ben Daivs were short on flavor and taste, but were plentiful. They also had two raspberry patches, red current bushes and gooseberry bushes. Choke cherries and service berries were harvested from the mountains. They raised beef stock, cows, horses and had a herd of seventy five pigs. The work was never ending. Later they had two large potato cellars with about 1500 sacks of potatoes in each cellar and at least 55 gunny sacks full or apples in the apple bin. These all had to be sorted during the winter and all the potatoes, grain, and apples not used would be fed to the pigs. During the summer there was planting, weeding, thinning beets, picking fruit and canning and drying fruit and vegetables. They would can enough meat in two quart bottles to last all summer. Wiley Winter, Otto Jorgenson and Chris’ brother, Willard worked for them and in the fall there were between 15 and 20 threshers, so they had some big meals to prepare every day. With all of the family home and the hired help they would have to cook large kettles of whatever they were going to eat and Bena baked almost every day, arid she would make pies and cobblers in large dripper pans. They had lots of whipped cream. There was a lot of work just feeding that many people. Chris and Bena drank coffee as did the kids until they were baptized.

Christian & Bena Christensen Family, Indians, Water Well, & the Pinto Pony

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INDIAN FRIENDS: Chris was really good to neighbors and any Indians that needed help. He would let anyone dig as many potatoes as they could use and he would also let them pick what fruit they wanted. The children were never afraid of Indians because Chris and Bena were so good to them. The Indians wanted eggs, sugar and coffee. They would crack the eggs on their saddle horn arid drink them down. One Indian would tell another until they all knew where to come. One Indian woman came to Goshen and Basalt regularly for many years. Bena always gave her a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs each time she came. Train tramps would mark the fence so others would know they could get a meal. At Christensen’s it was a good meal, but they had to work for it. In Basalt there were corrals, sheds and a barn where they kept stock and pigs and cattle.Bena knew her way around there. Once she went out in the barn where the hens would lay their eggs in the manger. She went over to reach in and get the eggs out of this nest and the stallion tied in the stall reached out and took her by the top of the straw hat. She had her hair bobbed up on top of her head. He gave the straw hat and the bob a squeeze and bent a few hair pins out of shape, but she got the eggs. What the hens would do is steal away from the nest and lay a dozen eggs and when she got ready, sit on them until they hatched and come off with a bunch of chickens. The challenge was to pick up all these eggs while they were fresh. The chickens would just run loose. Bena made the dresses for the girls and herself with never a mention of patterns. She made them and if alterations were needed she did it. Chris would take a burlap sack doubled, lay it on the floor, put a handful of hay under his foot, pull the sack up around the foot and tie with string or wire for a dry, cold weather boot. Bena not only sewed clothes, but mittens, hats or whatever was needed. She had a sewing machine with a wooden top and a Victoria phonograph. Also she had a big porcelain bathtub in her bedroom and Chris had a long metal bathtub. THE WATER WELL: Something went wrong with the water well and pump so Henry, Irven and Chris dug a new well. Irven worked in the bottom, Henry on top and Chris led the horse. A ten gallon milk can with the top cut off and a bail added was filed with gravel, pulled up with the horse and Henry would dump it over the side. Once something happened to the chain or clevis and the can full of gravel started back down and Henry grabbed the rope and was strong enough to hold it so it got back down without a problem, possibly saving Irven’s life. He lost the skin off his hands, but he did it. The well was three feet square down into the water. Lyma says it was 135 feet deep. Henry took a 28 gallon wooden barrel, put a bail on top, cut a square hole in the bottom with a hinged door. The horse would pull up a barrel full of water, they would slide a trough under it and pull open the door and water would run in the trough to fill a couple of barrels for household use and to water the horses and cattle. Henry’s horse “Old Pete” was used to pull up the barrel. Norman used to lead the horse to draw the barrels of water out of the well. The frame would squeak and the horse would pretend to pull real hard. He had to stop him as soon as the barrel got to the top. He used to think the animals would never get enough to drink and didn’t think anyone else had such a setup. Later they got back to the old hand pump so they could pump the water when it was needed. THE PINTO PONY: When the kids were small they would load up the little pinto pony with three or four of them. Once Irven was in the saddle with Guy in front and Mat behind and rode out into the field and down the ditch. It was okay until they came to a place where the bank was soft, the horse mired down and floundered and then tipped over. As he tipped, Mat fell off and the horse fell on top of him into the mud and water. The horse made a flounder and bounce and Irven pulled Guy out. He made another flounder and Irven got out; another flounder and Irven pulled Mat out. His mouth and nose were full of mud and water, but he got them both out. Another time they were plowing along and 8 to 10—foot deep ditch to cover it up and level it off. They had three to four horses on the plow plowing the side of the ditch. One horse got down on its back in the bottom of the V—shaped ditch with the others on top. One mare was due to have a colt right away. They finally got the harnesses off and got the other horses off and the mare out. She had her colt a few days later and got along alright. Chris’s little brother fell off a load of hay and was run over and killed. When they went to the mountain to get logs for the cellar, Chris, Henry, and Irven had their outing. They didn’t hunt or fish, but when rabbits would eat the bottom out of the haystack until it fell over, Chris would string out hay in a furrow, get his muzzle—loader rifle, and aiming down the furrow would get a half—dozen or dozen rabbits with each shot. Irven didn’t know why his father had the rifle, because he never remembers his going hunting for big game.

Christian & Bena Christensen Family Christmas

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WINTER TIME: Irven said their Christmases didn’t amount to much.Lymasaid all the years she was growing up she couldn’t remember ever having a Christmastree or being able to afford decorations. She would usually go to town and buy candy and oranges and Irven would be the first to meet her on the way home to have some. Irven said his Father would bring home a sack of peanuts, hardstack candy and some oranges and dump them on the bed. They would kill 25 chickens at a time and either freeze them or bottle them. During the winter they would hang them in the trees and use them as needed. They also raised twelve to fifteen geese every year and had these to kill during Christmas time. They had all the fresh apples and all the canned and dried fruits, vegetables, and all the meat that was necessary. Bena baked pies and cakes and beautiful puddings and they had lots of friends over. They had good times together as a family and were a pretty good, friendly, sociable, cooperative gang. There was a lot of work to do and they all worked together and learned to love and respect each other and tried to help each other. Chris told others he ate standing up so he’d grow tall and he liked to spread thick cream and sugar on his bread. In the winter time they all loved to ice skate arid since they had five frozen canals within a mile of home they could skate any direction they wanted to. Irven had hockey skates and could out—skate anyone around. Sometimes he would skate so far Henry would have to go after him and bring him back on the horse. The river was also frozen over and Chris would take the sleigh and he and the boys would cross the river in Firth and go to the lava beds and cut down cedar trees for our stove wood. They would make several trips and get all the wood needed for the winter, and was very inexpensive fuel. Also, Chris would go down to the Snake River with the wagon and cut blocks of ice for the ice house and sell them in town. It took a big saw to cut the ice. He had a good team of horses, as this was before tractors. Chris was easy going, but when there was work to be done he expected everyone to work. He always gave the kids Saturday afternoons off to play ball and if any were in a ball game at school or wherever, he was always glad to take us summer or winter. He never missed a game, Rena never cared about ball games and didn’t ever go to them, but she liked to swim and would see that after work each night we all got a chance to go swimming. Guy said she could out—swim him any day. The five canals with their deep holes became the swimming holes in summer, and they could even dive. Lyma had learned to swim when she was about seven by putting a small board under her arms helping her float and learn to swim. They had some good times as a family. Chris would get into the water slowly and splash a little water on him as he went and Rena would just dive right in. Norman said he only remembered his Pa going swimming once, but he could beat us at horseshoes and could out—jump us. The First World War started in 1914 and we fought Germany and Turkey. There were some shortages of food in the cities, but they didn’t notice it as much living on the farm. There were shortages of white flour so in order to buy white flour you had to first buy so much rye flour and rice flour. These were yellowish and not as nice to bake with as white flour. Lyma knitted some gray arm bands that were sent to the soldiers to help keep their arms warm. Henry was the oldest in the family and the first to be drafted. He went into the United States army, Infantry. The family was so worried how Bena would feel when she found out that they hid the paper. She found out about it in a few days anyway. Henry had played the cornet very well, so he was asked to play in a band. He was getting ready to be shipped out of the United States when the Armistice was signed 11 November 1918. They were all thankful that no harm had come to him. On 18 July 1915 Britta Mattson died in Camas, Idaho, where she had been staying with her daughter, Annie Edwards. The morning she died, Bena felt like something had happened, so she was on her way to see her sister, Gundy Anderson. Bena met Gundy on the way and Gundy told her that their mother had passed away. Her mother had heart trouble and dropsey. Bena had another experience like this when Mat was driving the old Ford car home from Goshen. As he crossed Sand Creek he ran off the bridge and turned upside down in the water. Mat lit clear of the car and started home, and met his mother halfway between the canal and home. She knew where she was going and knew what the trouble was, but met him halfway home. Irven was the first in the family to be called on a Mission in December 1917 and they were really proud and happy. He was called to serve in the Chicago area and served an honorable mission. Bena and Lyma met him in Salt Lake when he returned. On 7 October 1919, Chris’s mother Karen Marie died in Paradise, Utah, a few miles from Hyrum and she was buried in Hyrum.

Christian & Bena Christensen: The Canal Scandal

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THE CANAL SCANDAL: For a number of years Chris was on the Board of Directors of the Snake River Canal Company. Their Secretary absconded with the funds to Canada and the farmers sued the Board for $10,000. They finally had to pay $20,000. Chris had $5,000 to pay off his mortgage and paid it on the bill. He didn’t think good Mormons should sue other good Mormons and Irven said he didn’t know if this had anything to do with Chris’s Church attendance, but a number of years went by and he didn’t wear out much carpet in the Church. Bena didn’t attend Church much because of her hearing, but as Chris got older he was quite active in the Church and was a Ward Teacher. There was always so much work to do, but they both saw that the children had an opportunity to go. Chris would send the little kids to the store for tobacco, but with all the little kids around he felt he should not smoke, so he quit. But it was hard and he carried gum, dried fruit and Sen Sen around. Chris really loved children and was very concerned about their character developing. It was this great love for Henry that rid him of smoking. Bena blamed a couple of her brothers for tempting Chris with tobacco, and while he wanted to be free of it, found himself shackled to the habit. His efforts had been fruitless until one day Henry crawled up in Chris’s lap and asked when he’d, “Be big enough to smoke like Pa.” Big tears came to Chris’s eyes and he said, “1 hope you’ll always be too big!” This was about time to start the planting, and he burned his tobacco supplies before he left for the far fields to work and plant. (There he’d be alone and work from before dawn to after dark.) He said that he almost worked himself to death that week trying not to think about smoking. He said he’d stop instinctivly, and search every pocket for his tobacco and then remember his resolve. Bena said he probably lost 20 lbs. that week. But he mastered the problem and was the first to advise us never to touch the first smoke! His drinking problem carried over after he married. Bena used to be very much opposed to people offering beer to him and he used the stuff once in awhile. Once he came home late at night from somewhere and evidently had been drinking, so he slept in the manger in the barn. He and Bena didn’t see eye to eye on that for awhile. But he quit that too, when Irven was 10 he doesn’t ever remember his Father using either tobacco or liquor. As far as honesty and Christian living Irven said Chris was tops. One time they got word a threshing machine steam engine had broken through a bridge and had fallen into the water and the engineer was under the engine in the water. Chris ran his team a mile and a half to get there to see if they could help. Someone had already gotten him out dead. So far as being neighborly, Chris was neighborly, generous and as helpful as anyone in the country. All the farmers would go to one place and help thresh grain, then would move from farm to farm until everyone was finished. Meals were provided at the home where the threshing was being done. Bena would cook for the threshers before 4 a.m. In those days there was a little competition among the women to see who could put out the best meal. When Norman was a baby Johnson’s oldest daughter was a baby. If Bena had to go somewhere she left Norman with Mame who would nurse both babies and if Mame went she would leave her daughter with Bena who would nurse both babies. Evidently Chris had a musical streak, because both Irven and Lyma remember his singing cute little melodies that entertained the kids, who enjoyed them. He liked kids and he liked people. He was a social being who would fit in and enjoy himself and make his contribution. His work and time and whole activity had to do with outside work with crops and land. If he had a hobby at all, it was levelling land. He wore out more than one scraper leveling the land and fixing it up so it would irrigate better than previously.

Christian & Bena Christensen; Common Sense

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COMMON SENSE: Irven doesn’t remember his Father as being a teacher, or being strict, but on the work business, they worked! Chris had a way of giving responsibility for doing a job. He wasn’t too specific on detail, but we were to go do it, wiggle our own ears and do it. He never heard the word psychology in his life, but Chris was one of the best. Discipline that counted was from Chris. this was what you do, how and when, and you would do it. Bena’s habit was to talk and she would talk herself out of any discipline. Once Mat wanted to go to Ashton with the gang for the dog races. Bena said, “You definitely can’t go, but if you go you must wear some clothes and have money.” By not saying anything, he finally got all he needed and went. When they were little kids, there was no money. They went to the 24th of July in Goshen with no nickle, just clean clothes. Everyone participated in races and won. The absence of a nickle didn’t make much difference. After moving to Basalt there usually was money. They were financially as well off as anyone, except they didn’t have a car or fancy furniture or clothes. Spending habits changed by the time the younger ones came along and they needed more money. Where Irven and the older ones needed a nickle, the younger ones needed a $5.00 bill. Chris was never affiliated with the Army or military service. He was a Republican and voted that way and Rena voted the same way. There wasn’t much political chatter in the home. They didn’t voice much opinion about missions or college. They left that up to the individuals to make their own choices. They encouraged the children to be upright, stalwart citizens. Chris was a successful farmer, a good worker and good manager. Henry went to work for the railroad for a salary; Mat went to work for the county in Logan; Guy went to work for the University; Lyma went to work for the railroad; and Norman went to work at the cheese factory and maybe sometime on the railroad. Chris probably put together a better deal on the ranch than the 5 boys and 1 girl put together, even though he lost his farm when it was all over. The loss was due partly to the Canal deal and partly due to the economy. He lost the farm in Basalt about 1925 and moved to Firth and rented one. They were there two or three years, then rented land in Goshen. Mat had a small place in Logan. Norman rented a farm with a house on it in Fort Hall, so Rena went to live with Norman. Chris’s place didn’t have a home on it, so they were separated due to expediency. Bena’s desire for the family to work in the Church and her work in genealogy are outstanding. She promised her mother she would do some genealogy for her people and she kept the promise when she was getting older. Her only regret was that she didn’t do more, but she got the younger ones to think about genealogy. She surely loved her sisters and tried to help all the others as well as her brothers and strangers and friends. She never had any fear of the Indians. In Fort Hall the herder of the Indian cattle asked if he could drive our few cattle up to the stockyards and then send them back home because he knew ours were used to going into the stockyards for a drink, while the Indian cattle had been on the range all summer and wouldn’t go in the gate. Bena told him to take the cows and in a few minutes they came back home. Norman said they received much kindness from the Indians. Norman also said Bena took after her father and liked to cut timber and carpenter. The timber was apple trees for stove wood. Bena used to milk and Norman finally got to milking to get Out of doing things he hated more. In Basalt, Norman and Guy slept in a tent under a tree by the coal bin behind the house. One night guy said to open the tent flap. The flap was already open, and Norman realized Guy had been hurt playing football. He had gotten hurt in the chest and couldn’t breath. He weighed 170 pounds when he played in High School. Some weighed a lot more. Football is a way to use energy, get in condition and gain friends, which among the fans you keep their friendship while you are winning, and who yell “kill him” when you are losing. Norman thinks there are other games less bruising, and a broken nose can hurt your breathing in later years. Bena had worked in the Aurbach’s home in Salt Lake City when she was young. They were a wealthy Jewish family. She like to cook, sew and cure hams. Some of her friends were her cousins, the Weeding family. Chris irrigated nights and stacked hay during the days. They didn’t speak Danish in the home, except to count. Guy went on missions to California and New Zealand, was a Temple worker and a great athlete. He set a track record at Ricks and Utah State and was Outstanding Athlete three years in a row. Chris’s three brothers all received calls to go on missions and did go as they didn’t have the tobacco problem. The business of surviving, living, working were the important things to Chris. The frills, the fancies and the letter writing were nil. Irven received only one letter from his Father while on his mission, and none from his Mother. When he returned from his mission, Irven thought he had a little responsibility and instituted family prayer. He doesn’t remember their having had a blessing on the food before that. They had food and were pretty thankful for it, but Irven didn’t remember that they got around to expressing their gratitude. Chris or Bena probably never had Patriarchal Blessings. Lyma had her Patriarchal Blessing, as did Irven from Elijah Norman Freeman. Possibly others had them also. Meals were principally meat, potatoes, fruits and vegetables——the staples. Of course there were the special occasions for pies, cakes, etc., but they didn’t remember the cookie jar that you hear about a lot. They were happy, work makes for happy people. The people who were unhappy were the ones who were unemployed and had nothing to do. Reading material consisted of Shelley’s weekly newspaper. Chris also had two books——one was the Dr. Cook expedition to the North Pole and the other Dr. Perry’s expedition to the North and South Poles and also he had in his possession two leather bound books--Life of Wilford Woodruff and The Book of Mormon. Carrie Beatrice was quite a literary soul and had one of the finest collections of scrapbook material that anyone could ever put together. She was a prolific reader and read everything. She was a good thinker and as far as Irven knew had a year or more of high school in Firth. She drove a horse and buggy down from Basalt to attend classes for quite some time. The family talked about her going through some bad weather and bad roads to get there. It was pretty important to her. She was interested in the genealogical end of things and did a little work there. She did a lot of writing and kept a journal. She was a quiet, unassuming individual who went about her own business and her own interests and worked with little interference with anyone else. Irven doesn’t know if she had a boyfriend, but did a lot of dating. Carrie passed away 29 November 1955 and was buried in Basalt.

Christian & Bena Christensen: On To Fort Hall

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ON TO FORT HALL: The move to Fort Hall in 1929 or 1930 involved four different farms. These were leases. Norman’s was about 1/2 mile north of Fort Hall. The other three——Irven’s, Mat’s and Chris’s were adjacent to one another 1 1/2 miles north and 3 miles east of Fort Hall. Chris’s place was the furthere St east and had no road in except through Mat’s and over the hill, so a small cabin was built on Irven’s piece where he lived. Farming there involved clearing the land of sage brush, plowing, ditching and irrigating. Once Chris tied up a young horse near the cabin and it ate a horse collar he had hanging on the cabin. In about 1935 Mat moved to North Logan and Bena, Norman and Carrie moved there and rented part of Mat’s home. Later they moved into a small home on Third North in Logan built by Mat and Guy. Bena’s health wasn’t so good while in Fort Hall and she had a heart attack in about 1932. After moving to Logan there was no improvement and during those years she developed dropsy and gall bladder problems for which she underwent surgery. She died in Logan 2 October 1941 and was buried in Basalt. Irven built a home on the Fort Hall Townsite in 1939 and moved from the farm, so Chris moved in with Norman for a couple of years until he was unable to manage the farm any longer. He then went to stay with Henry in ChubboCk for a time. He passed away 10 May 1946 and was buried in Basalt.

Life timeline of Christian H. Christensen

Christian H. Christensen was born on 17 Nov 1869
Christian H. Christensen was 5 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Christian H. Christensen was 16 years old when Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology".
Christian H. Christensen was 22 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Christian H. Christensen was 39 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Christian H. Christensen was 47 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
Christian H. Christensen was 59 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Christian H. Christensen was 61 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Christian H. Christensen died on 10 May 1946 at the age of 76
Grave record for Christian H. Christensen (17 Nov 1869 - 10 May 1946), BillionGraves Record 1649939 Shelley, Bingham, Idaho, United States