James G. Christensen

20 Mar 1884 - 20 Feb 1958


James G. Christensen

20 Mar 1884 - 20 Feb 1958
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Life Sketch of James G Christensen Son of Niels C. and Karen Marie Sorensen Christensen I was born March 20, 1884, at Hyrum, Utah (Cache County) where my parents had established a home. They owned and operated a small farm in Hyrum and Millville fields and also some land in College Ward, later known
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James G. Christensen


Hyrum City Cemetery

2-98 North 500 East
Hyrum, Cache, Utah
United States


May 3, 2013


April 27, 2013

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Life Sketch of James G Christensen

Contributor: StoneScriber Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Life Sketch of James G Christensen Son of Niels C. and Karen Marie Sorensen Christensen I was born March 20, 1884, at Hyrum, Utah (Cache County) where my parents had established a home. They owned and operated a small farm in Hyrum and Millville fields and also some land in College Ward, later known as the Young district. As we were growing up we went to school in Hyrum. This was before free schooling and books, so our schooling was rather neglected. We were taught from the scriptures by our parents who were devoted Latter-day Saints, being converts from Denmark. Our attendance at the Hyrum 3rd Ward was regular. At the age of eight years I was baptized by Andreas Johnson and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ the same day, May 4, 1892, by John F. Wright. My father was a man of strong faith and was called upon often to administer to the sick in the ward and to look after the needs of the poor. Sharing the flour he brought home from the mill was a regular habit. He felt greatly blessed although he was not a rich man as far as money was concerned. These spiritual teachings were valuable to me. I grew up with a love of the Lord and the gospel to live by. I assisted Father on the farm as a young lad can, and also did some work for a neighbor, James Hansen. He worked at the trade of pottery-making. As the errand boy, I would collect and haul the clay used in this business from the surrounding hills. I did all the detailed errands in connection with the molding and baking of these articles. I was able to earn money for a few personal articles of clothing for school the next fall. But, most important, I learned dependability on the job, which helped build my character. At the early age of 13 years, I went with my oldest brother, Christian, to Idaho where he had taken up some farmland. It had to be cleared, leveled and broken up for crop planting. This was my introduction to Idaho farming and bachelor life: cooking and doing for ourselves. Long hours of hard work were required and life was lonely. Later, I spent two years working for Neils Monson’s family on their farm at Croshen, staying with a son and wife, Jane. They treated me as a member of the family. I carried the shovel a great part of the summer, as irrigation was continuous. The third year I was there, my brother Nephi and I purchased a place at Moreland. After working it for a few years we traded it for a bigger place near Blackfoot. Then Nephi took charge in Idaho and I came back home to Hyrum after father’s death in 1905. He passed away at the early age of 65 years. I took over his farm and looked after Mother who was alone now. I was again a member of the Hyrum 3rd Ward. James G. Facer was the Bishop. In 1909 he called me on a mission. From the united help of Mother’s and our own interests I spent two and one half years in Denmark. This was a highlight in my life. I had been active in ward duties all through my years and now I could serve. This was a thrill to me and a great schoolmaster. It also was a great satisfaction to my Mother to have me back to her native land with the gospel message to some of her own people. It gave me an increased testimony of the Lord’s work and a desire to continue to serve in the House of the Lord. I returned from my mission in June, 1912, and joined Nephi on the Idaho farm, as Mother’s place was rented out. I had made plans to be married in the fall. However, after the harvest and debts were paid there wasn’t even enough money for a marriage license. I was forced to borrow from Mother. I was married December 18, 1912, to Miss Laura Leishman of Wellsville in the Logan Temple. We made our home with Mother that next while and did Temple work. “This was our Honeymoon.” We would leave Hyrum each morning before daylight, traveling with horse and buggy a distance of eight miles. This was in the cold winter weather. It would be dark before we arrived home, doing one Endowment. Things have speeded up since that year. Now in 1954, we can do two Endowments and be home at 2:30 p.m. (adding a comment now in 1973 by Laura L. Christensen: ten or eleven sessions are held. One could do five Endowments in a day. This is the progress in Temple work.) We did a great piece of record work the first months we were married. We had received an original sheet of about 500 names from the Danish researcher on my Mother’s line. We took the names from this sheet and put them into a book, working out relationship, Endowments and Sealings. Then we proceeded with the ordinances. We lived with Mother while we did her work and continued as often as possible to complete the genealogical and temple work from this record. We continued on in Hyrum 3rd Ward where both my wife and I were called to ward and stake duties. My callings were: Stake Board M.I.A., ward teacher, S.S. teacher and various other callings. In July of 1917 the ward was reorganized and Louis P. Maughan was called as Bishop. I was named as first counselor and served for five years. After one and a half years I was called to be Bishop January 13, 1924. I served for eleven years, being released December 1935. During these years we were kept very busy with family duties and farm work, which were also the Depression years. Prices for produce were low, yet items to be purchased were high. Our family was a blessing and kept life interesting through the years. On February 16, 1914, a son Carmen was born. On November 24, 1915, a daughter Vaudys was born. On March 3, 1919, twins, Chloe and Cloyd arrived. Lorraine was born November 10, 1921 and a son Dee Ross was born August 4, 1927. We had work for all the family and tried to be self-sustaining. We had a dairy herd, garden ground for vegetables and fruit, a few chickens, meat from the young stock and a pig for bacon. I did all the shoe mending and blacksmith work, living with only necessities. The Depression was met with no losses and we found time for all church callings. During World War II all the boys were in the service and my wife took a job with the government. I kept up the farm work and dairy herd with some hired help. I have lived to see all the children grow up and receive an education, be married in the temple, and have families. Because of failing health I sold my farm and dairy herd in 1952 and turned my attention to Temple work. October 7, 1953, my wife and I went into the mission home and spent the next six months laboring in the Texas Louisiana Mission. We had many rich experiences. We saw a great need of the gospel while living in the South and elsewhere. After returning home we did temple work. We only had the home to keep up, us two alone. We have been greatly blessed with favorable conditions to again take up this great service (temple work) in consideration of all our blessings and love of our fellowmen. (Signed: James G. Christensen) (Laura L. Christensen (wife) added the last paragraphs) These last four years we have spent our winters at the St. George Temple, going to our home in Logan for the Summer. We sold the large home in Hyrum. This is a small home, nice ground, close to the Logan Temple and we enjoy it here. We belong to the 18th Ward with Bishop McMurdie. We found the mild winters very pleasant in St. George. The Temple was very convenient for older people and President Snow made us very welcome. We had a small cottage close to the Temple called Temple Apartments. The 24 couples had a lovely, friendly relationship. James health failed although he had been in touch with the doctor regularly and had been given good attention and medications. January 1958, his condition was more serious. He was only able to go to the Temple one session, two days a week, and rest the other time at our small but sunny apartment, which he enjoyed. Soon it was necessary for him to be in the hospital and have the help of oxygen. For a few days it helped, then his condition grew slowly worse. His stay at the St. George Hospital was from February 5 to February 20th. He passed away February 20, 1958. The funeral was held at the Hyrum 3rd Ward, where he had been Bishop for eleven years.

James G Christensen

Contributor: StoneScriber Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

In my mind’s eye I can see Grandpa riding a spirited sorrel gilding. He often rode this horse while driving the cows home from the pasture for their evening milking. I recall a milking scene with hungry cows munching hay that I had pushed down from the loft into their managers; and grandpa lifting heavy milk cans into the water trough for cooling. Grandpa grew up on a farm in Hyrum, Utah. His parents were Danish converts to the Church. He was the youngest of the family. As a boy he also worked at a pottery factory to help supplement the family income. As a young man he served a mission to Denmark. We all enjoyed his Danish stories and his unique way of counting our toes, using their Danish names. The neighborhood children came often to grandpa’s door to get treats of candy, a warm smile, and a cheerful greeting. I remember that Grandpa’s favorite drink after a hot day’s work was a cold glass of milk poured over ice. I really grew to appreciate the stalwart man my grandfather was when I was called to be a bishop. I recalled that Grandpa was a bishop for many years in his Hyrum, Utah, ward. He took special care of the widows and the needy in his ward--serving with honor and love.

Life timeline of James G. Christensen

James G. Christensen was born on 20 Mar 1884
James G. Christensen was 15 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
James G. Christensen was 20 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
James G. Christensen was 28 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
James G. Christensen was 45 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
James G. Christensen was 55 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
James G. Christensen was 57 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
James G. Christensen died on 20 Feb 1958 at the age of 73
Grave record for James G. Christensen (20 Mar 1884 - 20 Feb 1958), BillionGraves Record 3760967 Hyrum, Cache, Utah, United States