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UNGSTERS DONATE TO FOOD SHELF ON PAGE 5 il,hl,,lll,nhln,l,lllhl,lll,lhmml,iW,qdli,lhUll ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 smao,en t 7 217W COTA ST ,: SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 6 Wednesday August 3, 2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 49 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition .... iii II I I I . Christensen's farm named as Century Farm Christensen's were active in farming, 4-H, FFA, Church and Community By Karley Deprez Sentienl Tribune - intern In 1873, Lars Peter Jensen and Bertha Marie Hendrieksen came from Denmark to Gibson City, IL. These two young Danes did not know each other at the time. However, they later married in Illinois. To this union ten children were born. The second oldest was Anna Jensen, born on December 22, 1879. This family moved in 1883 to a farm near the Rutland, Iowa, when Anna was a young girl. Hans Christensen was born, January 2, 1872, in Broager, province of Sleswig, Denmark. He had an older brother, C.H. Christensen, who came at the same time to Rutland. Hans stayed in Iowa, and became acquainted with Anna Jensen. Prior to marriage, one sum- mer Anna (at age 19) and her sister, Hannah, had visited their uncle, Chris Jensen, a single man who was farming in Des Moines River Township, Murray County, MN. There she met her future husband. Hans and Anna (Jensen) Christensen were married in February 1903, at Rutland, IA. It was a double wedding, with Anna's sister, Laura and husband, George Hansen. They made their first home on bl ........ Ayrshires Jerseys Ron and Eunice Christensen still reside on the home place. a farm in Humboldt County, IA. Later, their uncle, Chris Jensen, helped the young married couple (Hans and Anna) find Ariel view of the Christensen farm. a farm to buy nearby, and that farm is the one which Ron and Eunice Christensen still live on -- section 14, in Des Moines River Township. Hans and Anna purchased the farm in 1909 and moved to the Des Moines Township in 1910. They had eleven children: Emil, Martha, Esther (Von Der Leith), Albert, Erma (Kuehl), Lillian (Cord), Edna, Roy, Bernice (Pulcher), Harris and June (Voth). Hans and Anna Lived on this farm with their large family. In addition to crops, they raised hogs and chickens. In 1920, they built the house, which still stands on the farm. Hans died in 1937, and Anna stayed on the farm until 1941. The oldest son Emil then bought the farm and moved on with his wife, Helma (Grams), son, Ronald and daughter, Carolyn. Emil served in the community in many capacities -- elevator board member, church council positions at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, rural Westbrook, and DMR town- ship supervisor. He also attended the Cohn electrical school, and became an electrician. Emil died accidently on the farm in August of 1955. It was then that his son, Ronald, started farming at the age of 17. Helma con- tinued to live on the Christensen farm until Ronald married Ennice Keller on November 29, 1962. This was exactly 30 years after Ron's parents married. Ron and Eunice have lived on the Christensen farm since that time, raising two daughters, CathieAnn (Maeyaert), now of Maplewood. MN and Christie Lynn (Wicks) of Johnston, IA. Emil specialized in raising certified seed, and feeding Western beef cattle. Ronald had a dairy operation with registered Ayrshires and later, Jerseys. He sold his cows in 1999, and started renting out the land in 2001. Ron was involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) in Westbrook High School. He was awarded the American Farmer Degree in 1959 and he won several trips to the Minnesota Sate Fair thru 4-H with his Ayrshire dairy cattle. After his daughters joined the 4-H, Ron served as a leader of the Des Moines River 4-H club. Ronald thought about attending college but decide the farm would be gone if he did. Ronald also served as a district director for the Associated Milk Producers Incorporated (AMPI) over fifteen years. He was chairman and council of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and after the church merger, of Grace Lutheran Church, Westbrook, where he and Eunice are still members. Century farm Continued on page 3 Bert finally gets circ ed by the Hall of Fame Lovers of Baseball: Travels must include a trip to Cooperstown Editors Note: Jeff T Benson is a sports writer for one of our sister newspapers in Iowa. By Jeff T. Benson Lyon County Reporter (IA) Do you consider yourself to be a true fan of baseball? If so, at some point during your lifetime you must experi- ence the nostalgia and history, honoring excellence in Cooperstown, New York, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown is a village located in Otsego County, New York, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It's a perfect small town setting with a popula- tion over just over 1,800. Thousands upon thousands annually trek to Cooperstown for the July Hall of Fame Weekend, adding more than 17,000 baseball fans plus a large number of current Hall of Famers to the Cooperstown population. According to Baseball Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, only 205 of the 17,000 men who ever played major league baseball over its 146-year history are enshrined. This makes it one of the most exclusive clubs in sports. This year's Hall of Fame weekend included the induction of one man dear to many of Midwestem hearts, and more particularly Minnesota Twins fans, my friend Bert Blyleven. I had the honor of traveling there this year for the first time to be part of the experience, and show my support for Blyleven and his fellow inductees Robert Alomar and Pat Gilliek. Rik Aalbert Blyleven, as his Hall of Fame plaque reads played 22 seasons (1970-1992) with the Twins (1970-1976, 1985-1988), Texas Rangers (1976-1977), Pittsburgh Pirates (1978-1980), Cleveland Indians (1981-1985) and then California Angels (1989-1992), now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was a two-time All- Star, 1989 Comeback Player of the Year, Two-time World Champion (Pittsburgh 1979 and Minnesota 1987), and pitched a no-hitter on Sept. 22, 1977. He compiled 287 wins in his career and is one of only 17 pitchers in major league history to have at least 3,000 strikeouts. He retired officially in the spring of 1993, finishing with 3,701 career strikeouts (third most in history) and 60 shutouts. A rarity today is seeing a pitch- er throw a complete game. Blyleven fmished with 242 in his career. Blyleven, born in Zeist, Holland became the first Dutch Hall of Famer and fourth to go in as a Minnesota Twin following Harmon Killebrew (1984) Rod Carew (1991) and Kirby Puckett (2001). His induction came on his 14th try, and he is the first starting pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writer's Association of Bert Blyleven, 2011 inductee in baseball's Hall of Fame proudly holds his plaque on Sunday, July 24, which was the Hall of Fame gallery. Plctured with Blyleven (left to right): Jeff Idelson, President of Baseball Hall of Fame Museum; Blyleven; Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of Baseball Ha II of Fame; and Major League Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig. (Photo / Jeff 1. Benson) America [BBWAA) since Nolan Ryan in 1999, andjust the 72nd pitcher to be elected overall. Blyleven, Alomar, and Gillick's addition brings the mem- bers of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to 295. Established in 1936, the Hall attracts more than 350,000 visitors annually. For my 84-year old uncle Kenny Bern and I, it was a week-long experience made possible by Blyleven's indue- tion. Sharing time on Friday, July 22 at the Hall of Fame museum with many of Blyleven's family was a highlight. Meeting Bert's 85-year old mother Jannie Blyleven for the first time, and getting to see Todd Blyleven (Bert's son) again after a number of years was a personal highlight. Blyleven co,t. o, ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 INSIDE PAGE 3 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 7 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS " ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune ............... . .............. ==1 i  ...................... . ..........................