Emery Chris Jensen

Emery Chris Jensen (1884-1964) was born on August 9, 1884, to Hettie Ann England and Michael Christian "Cal" Jensen near Cornland, Logan County, Illinois (near Mt. Pulaski). The family lived near the Indian Point area in 1890 before moving in about 1899 to a farm about three miles southwest of Athens, Menard County, Illinois. Emery married Esther Lawson on February 5, 1908. A year later, the young couple along with Emery’s uncle Will England and family left by train for Nebraska to farm. Emery and Esther's first child, Gladys, was born near Cambridge in May 1909, four months before they decided to return to Athens.

Emery started working at the Farmer's Elevator (present location of the Athens Fire Hall) part-time after daughter Helen was born in 1912. They had two other children: Charles Oscar (1913) and Carl Chris (1914). In 1915, Emery was elected manager of the elevator. After the same company bought the lumber yard east of the elevator from E. S. Cheaney and Co., of Petersburg, Emery remained working there as manager of both operations until his retirement in October 1957. After living in a home on Hargrave Street just east of Wood Street since 1910, the Jensen family bought the home built by Michael T. Hargrave further west on Hargrave when it was sold at auction in 1925. Emery and Esther lived in this home until his death on May 25, 1964. Esther built a new home on Jefferson Street near Main Street and lived there until shortly before her death on March 19, 1969. They are both buried in Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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