Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 413
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a sales representative and served in several
sales and management positions until his
retirement in 1979. They moved to Irving,
Texas in 1956 where Frances died in 1970.
Two children were born. Mary Jo and Robert
Mary Jo, born in 1942, married Leo F.
Williams, Jr. of Hollandale, Mississippi in
1964. They are farming near Hollandale,
Mississippi. Their two sons, Leo F. Williams,
III and Peter Jenson Williams, are still
attending school but also participate in the
Robert Allen Jenson was born in 1949 and
was married in 1968 to Donna Taylor, born
in 1950 in Euless, Texas. Allen has been
employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone
Co. since 1969. They have two daughters and
one son. Denise and Dana are attending
school and are active in church and FFA
projects. Dustin is in kindergarten. They all
live in Breckenridge, Texas.
Dorothy Luzetta Jenson was born in 1920.
After graduating from high school she at-
tended business college. During the war years
she worked at Camp Barkley in Abilene and
married John M. Ward, a career soldier.
Their daughter, Sharon Luzetta, was born in
1943 in Leesville, Louisiana. Sharon, an
executive secretary, married Robert D. Mof-
fett and their two boys, Brian and Craig,
make their home in Duncanville.
Dorothy's second marriage was to M.H.
Watson in Cleburne in 1946 and their union
produced three children. Dalene Ann Kesler
of Arlington, Rita Jean Saylors of Hurst and
Norris Wilbur who died in an automobile
accident in 1970. Rita Jean has two children,
Stephanie and Shawn.
Darwin Moore Jenson, born in 1922,
youngest of the four children, entered the Air
Force in 1942 and after training at several
bases he went overseas, serving most of his
service time in Natal, Brazil. He was dis-
charged from the service in 1945. He returned
to Dublin before moving to Fort Worth where
he worked ten years for General Motors. He
went into the automobile business for himself
in Dallas in 1957.
He is married to M. Earline Bell Smith of
Dallas. He has two daughters, Patricia Sue
Jenson who lives in Springtown, Texas and
Jan Hope Jenson who lives in Tyler, Texas.
Jens Jenson, Jr. and Sarah Swenson Jenson
children were small. Since 1965 she has been
with First State Bank in Cranfills Gap.
Daughter Vicky Marie, was born in 1957.
Vicky attended school in Cranfills Gap where
she graduated in 1976; she went to college at
Angelo State, Baylor, and MCC. Vicky
completed the Registered Nurse course at
MCC in the spring of 1982. Vicky married
Thomas Ross Campbell of Morgan in 1982.
Son William Leroy was born in 1962.
William attended school in Cranfills Gap
where he graduated as valedictorian of his
class in 1980. Later that year William was
killed when his pickup hit a culvert and
overturned a few miles from home. William
enjoyed fishing, sports, and his friends. He
spent a lot of time looking for old things on
the place after he found a six shooter with the
roots of a tree grown around it.
Son Jon Arden was born in 1966. He
attended school at Cranfills Gap where he
graduated in 1984. Jon plans to attend
computer science classes. He enjoys golf and
is an active member of Bosque Valley Golf
Jens Jenson Brovold and wife Thonja
purchased land in Bosque County in 1854 and
more joining it in 1863. Jens Jenson, eldest
of their eleven children, purchased a portion
of this from his father in 1867.
by H.P. Jenson
JENSON, ARDEN LEROY
Home of four Jenson generations. Present owners-the Arden Jensons.
Arden Leroy Jenson was born in 1927 at the
Jenson farm in the Norse community. He was
the youngest son of the seven children born
to Palmer Samuel and Frieda Schulze Jen-
Arden attended school at Meridian Creek
School until it was consolidated with Cran-
fills Gap School in 1938. He later graduated
there in 1945.
Arden farmed his father's place, sheared
sheep, and did ranch work. In 1946 and 1949
he worked on a grain harvest trip for Hans
J. Hansen that took them as far as the
In 1953 Arden married Geraldine Joyce
Ables, daughter of Haskell Elton Ables and
Maida Elizabeth Ables of Granbury. After
they married they lived on the Pierson place
owned by H.D. and Jane Mackey. Two years
later they moved to the Knudson place owned
by Rufus and Rose Ward. In 1958 they
purchased his father's farm.
Arden farmed and ranched for himself and
others, worked as a carpenter, for a telephone
line contractor and on various other jobs until
1964. Arden began working for Johns-Man-
ville insulation plant in Cleburne. He was
foreman there until 1969, when he quit to
take the position of manager for the William
B. Bertelsen Insurance Co. in Cranfills Gap.
Arden returned to Johns-Manville in 1970 as
a supervisor in the Furnace Department.
Geraldine was employed as bookkeeper for
Stevens Motor & Implement Co. in Clifton
in 1954. She worked there for several years,
except for short periods when their first two
Jens Jenson built a one-room rock house
on the land, built mostly of material found
on the place. Limestone was dug from the
hills sawed into shape on the spot, then
hauled to the building site near Gary Creek.
This rock was also used in the mortar after
it had been heated and pounded into dust.
Trees found on the place were used for floor
joists and rafters, hand cut into shape.
Jens brought his bride, Sarah Swenson, to
live there when they were married in 1869.
Their nine children-Theresa, Jens Thomas,
Clara, Bennie, Palmer, Canute, Joseph,
Edna, and Alma-were all born there. Rooms
were added to the house as needed; the major
change was made around 1900.
Palmer and wife, Frieda Schulze Jenson,
purchased the farm in 1919. Their six
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