Jens Hans Jensen, 1849- [RG2694.AM]


RG2694.AM:  Jens Hans Jensen, 1849-

Papers:  1875, n.d.

Fredericksburg, Kearney County, Neb.:  Merchant

Size:  2 items on microfilm filmstrip


Jens H. Jensen was born in Denmark in 1849, and was a son of Thomas and Mern Jensen, who came to the United States in 1871. Jens came to this country in 1870. He first went to Missouri and then came to Nebraska in the fall of 1872, working in Omaha on the railroad. In 1874 he took up a homestead in Kearney County, and with his brother, Jens L., opened the first store south of the sand hills, in what was known as Fredericksborg. He was elected as county clerk in 1881 and re-elected in 1883. He moved to Minden, Nebraska in January of 1882. In 1883 he invested in Minden real estate and laid out the Jensen addition and the Evans addition to the city. He erected a the Jensen Hotel and conducted a large farming implement business. Jens H. Jensen married Miss Mary Beisel, a native of Iowa, in January of 1884. They had three children: Valentine, Thomas and Goldie. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.


This film strip contains two items: 1) Incorporation papers of the J. Jensen and Bro. Store, Fredericksborg, 17 September 1875 (which served also as a Danish community center in Kearney County); and 2) Picture of a store in Denmark where Mr. Jensen served his apprenticeship.

The collection was loaned for filming in December of 1955.


Film strip #17

Incorporation papers of the J. Jensen and Bro. Store, Fredericksborg, 17 September 1875

Picture of a store in Denmark where Mr. Jensen served his apprenticeship



Danes in Nebraska

Fredericksburg (Neb.) — Businesses

Jensen, Jens Hans, 1849-

Kearney County (Neb.) — History

Mechants — Nebraska


WFS/HEK/js   05-13-1965

JEP/DDS/pmc   07-21-1971

Encoded TMM   05-11-2010

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

The Woman on the White Horse

The Woman on the White Horse

The Silver Bugs of 1896

The Silver Bugs of 1896

Marker Monday: Japanese Balloon Bombs

Marker Monday: Japanese Balloon Bombs

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

Education Digital Learning Resources

Find games, lists, and more to enhance your history education curriculum.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

History Nebraska Services

Digital Resources

Find all of our digital resources, files, videos, and more, all in one easy-to-search page!

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.