Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the many substantial farmers and fruit growers of Danish stock throughout this region, few have a wider acquaintance than William Jensen, proprietor of a fine fruit ranch in the Corralitos neighborhood in Santa Cruz county, and an apple packer and shipper who has made quite a gratifying success of his operations along that line. He is a native of the Kingdom of Denmark, born February 27, 1868, and is a son of William.and..Marie Jensen, both also natives of that country and long since deceased, the former passing away in 1887.

William Jensen was reared on a small farm in his native country and there was familiarized with the details of such intensive farming as is characteristic of the operations of the Danish agriculturist, to whom every foot of land must give a proper account of itself. He was nineteen years of age when his father died, and in the following year, when twenty years of age, he came to this country and proceeded on out into California, taking employment on farms in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, and has ever since been associated with agricultural operations hereabout-a period of nearly forty years. In 1913 Mr. Jensen bought the place of fifty-four acres on which he is now living in Corralitos, and has developed there a very fine apple orchard, the quality of the products of his trees commanding a high market. Mr. Jensen also operates the apple packing plant formerly owned by Harry Davis, and buys, packs and ships apples and other fruits, a detail of his operations which he has developed to very successful proportions, his sons being associated with him in the business.

In 1899 William Jensen was united in marriage to Miss Bodel Anderson, who also was born in the Kingdom of Denmark, and to this union four children have been born: Albert, Edgar, Edna and Earl. The two elder sons, Albert and Edgar, have a partnership interest in the fruit business with their father and are active factors in that business. William Jensen is a member of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and takes a warm interest in the affairs of that organization.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.