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  • Born 14 April 1885 - Americus, Lyon, Kansas
  • Deceased 14 July 1983 - Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa,aged 98 years old

 Spouses

  • With Amanda Katherine Wilson, born 2 February 1895 - Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, deceased 14 April 1968 - Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa aged 73 years old , buried after 14 April 1968 - Memorial Park Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa (Parents :M Sören Peter Wilson 1865-1944 & F Kristina Marie Sorensen 1869-1937)

 Notes

Individual Note

Olaf Frederick Jensen
14 APR 1885 - 14 JUL 1983
BIRTH: 14 APR 1885, Americus, KS
DEATH: 14 JUL 1983, Council Bluffs, IA
Father: Jensen
Spouse: Amanda Katherine Wilson
Children:
Ferne Virginia Jensen
Russell Soren Jensen
Jeanette Louise Jensen
Earl Wilson Jensen
-- Carrigan Genealogy, http://www.carriganlane.com/w_dir/d0000/g0000016.html#I1231

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Alan Kent Boucher, 18 Jan 2010

This story was told by Dick Wilson through his online magazine called The Brass Switchkey

Jim L. Rueber's story of the CNW engineer with a 6th sense triggered a story that my uncle, Olaf Jensen, told me back in the 1960's. I'm not sure of the exact date and it the event may have occurred in the 1940's.

Uncle Olaf had plenty of seniority as an engineman on the Rock Island and worked the Rock Island Rocket out of Council Bluffs to Des Moines. The trackage was single track mainline and on this particular day they were headed eastward out of Atlantic, Iowa. He knew that there was a westbound freight ahead but the signal system was down and the crew was not sure where the freight might be. So, communicating with the conductor, Olaf insisted that they back into a siding near Anita. The conductor agreed and just shortly after backing into the siding, the westbound freight came chugging around the bend.

Thus, a possible cornfield meet had been avoided. A 6th sense ... maybe there is something that engineers possessed after years on the job. Olaf worked the Council Bluffs yard in the early 1900's, eventually handled road service, then held down the Oakland branch job around WW2, and afterwards followed the passenger run. He retired after over 50 years of service around 1954 and passed away at age 99. He kept a complete diary of his early engineman days and was responsible for the Rock Island Adair, Iowa, memorial to the engineer that was killed during the Jesse James' gang robbery. Olaf was an amateur inventor and family members said he had a patent on a railroad crossing device that he developed.
-- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/story/7fbac028-f3dc-46c9-8d83-b4789b7af1ef
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 Sources

  • Individual: 1925 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie County - Council Bluffs Ward 5, page 403, 927 6th Avenue - - Jensen, Olaf Head M W 39 Rents $25/mo 39 yrs in US, 20 yrs in Iowa 4t - h rader rural grade edu b Kansas; Father Jensen Soren b Denmark age 7 - 1 mother Christensen Christiana b Denmark age 69 married Denmark; Jen - sen, Amanda Wife F W 30 30 yrs in US, 30 yrs in Iowa 8th grade ed - u b Iowa; Father Wilson Soren b Denmark age 59 mother Sorenson Christ - iana b Denmark age 56 married Iowa
    1910 Federal Census, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma - 18 April, Council Bluffs Ward 4, District 140, page 5B, 1701 So 9th St, Hse #102, Fam #103 - - Wilson, Amanda K Dau F W 15 Single Iowa Denmark Denmark; parents: Wi - lson, Sorne [sic, =Soren] Head M W 45 Married 16 yrs Denmark Denmar - k Denmark immigrated 1887 Naturalized Coal Dealer Owns; Wilson, Chris - tina M Wife F W 40 Married 16 yrs 4 children/4 living Denmark Denmar - k Denmark
    Carrigan Genealogy - - Olaf Frederick Jensen, BIRTH 14 APR 1885, Americus, KS, DEATH 14 JUL 1 - 983, Council Bluffs, IA; Father: Jensen; Spouse: Amanda Katherine Wi - lson -- http://www.carriganlane.com/w_dir/d0000/g0000016.html#I1231
  • Birth:
    - 1925 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie County - Council Bluffs Ward 5, page 403, 927 6th Avenue - Jensen, Olaf Head M W 39 Rents $25/mo 39 yrs in US, 20 yrs in Iowa 4th rader rural grade edu b Kansas; Father Jensen Soren b Denmark age 71 mother Christensen Christiana b Denmark age 69 married Denmark; Jensen, Amanda Wife F W 30 30 yrs in US, 30 yrs in Iowa 8th grade edu b Iowa; Father Wilson Soren b Denmark age 59 mother Sorenson Christiana b Denmark age 56 married Iowa
    - Carrigan Genealogy - Olaf Frederick Jensen, BIRTH 14 APR 1885, Americus, KS, DEATH 14 JUL 1983, Council Bluffs, IA; Father: Jensen; Spouse: Amanda Katherine Wilson -- http://www.carriganlane.com/w_dir/d0000/g0000016.html#I1231
  • Death: Carrigan Genealogy - Olaf Frederick Jensen, BIRTH 14 APR 1885, Americus, KS, DEATH 14 JUL 1983, Council Bluffs, IA; Father: Jensen; Spouse: Amanda Katherine Wilson -- http://www.carriganlane.com/w_dir/d0000/g0000016.html#I1231

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