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Martin and Johanna Jensen

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 376-377

Martin Jensen came from Denmark to North Dakota in 1905. He married Johanna Jensen on July 25, 1907 and he and his wife moved to Manyberries, Alberta around 1910. In 1925, he began working for the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District in Coalhurst. where he was a ditchrider. He did his work on a saddle horse to start with, and he had to carry his fork on one side of the saddle and his shovel on the other side. Later, he got a two wheeled cart to travel the ditches, and to deliver the water to the farmers.

He moved to the Barrhill area in 1928 and served as water-master in the surrounding district until he retired in 1962. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen have two daughters and four sons. Two of the boys were overseas with the 20th Field Battery and one in the Signal Corps.

Mr. and Mrs. Jensen celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on July 25, 1957. Two of the boys followed in their father's footsteps one became a ditch rider at Barrhill and Fort McLeod, and then a water master at Park Lake. Another was a ditch rider at Barrhill, then moved to the Lenzie District and was a ditch rider there for 10 years, he then moved to Picture Butte and became a water master.

Mrs. Jensen passed away in the fall of 1967. Mr. Jensen passed away in the fall of 1969.

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