Ephraim Levi Jensen
Ephraim Levi Jensen
Ephraim Levi Jensen  ‎(I360)‎
Given Names: Ephraim Levi
Surname: Jensen

Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 6 February 1880 26 27 North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Death: 25 February 1971 ‎(Age 91)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Personal Facts and Details
Birth Birth 6 February 1880 26 27 North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA

Military Military WWI Draft Registration


Show Details Source: MILITARY: Draft Registration Cards - WWI
Publication: 4,582 rolls.
  Text: Registration Location: Ada County, Idaho; Roll: 1452109; Draft Board: 0

Ephraim Levi Jensen WWI Draft Registration CardEphraim Levi Jensen WWI Draft Registration Card


Marriage Marriage Lucy Elliott - 1 April 1911 ‎(Age 31)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA

Military Military 1942 ‎(Age 61)‎ Age: 63 WWII Draft Registration Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA


Source: MILITARY: Draft Registration Cards - WWII
Publication: Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration.

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Death Death 25 February 1971 ‎(Age 91)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA

Ephraim Levi Jensen death certificateEphraim Levi Jensen death certificate


Burial Burial 1 March 1971 ‎(4 days after death)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Cemetery Cemetery: Cloverdale Cemetery

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Parents Family  (F66)
Jens Pedersen
1853 - 1934
Karen Sophie "Sophia" Hansen
1852 - 1935
Annie Sophie Jensen
1871 - 1947
James Jensen
1872 - 1954
Julia Jensen
1875 - 1960
Eva Catherine Jensen
1877 - 1964
Ephraim Levi Jensen
1880 - 1971
Susan May Jensen
1882 - 1965
Henry Lewis Jensen
1886 - 1960
Joseph Moroni Jensen
1888 - 1984
Florence Jensen
1891 - 1891
Vera Jensen
1894 - 1959

Immediate Family  (F52)
Lucy Elliott
1887 - 1958
Bonnie LaVere Jensen
1912 - 2008
Dee Elliot Jensen
1913 - 1962
Gwendolyn Lucile Jensen
1915 - 2015


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Life Story of Ephriam Levi Jensen

On February 6. 1880, at North Ogden, a son was born to James Jensen and Sophia Hansen Jensen, He was the fourth in a family of ten children. He was given the name of Ephriam Levi Jensen.

At the age of six he started to school in a small frame structure which has been torn down, to make room for a church. After school, he with a few other boys would hide behind the benches until the teacher and students left so that they might pla y marbles. There was always work to be done by small boys after school and they usually hurried home. There was wood to be gathered from the mountain, fruit to be packed and gardens to be taken care of.

When they became tired of studying or sitting still, they would ask the teacher if they might carry in some coal or some wood or get a bucket of water. Each student was required to bring his own slate to class. A small bottle of cleaner was alsoc arried along with them to clean their slates.
For lack of anything better to do they would pull the corks out of the bottle with a bang to annoy the teacher.

One day I became real poetic and taking a girls slate, I wrote "Way down South where the lightning flashed and the thunder roared, a little pig lay down to snore”, just about that time the teacher came along and for punishment I was made to stand before the class and read it aloud after I had put it on the blackboard. The teacher said, "Do you think that looks good" and I remarked, "It doesn't look bad."

Some of my teachers names were Wiley Cragun, Ed. Shaw, Josie Seaman, Hilda Larsen and Mrs Ed. Shaw.

One of the games we played was called cat. It was played with a short stick pointed on both ends. This was hit by a stick to see how far you could get it away from the circle.

Schooling was very scarce for such a busy boy and by the time I had reached the 7th grade, there was no time for school .

My birthdays were always remembered with a party. We were served Salmon sandwiches at one birthday party I attended.

The first home I remember was a 2 room brick house on /Willard Cragun’s farm, Pleasant View, Weber County. My cousin ‎(Pedar Hansen)‎ also lived with us. One day mv father, Willard Cragun and my cousin went into the hills to hunt rabbits.

There was snow on the around and he laid his gun on the rocks where it slipped in the snow going off hitting my cousin in the stomach. His grey hound dog came home and scratched at the door until my mother got help and followed him and found them bringing my cousin down the hill. He
was dead when they reached the house.

My first girl friend was Hattie Shaw. As her father didn’t want her to go with fellows, I didn’t take her out very many times. I then went with Minnie Stahn.

Our Christmases were celebrated at the church. We did not have Christmas trees in our home, but every one met at the church and every one was given a present. The boys usually received a pocket knife or harmonica.

At the age of 15, I was baptized a member of the LDS church. ‎(April 4, 1895)‎ One day my cousin ‎(Joe Sanders)‎ and myself were communicating with each other whistling back and forth through the orchard by a code we had made up. In whistling back an dforth 1 asked him if he would like to be baptized and he said yes. We went over to Wilford Cragun’s home and asked him to baptize us. He baptized us in a big pond in his field.

During one summer I worked at Utah Hot Springs, helping build part of the building that housed the hot springs. Also helped unload a car of coal and did clean up work around the hot springs.

Father had a two room brick home built. My brother had a double barrel shotgun hanging on the wall and not knowing it was loaded picked it up and blew a hole in the wall. My father later built a larger brick home, which was destroyed by fire.

One Sunday two fellows broke into the store that my father owned. He owned a merchandise store and als the Post Office at Pleasant View. The building belonged to Mrs. Cragun. My father and Bishop Wade were in business for awhile but my father bou ght him out. My father and some of the men in the neighborhood took after the men who had robbed the store and caught them in a field. My father brought them to the house, gave them their dinner and then took them to jail. They said if they ever gotout they would burn the place down and later the store was burned to the ground as it was just a frame building.

At the age of eighteen, I took up bicycle racing as a hobby. I rode in a number of different races and always winning all the races that I rode in. I won the Macabee Lodge race and carried off $15.00 prize money. It was held on Labor Day in about 1898, and the 10 mile route was over a rugged road between 25th St. in Ogden and the foothills west of North Ogden. I made the whole distance in 30 minutes flat. There were 13 fellows in the race. A four mile race from North Ogden to Pleasant Vi ew for which I received a bicycle lamp and a two mile race from Utah Hot Springs to Cold Springs, for which I received a sweater. I earned the money to buy myself a new bicycle every year.

My father was in the Fruit & Produce business and also owned fruit farms. I worked for him until I was twenty one. While at home I also worked for some neighbors and at times I worked for the Proudfit Sporting Goods Co. It was my job to do the co llecting of overdue accounts. I was quite successful in collecting these accounts.

At night I would take a team and wagon and go into town for vegetables which were packed and shipped by my father. In my spare time I would go on horseback and gather water cress which we tied in bunches and shipped.

For three years I held a contract with the government to deliver mail from Pleasant View to Hot Springs and back again. On horseback for awhile and later on a bicycle. Some days the mail bag was heavily loaded with mail. I carried the mail from J uly 1898 to June 30. 1902.

During the time Grover Cleveland was President, we were in a depression and were not able to get money from the banks. The banks issued scrip which we used to buy our necessities. My father and I spent the days hauling wood from North, Ogden Cany on, using chains and wagons, as
there was no money to buy coal. The railroads were tied up and there was no coal brought in,

About the year 1902 I left for St, Anthony to go into the Sporting Goods business. My brother ‎(Jim)‎ and myself were in the business as partners. We had a photo shop in the upstairs of the Sporting Goods building. My brother and I owned two tandem bicycles. One day with a friend, we took a tandem on a fishing trip. Just as we got to the top of the hill and started down, we noticed a herd of cows at the bottom of the hill. Of course, the tandems in those days didn’t have brakes and it sure looked like disaster. But luck was with us and the last of the cows were leaving the road as we neared the bottom. I and a friend ‎(Herb Sturdvant)‎ rode from St. Anthony to Idaho Falls to a baseball game on the tandem.

While I was in St. Anthony, I bought a Swell Body Cutter and harness. I also had a set of sleigh bells made for the horse. Mr. Hopf loaned me his horse to use. We used the cutter to go to dances in the country. My friend Walt Smith and I went toP arker, Wilford & Teton City to dances. I won the prize for waltzing. It was a box of candy. I also won the prize for waltzing at one of the dances at Ogden, Utah.

We later sold our business to Cecil Hapf and went to Blackfoot, Idaho and opened a bicycle and sporting goods business there. I stayed there a short time and then sold my interest to my brother and returned to stay with my parents for about a yea rhelping them with the fruit.

Jim ‎(my brother)‎ came to Weiser and then to Boise. A year later I came to Boise to join him. I worked for the Intermountain Automobile Co. for the year 1909. In 1910 I went to work for Mr. William Henry Ernest Hull at the Hull Cyclery. My Bosswas a real good man and after working for him, he said I think you know more about the business than I do so I am going to turn it over to you and I was in charge of the business. I worked for this man for about 7 years. I then went to Ogden, where I worked for the Salt Lake Hardware for a short time. Later coming back to Boise I worked for Everett C. Smith in the Boise Cyclery for six years.

In the year 1911 I was married to Lucy Elliott of St. Anthony and we made our home in Boise, Idaho.

On Feb. 20, 1912, Bonnie was born and later Dee and Gwendolyn. This made a happy home although it was necessary for me to work early and late always keeping out of debt.

The year 1913 with Bonnie we made a trip to the Salt Lake Temple where we were sealed as man and wife and our daughter Bonnie was sealed to us.

In the year 1913 on March 30, I was ordained an Elder and on July 26, 1913 I was ordained a Ward Teacher by Geo W. Lewis. On Oct 24, 1930 I was ordained a Seventy by Clarance T. Ward.

In the year 1924, I was laid off work and there was no work to be had. For six months I walked the streets looking for a job of any kind. After becoming very discouraged, I decided to go into the bicycle business for myself. Many of the boys whoI had previously done work for brought their bicycles to our house for me to repair. After much hesitation I decided to try a business of my own. Out of two large garage doors I fashioned a bicycle rack and a work bench. A small building was rente d on eighth street and with a small order of stock and two new bicycles I was ready for business.

A kind neighbor, Mr. Neadew, with team and wagon was ready to carry the belongings to the new shop. Of course the family had to ride with the precious belongings. Business started the moment the door was open. The first customer was Tom Compton‎(w ho’s father owned the Compton Transfer business)‎ who purchased the first bicycle.

After much planning and deciding the name for the new establishment was decided upon as “Jensen’s Bicycle Shop”. From the first day this business had been a success. I was in this building for thirteen years. Then the building was torn downand I moved my business to a building on 7th street just across the alley from the Ada Theater where I was in business for approximately eight or nine years. This building was also torn down and as there were no other buildings available I movedmy sto ck to the garage at my home on 9th St where I took care of my customers.

One of my most remembered months was July 1926 when I made $1000 clear profit and sold eight new bicycles in one day. During these years I bought and paid for my home and two new Oldsmobiles, paying cash for both of them, $1100 for the first and$ 1200 for the second.

We purchased our home in 1918 at l6ll N. 9th St. Boise, Idaho and in 1950 sold this home and built a new one at 3227 Crescent Rim Dr., Boise, Idaho

After we built our new home I moved my stock to my son's building on Crescent Rim where I continued to work on bicycles until the death of my son. By then my eyesight began to fail and I closed my shop and after the death of my wife, I moved in w ith my daughter, Bonnie where I spent my time gardening and working in the yard with the flowers.

I held the following positions in the church.
2nd Counselor in the Sunday School Superintendency in the First Ward for 8 years.
Secretary of the Elders Quorum
Secretary of the Seventies Quorum
I was made a High Priest the 31st day of July 1960 by Elton Peter Larsen.

My first public speaking was at Stake Conference, where I was called upon to speak to the audience.

My hobbies have been bicycle racing, dancing and raising flowers.


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Military MILITARY: Draft Registration Cards - WWI
Publication: 4,582 rolls.
  Text: Registration Location: Ada County, Idaho; Roll: 1452109; Draft Board: 0
Military MILITARY: Draft Registration Cards - WWII
Publication: Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration.

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Family with Parents
Father
Jens Pedersen ‎(I363)‎
Birth 17 June 1853 32 31 Serritslev, Hjørring, Denmark
Death 24 April 1934 ‎(Age 80)‎ Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
-1 year
Mother
 
Karen Sophie "Sophia" Hansen ‎(I364)‎
Birth 3 June 1852 46 41 Stensby, Præstø, Denmark
Death 23 May 1935 ‎(Age 82)‎ Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA

Marriage: 4 July 1870 -- Mound Fort, Weber, Utah, USA
9 months
#1
Sister
Annie Sophie Jensen ‎(I366)‎
Birth 7 April 1871 17 18 Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, USA
Death 16 February 1947 ‎(Age 75)‎ Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
17 months
#2
Brother
James Jensen ‎(I367)‎
Birth 4 September 1872 19 20 Alpine, Utah, Utah, USA
Death 14 January 1954 ‎(Age 81)‎ Torrance, Los Angeles, California, USA
3 years
#3
Sister
Julia Jensen ‎(I368)‎
Birth 27 February 1875 21 22 Harrisville, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 13 May 1960 ‎(Age 85)‎ Burley, Cassia, Idaho, USA
3 years
#4
Sister
Eva Catherine Jensen ‎(I370)‎
Birth 6 October 1877 24 25 Harrisville, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 25 February 1964 ‎(Age 86)‎ Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
2 years
#5
Ephraim Levi Jensen ‎(I360)‎
Birth 6 February 1880 26 27 North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 25 February 1971 ‎(Age 91)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
3 years
#6
Sister
Susan May Jensen ‎(I371)‎
Birth 11 December 1882 29 30 Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 15 June 1965 ‎(Age 82)‎ Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon, USA
3 years
#7
Brother
Henry Lewis Jensen ‎(I372)‎
Birth 1 January 1886 32 33 Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 1 August 1960 ‎(Age 74)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
3 years
#8
Brother
Joseph Moroni Jensen ‎(I365)‎
Birth 27 August 1888 35 36 Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 12 June 1984 ‎(Age 95)‎ Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
3 years
#9
Sister
Florence Jensen ‎(I369)‎
Birth 18 March 1891 37 38 Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
Death March 1891 Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
3 years
#10
Sister
Vera Jensen ‎(I373)‎
Birth 11 January 1894 40 41 Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 20 January 1959 ‎(Age 65)‎ Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Family with Lucy Elliott
Ephraim Levi Jensen ‎(I360)‎
Birth 6 February 1880 26 27 North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Death 25 February 1971 ‎(Age 91)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
7 years
Wife
 
Lucy Elliott ‎(I361)‎
Birth 20 February 1887 30 30 Tankersley, Yorkshire, England
Death 15 March 1958 ‎(Age 71)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA

Marriage: 1 April 1911 -- Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
11 months
#1
Daughter
Bonnie LaVere Jensen ‎(I1135)‎
Birth 20 February 1912 32 25 Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Death 28 August 2008 ‎(Age 96)‎ Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA
17 months
#2
Son
Dee Elliot Jensen ‎(I362)‎
Birth 3 August 1913 33 26 Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Death 7 February 1962 ‎(Age 48)‎ Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
2 years
#3
Daughter
Gwendolyn Lucile Jensen ‎(I207)‎
Birth 1 October 1915 35 28 Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Death 23 March 2015 ‎(Age 99)‎ Ammon, Bonneville, Idaho, USA