CHRISTIAN JOHAN “CHRIST” CHRISTENSEN
Christian Johan “Christ” Christensen gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)
B. June 10, 1881 in Sulsted, Denmark
D. March 1963
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- Father: Jensine Christensen
- Mother: Ane Kirstine (Johansen) Christensen
- Wife: Dorothy (Fredericksen) (Fox) Christensen born December 17, 1880 in Aalborg, Denmark; married (1) John Gerret Fox (1878-1928) on May 1, 1909 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married (2) Christ J. Christensen on June 12, 1929 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Dorothy died December 1960 (See section pertaining to Dorothy (Fredericksen) (Fox) Christensen buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Ane Dorthea Christensen born about 1885
- Marie Josefine Christensen born September 8, 1889 1889; married Christian Peter Holst on May 9, 1911 in Denmark
According to the Denmark, Church Records, 1812, 1918:
“Name: Christian John Christensen; Gender: Madlig (Male); Baptism Age: 0; Event Type: fødsel (Birth); Birth Date: 10 Juni 1881; Baptism Date: 6 Apr 1882; Baptism Place: Sulsted, Ålborg, Danmark (Denmark); Father: Jensine Christensen; Mother: Ane Kirstine Johansen”
According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 1919 Spaulding Ave., the household members were:
“Christ Christensen, head, age 49, married first at age 47, born in Denmark, parents born in Denmark, immigrated in 1915; occupation: machinist – machine shop; Dorothy Christensen, wife, age 48, married first at age 28, born in Denmark, parents born in Denmark; Herman Fox, step-son, age 18, single, born in Illinois, occupation: electrician; Myrtle Fox, step-daughter, age 10, single, born in Illinois; Bernice Mondry, boarder, age 21, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany, occupation: operator – punch press”
According to the Illinois, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991:
“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
PETITION FOR NATURALIZATION
To the Honorable the DISTRICT Court of THE UNITED STATES at CHICAGO, ILL.
The petition of CHRISTIAN JOHAN CHRISTENSEN, hereby filed, respectfully shows (1) My place of residence is 1921 N. Sawyer Ave., Chicago, Ill. (2) My occupation is Machinist. (3) I was born in Sulsted, Denmark on June 10, 1881. My race is Scandinavian. (4) blank. (5) I am married. The name of my wife is Dorothy, we were married on June 12, 1929 in Chicago, Ill.; She was born at Aalborg, Denmark on December 17, 1880; entered the United States at New York, N. Y. on November 14, 1906 for permanent residence therein, and now resides at with me. I have no children, and the name, date, and place of birth, and place of residence of each of said children are as follows: My wife is a U.S. citizen through the naturalization of her former husband, Gerrit Fox, May 5, 1921, Circuit Ct., Chicago, Ill. (6) My last foreign residence was Sulsted, Denmark. I emigrated to the United States of America from Copenhagen, Denmark. My lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N. Y., under the name of Christensen, Christian J. on March 27, 1914, on the vessel SS Oscar II. (7) I am not a disbeliever in or opposed to organized government or a member of or affiliated with any organization or body of persons teaching disbelief in or opposed to organized government. I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the principle of polygamy. I am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States. It is my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to CHRISTIAN X, KING OF DENMARK AND ICELAND of whom (which) at this time I am a subject (or citizen), and it is my intention to reside permanently in the United States. (8) I am able to speak the English language. (9) I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of three years at least immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit, since March 27, 1914 and in the County of Cook, this State, continuously next preceding the date of this petition, since Sept. 1926, petition filed under Sec. 2 Act Sept. 22, 1922, as amended. (10) I have not heretofore made petition for Naturalization.
I, your aforesaid petitioner being duly sworn, depose and say that I have read this petition and know the contents thereof; that the same is true of my own knowledge except as to matters herein stated to be alleged upon information and belief, and that as to those matters I believe it to be true: and that this petition is signed by me with my full, true name.
Signed: “Christian Johan Christensen”
AFFIDAVITS OF WITNESSES
Charles J. Westring, occupation newspaper dealer residing at 1921 N. Sawyer Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Charles A. Erickson, occupation maintenance man residing at 1921 N. Sawyer Ave., Chicago
each being severally, duly, and respectively sworn, deposes and says that he is a citizen of the United States of America; that he has personally known and has been acquainted in the United States with CHRISTIAN JOHN CHRISTENSEN, the petitioner above mentioned, since March 15, 1934 and that to his personal knowledge the petitioner has resided in the United States continuously preceding the date of filing this petition, of which this affidavit is a part, to wit, since the date last mentioned, and at Chicago, Ill., in the County of Cook this State, in which the above-entitled petition is made, continuously since March 15, 1934, and that he has personal knowledge that the petitioner is and during all such periods has been a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States, and that in his opinion the petitioner is in every way qualified to be admitted a citizen of the United States.
(Signature of witnesses)
Subscribed and sworn to before me by the above-named petitioner and witnesses in the office of the Clerk of said Court at Chicago, Ill. this 23 day of April, Anno Domini 1937. I hereby certify that certificate of arrival No. 11-161305 from the Department of Labor, showing the lawful entry for permanent residence of the petitioner above named has been by me filed with, attached to, and made a part of this petition on this date.
HENRY W. FREEMAN, Clerk”
According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 1921 Sawyer Avenue, the household members were:
“Chris Christensen, head, age 58, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Denmark, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: machinist – machine shop; Dorothy Christensen, wife, age 58, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Denmark, lived in same house in 1935”
According to the U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:
“Name: Christian Johann Christensen; Place of Residence: 1921 N. Sawyer Ave, Cook County, Ill; Mailing Address: Same; Telephone: none; Age in Years: 60; Date of Birth: June 10, 1881; Place of Birth: Denmark; Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Dorothy Christensen, 1921 N. Sawyer Ave; Employer’s Name and Address: Onsrvd Machine Works; Place of Employment: 3900 Palmer St, Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Race: White; Height: 5′ 4″; Weight: 170#; Eyes: Hazel; Hair: Brown, Gray; Complexion: Ruddy; Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: Tatoo on arm; Signed: April 27 – 1942”
According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Round Lake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Park Ave, the household members were:
“Christ J. Christensen, head, age 68, married, born in Denmark, Occupation: Soiderer of Regulators – Manufactors of Regulators; Dorothy Christensen, wife, age 69, married born in Denmark”