Charles Conrad Jenssen
19 Mar 1841 – 1920
Husband of Valborg Marie Larsen-Alnes
Father of Daniel Bolstad Conrad (Jenssen)
The following is from Memories from Childhood by Solveig Riktor:
Charles Jensen was born and grew up in Hvitsten. He and his siblings became fatherless at a young age. His father was a skipper (captain) and perished at sea. It was like so many people’s destiny in those days. It was not easy to be a widow as in the present, and she was alone with many responsibilities. Charles was happy with his mother and felt love for her. He began as a house painter’s apprentice. They lived in Hvitsten, but he was a house painter’s apprentice in Drøbak. Each weekend he traveled home to his mother, but when Sunday was over, he had to go one bumptious mile (metric) back to Drøbak. He had no money to travel both directions daily. Each day he purchased 1 liter of fresh milk. He poured the milk in a platter and let it stand until the next day. Each morning he skimmed cream and accumulated it in a little pail. This way he had a little pail of cream for his mother when he came home on Saturday. About summertime he had to stop (because of the heat). Yes, an old story relates that he was loving and inventive. Grandmother told me this when I was a small girl. It was a touching story of a young boy.
Grandmother and grandfather were two active people. According to what I have been told, they were the first persons in Drøbak that took photographs. They had a large camera that stood on a stand. They did not use film, but special glass plates. Grandmother took photographs of the children from the time they were small. They started about 1880 and forward. The Drøbak book has many photographs that were photographed by Charles Jensen.
Grandfather was an accomplished landscape artist. The famous Norwegian artists, such as ChristianKrohg, Ludvig Skramstad and Edvard Diriks, encouraged him to open an artist’s studio, but he was too modest to do so.
|1. Daniel Bolstad CONRAD JENSSEN, b. 21 May 1888, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|
|2. Ruth JENSSEN, b. 10 Mar 1883, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|
|3. Esther Marie JENSSEN, b. 20 Jul 1884, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|
|4. Rachel Amalie JENSSEN, b. 4 May 1893, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|
|5. Phillip Wesley JENSSEN, b. 14 Jan 1892, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|
|6. Charles Rudolf JENSSEN, b. 4 Oct 1897, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|
|7. Joseph Pavels CONRAD JENSSEN, b. 14 Mar 1890, Drøbak, Akershus, Norway|