Daniel Bolstad Jennsen Conrad
21 May 1888 – 30 Apr 1946
Husband of Helen Aagot Engh Moore
Daniel Bolstad Jenssen was born into a family of artists in Norway and began painting at a young age. He immigrated to the United States in 1907, at the age of 19, with two of his brothers. Dan and his brother Joseph both changed their last names to Conrad after immigrating. Dan thought this would give him a more unique name, as an artist. While living in Minneapolis, Minnesota he met and married Helen Engh Moore, a Norwegian girl, who had immigrated to the U.S in 1906 at the age of 11. They had 4 children. Early in their marriage they lived on a homestead in Northeastern Montana near Daniel’s sister Ruth and her husband, Gert Petersen.
Daniel was listed in the 1930 and 1940 census as a cabinet maker and an interior decorator, but we knew him as an artist. In the 1930’s and 40’s Dan painted American scenes for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar company in Saint Paul. Brown & Bigelow was one of the best printers of the early 20th century, doing many of the best Maxfield Parrish prints and over 50 years of Norman Rockwell calendars. While Daniel did some work as a cabinet maker and interior decorator, his passion was for painting and he was a prolific artist. He traveled all over the United States looking for locations and inspiration for his paintings. His oil paintings can still be found from time to time, as well as prints, calendars and jig-saw puzzles featuring his paintings.
Dan died at the age of 57, from injuries suffered in a fall from scaffolding while painting murals for a hotel in Eau Claire, WI.
|1. Robert Phillip CONRAD, b. 8 Mar 1919, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota|
|2. Clifford Raymond CONRAD, b. 27 Dec 1923, Scobey, Daniels Montana|
|4. Nancy Mae CONRAD, b. Abt 1930, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota|