George Jensema, who follows diversified farming two miles west of Sheboygan, was born in Holland on the 23rd of September, 1868, and is a son of John and Clara Jensema. The family came to the United States in the spring of 1880, and located in the vicinity of the town of Holland, where for ten years the father rented a farm which he cultivated.
At the expiration of that time he bought forty acres of land in Holland township, which he cultivated for a time, but he later sold it and went to Lima township and bought a smaller farm in the village of Gibbsville. There both he and the mother passed the remainder of their days, his death occurring in 1892 and that of the mother in 1897. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Jensema numbered six, all of whom are living, our subject being the fourth in order of birth.
The first twelve years in the life of George Jensema were passed in his native land, where he began his education, completing it in the district schools of Sheboygan Falls township. At the age of fourteen he laid aside his text books and began working out as a farm hand, following this occupation until 1892, when he engaged in the occupation of fishing. He continued in this line for seven years but at the expiration of that time once more turned his attention to agricultural pursuits.
In April, 1907, he accepted a position as attendant in the insane asylum at Sheboygan, where he was employed for nearly three years. After leaving there he again went to farming and now owns fifty acres of well cultivated land two miles west of the city of Sheboygan. Mr. Jensema is diligently applying himself to the further improvement and cultivation of his place, and in connection with his general farming is raising graded cattle and such other stock as is needed on his farm.
On the 14th of March, 1899, Mr. Jensema was married to Miss Hattie Obrink, a daughter of B. H. Obrink, a veteran of the Civil war. The parents were both natives of Holland and pioneer residents of Sheboygan county, having located here soon after their arrival in the country. Mrs. Jensema passed away in 1906, and in February, 1910, Mr. Jensema married Mrs. Delia Mead, the widow of C. Mead and a daughter of E. Hartman, a native of Holland.
The measure of prosperity which Mr. Jensema had achieved is attributable entirely to his industry, perseverance and resourcefulness.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL