|Vol. 1, No. 2 - Oct. 2004
Joseph F. Buchanan
Ole Hansen was born on New Year's Day in 1853, son of Hans Jakobsen and Maren Hansen. They lived near Copenhagen, Denmark in the town of Klovtofte (about 10 miles due west of Copenhagen). Maren and the children became acquainted with the gospel somewhere around 1866, but were forbidden to join the church by Hans. After his death on July 15, 1866, the family were baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maren was baptised on 28 Oct 1866, her daughter, Kirsten was baptised on 4 Mar 1867. The family had two other children: Jakob Hansen, born 2 June 1844 and died 19 August 1849 and a previous Ole Hansen, born 20 November 1848 and died 29 February 1852. According to the church emigration records [Copenhagen Conf. 1867, Emig.S.M.- film 025696], Maren, Kirsten and Ole left Denmark in 1867. In America, the family took on the Americanized surname of Jacobson. Kirsten was later known as Christine. He married Soren Jensen at about this time, he also from Denmark. According to the biography, "Ole and his family left their native land with many other converts to sail for America. While crossing the ocean, the mountain fever broke out among the emigrants and some of them died and were buried in the ocean. Ole became very ill with the dreaded disease but his life was spared and he continued to overcome the disease after reaching the shores of America."
The family reached Utah, but lost most of their possessions in the process. They first settled in Bear River, near Brigham City and also lived in Brigham City. According to the biography, "Ole had learned some about carpenter work in Denmark so he worked as an apprentice for a cabinet maker in Brigham City to help meet their living expenses." Apparently they also tried to make a living in Provo and Ole and a friend worked in the Tintic mines. As the history continues, "When a railroad was being built through Leamington Canyon there was a call for men to work there, cutting down pinion pine trees, cutting them up and preparing them for burning to make coke to be used for the train engine. The men would be paid extra good wages. Ole built the coke kilns for burning the coke and they gave service for many years." These kilns are still standing along the road east of Leamington.
Among Ole's talents was the talent of music, which was to affect his future significantly. According to the biography, "He played violin some and played the accordion very well. While working in Leamington Canyon the boys from Leamington asked him if he would play for their dances. His music was appreciated so much he was asked to play for all the dances in the neighboring towns. While playing for dances in Oak City, he met a charming young lady who was considered queen of the ball, Rebecca Dutson. They became very close friends, entered into courtship and later were married in the Salt Lake Endowment House March 14, 1878."
Ole was also quite skilled in carpentry, He built the home for his family as well as some other homes in Oak City. The history states that "Ole was a first class carpenter and built several of the best homes in Oak City and Leamington. They are still in good condition and being occupied by different families down through the many years since being built. He built the cabinet work in many of the old homes which are still being occupied. He was the main carpenter in building the Church House in Oak City."
Ole was not content with just settling down to a conventional life. He was an artist and drew some beautiful pencil portraits (I have one in my possession - of Richard Dutson), usually drawn as a copied enlargement of a photograph. He was an inventor and patented an invention "A Combined Ironing Board and Step Ladder", patent number 866366 dated 17 Sept. 1907. He tried different schemes of farming, including a decision "to try some dry-land farming to raise hay and grain for their animals. He secured the land and they prepared it for planting. One of the townspeople thought he was crazy to try to raise crops without water. He promised to give Ole a dollar for every hat full of grain he could raise on his farm. They planted the grain and the first crop yielded 200 bushels of good hard turkey red wheat. He surprised the townspeople and soon there were dry-land farms taken up on all sides of town."
In addition to his farming work, he went in to the general mercantile business and also had the Post Office in connection with his store. There are some coins around that he had made to be used in his store.
In service to his community, "In the early days of Oak City he organized and led the Martial Band." Also, Ole was heavily involved in the school board and served as the secretary for a number of years. He had beautiful penmanship which is evident in the records he kept. He served as counselor and assistant in Sunday School and Mutual and "Ole was president of the Mutual from 1880 to 1883, and also was the editor of the Mutual paper, called the "Mutual Advance". He wrote several interesting articles for the Mutual paper and encouraged members of the Y.M.M.I.A to write and send in articles for their paper."
Ole Hansen Jacobson died 10 Feb. 1930 at the age of 77. Each one of his eleven of his children lived to be at least 80 years old.
A lot of work was done years ago. I have the research notes that my mother Arvilla received from a professional researcher in Denmark. It appears that the information from that research are all in the system and the temple work has been done. There still may be some records available that were not available then. I have many, many old style typed sheets that need to be entered in my computer system and checked for temple work. A lot of research was done on distant cousins (children of children of sibling lines). So far in my verification, the temple work has generally been done.
Richard Dutson (in pencil), as sketched by Ole Hansen Jacobson