Lars Peter Christensen

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Lars Peter Christensen was born in Lille Karlsminde, Denmark, on September 19, 1860, in a home where his parents occupied half the space and cows the other half. His parents were Christen Jensen and Anne Kirstine Nielsdatter Christensen.
In 1871, the Christensen family left their homeland for America, crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the steamship “Minnesota.” They had joined the Mormon Church and wanted to relocate to Utah. After landing in New York, they continued their journey by railroad to Brigham City.
Initially Lars worked for the Co-op, then peddled notions, dry goods, and fruit. After a few years he only peddled fruit as it was the most profitable. Lars grew nearly all of his fruit and had a large orchard. His route included Idaho. As his business grew, Lars acquired property where he built a large barn and corrals for his horses and cows. He was one of the first in the city to raise White Leghorn chickens.
Lars purchased one of the first electric washing machines in Brigham City. While demonstrating its use to a nervous hired girl and telling her “It’s simple to operate,” Lars caught his hand between the top wringer and the wooden frame, which cut the skin off the top of his hand, then folded the skin back in a neat slice.
On July 15, 1891, Lars married Kirstine Marie Jensen. The couple had nine children. Their son Alma died when he was eight years old when hit by a train while driving cows home from their pasture. Marie died November 27, 1909. Lars never remarried. He died June 21, 1924.

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