Jens Halverson was for many years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in this county but is now living
retired at Marengo. He was born on the 6th of February, 1844, in Norway, a son of Halver Engebertson and Karste
(Helgeson) Hagenes, both likewise natives of that country, where they passed their entire lives. They were the
parents of seven children.
Jens Halverson grew to maturity in his native land and there acquired a common school education. He remained at
home until 1869, when he was about twenty six years of age, and then emigrated to the new world, making his way
direct to Iowa county, Iowa. He located in the vicinity of Marengo and was employed for about two years as a farm
hand. At the end of that time he was married and began farming rented land. It was several years before he was
able to buy land of his own but at length he purchased a farm on section 17, Hilton township, where he resided
for eight years. At the end of that time he sold that place and bought an eighty acre tract in Pilot township,
which remained his home for four years. After selling that property he rented land for a number of years but subsequently
purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Hilton township, where he resided until he retired from active life and
removed to Conroy, later becoming a resident of Marengo. He was energetic and progressive as a farmer and accumulated
a competence that enables him to spend his declining years in rest and leisure.
Mr. Halverson married Miss Rebecca Oleson, likewise a native of Norway and a daughter of Mons and Gunella Oleson,
both of whom were born in the land of the midnight sun. In 1870 they emigrated with their family to America and
located in Hilton township, this county. The father carried on agricultural pursuits until his demise and the mother
has also passed away. They were the parents of five children, four of whom are living.
To Mr. and Mrs. Halverson have been born ten children: Hannah E., deceased; Hannah Marie, the wife of Edward Lewis,
of North English, Henry A., of Williamsburg; Martin J., a resident of North Dakota; John G., who is living in Minnesota;
Edward C., who makes his home in South Dakota; Julius A., who is residing in Minnesota; Ralph W., of Jones county,
Iowa; Walter G., now in the United States mail service; and Frances L., a graduate of the Williamsburg high school,
who taught for a number of years and who died on the 10th of February, 1914.
Mr. and Mrs. Halverson both hold membership in the Lutheran church and conform their lives to its teachings. He
is a republican and has served his district as school directors He has many friends throughout the county and the
high respect in which he is held is fully deserved.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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