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Bio: Jens Rassmussen, Rockville Resident

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Source 1852-1864, Sovind, Voer, Skanderborg, Kirkeboeger, Opslag 25 Birth record of Jens:

Born 12 October, 1858

Presented 23 December, 1858

Baptised 17 January, 1859

Father, Farmer Rasmus Pedersen and Hustru Ane Kirstine Jacobsen of Aaes.

Witnesses: Pigen Dorthea ....... Hansen of Aaes, Pigen Nielsmine Nielsen of Aaes, Farmer Soren Pedersen and Aaes (Mark?) Worker Rasmus Pedersen of Aaes and Worker Enevold Andersen of Aaes.

Notes: The record also indicates his mother was 34.5 years of age and that Jens received the Vaccine on 17 January 1859 the date of his baptism.

Coming to America

On the 18th of April 1888 Jens Rasmussen boarded the German Flagged Ship, called the Polaria. He boarded the Polaria in Hamburg Germany and his trip lasted until his arrival in New York, USA on the 4th of May 1888. Upon his arrival he intended to travel to Kenosha Wisconsin. It appears his trans-Atlantic voyage was traveled with others from Denmark, Jens Rasmussen age 29, Jens Jensen age 20, and Jens Bartelsen age 24, all were headed to Kenosha Wisconsin.


The POLARIA was built by C.Mitchell & Co, Walker-on-Tyne in 1882 for the Carr Line of Hamburg. She was a 2,724 gross ton ship, length 300ft x beam 38.2ft, straight stem, one funnel, two masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 1,100-3rd class passengers only. Launched on 21st Feb.1882, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Hamburg to New York on 27th Apr.1882. In April 1888 she made her last Hamburg - New York voyage for the Carr Line and in May of that year went to the Hamburg America Line with the rest of the Carr Line fleet. On 16th Jun.1888 she commenced her first Hamburg - New York crossing for her new owners and on 22nd Sep.1889 started sailings between Stettin and New York. She commenced her last voyage on this service (Stettin - New York)on 12th Mar.1893 (20 round voyages) and on 6th Jun.1895 started her last Hamburg - New York voyage. On 28th Aug.1895 she commenced her last Hamburg - Philadelphia - Baltimore crossing. In July 1903 she went to a British company and later the same year was resold to German owners and scrapped in 1904 at Hamburg. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.395]


On September 1919 Jens Rasmussen went to Loop City in order to request a passport. He intended to travel to Denmark to visit relatives. His specific statement "To look after matters of inheritance from two childless sisters of Jens and to visit those sisters and other relatives. Jens intended to travel from the port of New York in October and to stay in Denmark for no longer than 3 months. The passport request form also has additional information about his past. Jens was bron in Aas, near Horsens, in Denmark on 12 October 1858. Jens states that he arrived in the United States after leaving Hamburg Germany on April 17th 1888 and that he had lived ever since in the United States. He also states he lived in Kenosha Wisconsin, Elgin Illinois, Dannebrog Nebraska, and finally in Rockville Nebraska. No dates are provided for these residences. He states his fathers name is Rasmus Petersen, and that he was already deceased at this time. He received his naturalization papers before the Disctrict Court in Howard County Nebraska in St. Paul Nebraska on 23 June 1906. This was his first request to obtain a passport. Jens was described as 5 foot 6 inches in height, Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 60 years of age and his passport photo was included. S.E. Sorensen validated all the information in the request and was a worker of the Farmer's State Bank in Rockville at the time. They were friends for many years.

Sherman County History:

A large number of settlers poured into the county between 1878 and 1880. Agriculture received its first real impetus in Sherman County when a group of German citizens from New York City settled at what is known as Wilhelmshohe in the eastern part of the county about half way between Ashton and Rockville. Jacob Albers and Frederick Ehrmann were the leaders. Other members of the group were August Beuhausen, Bernhard Kolbeck, Theodore Ojendyk, John Oltman. Peter, Henry and George Glinsman, Henry Lange, Fritz Schluter, Henry Tangerman and Henry Schwartz.

The first school was built in Loup City in 1874. John Eddy was the first teacher.

The same year another school was built at Rockville and several years later schoolhouses could be seen all over the county. Schools in those days were also used for church purposes.


Denmark means "field of the Danes." The Danish national flag, the oldest national banner in the world, is a white cross on a red field. Legend has it that the banner, called Dannebrog, descended from the heavens in the midst of a battle between the Danes and the Estonians on June 15, 1219.

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