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Hannah Jensen-Midwife

Hannah Jensen-Midwife

Posted: 984657600000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Jensen, Olson
I found an article in the 1956; Racine Journal for 100 years.Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin The Headline reads, MID-WIFE ASSISTED AT BIRTH OF 7,000 CHILDREN...Seven thousand Racine babies made their entrance into the world with the assistance of Mrs. Hannah Jensen Olson 89 of Carmel Avenue,Racine Wisconsin. Mrs. Olson a mid-wife from 1895 to 1937 has a ledger filled with "my babies. "

Before the turn of the century Hannah and her husband moved to Racine from a small village in Norway. Her husband Theodore Jensen was a sailor on the Great Lakes. After his death she married an Olson an electrical contractor in Racine.

Because Mrs. Olson liked helping people, she studied and took an examination for midwife at the Palmer House Chicago,Il. She was in the summer:"class of June,1895."

She has memories of snow up to her knees going to houses on the edge of town, a signal given: a lantern hung on a tree so she knew where a mid-wife were needed.

A baby was delivered for a 5 dollar fee--Mrs. Olson returned twice a day for 9 days to help mother and the new baby.

The paper goes on to say Mrs. Olson took pride in her profession, "All of the babies I delivered were reported to the register of deeds. And all the equipment I used to deliver the babies was sterilized."

Today she lives at a home of a granddaughter. All Mrs. Olson's 4 children are dead.

Re: Hannah Jensen-Midwife

Posted: 1367874284000
Classification: Query

Midwife, 89, Who Helped At Birth of 7,000, Dies

Death came Wednesday, at the age of 89, to Mrs. Hannah Jensen Olson, a midwife who helped at least 7,000 Racine babies take their first breath of life. Between 1895 and 1937 "Auntie Jensen" was a familiar figure in Racine, carrying her black leather bag, symbol of new arrivals in neighborhoods all over town. In many families, three generations heard her invariable pronouncement: "This is the finest baby I have ever brought!" Born in Norway Mrs. Olson was born in Brevik, Norway, Sept. 1, 1867, the daughter of a sailing captain (Severin Johan Hansen) who lost his left arm in a fall from the mast at sea. In later years he was honored by the king of Norway for building a prize-winning schooner and the family still has the silverengraved trophy he received. She was the eldest of nine children, and the last survivor. Coming to Racine in 1889 to join her husband, (Jens Theodore Jensen), who was a sailor on the Great Lakes, they settled at 1336 Kewaunee St. Wages were too small to provide a good living for a growing family, they decided, and so they paid passage for her mother from Norway.

With the grandmother to keep an eye on their three children, Inga, Thora and Arthur, Mrs. Jensen enrolled at a Norwegian hospital in Chicago, working as a "hired girl" in a doctor's home for her keep and scrubbing in the hospital for her books and tuition. Of 137 in the class on obstetrics and medicine, including six women, Mrs.Jensen was third high among the 37 who survived written examinations in the hospital and oral tests before a board of Chicago doctors. She was given her diploma in June, 1895, at the Palmer House. This was only a short time before the birth of her fourth and last child, Goldie.

Nailed Up Shingle. Her husband nailed her midwife's shingle to the pillar of their front porch that fall, where it hung until she retired in 1937. During that era she assisted several Racine doctors with difficult deliveries, receiving the usual assistant surgeon's fees. Her husband and all four of her children died at intervals between 1915 and 1950. After her husband's death Mrs. Jensen visited her girlhood home in Norway, and a few years later married Frederick Olson, who died about 14 years ago. In April, 1949, she was televised on the "This Is Your Life" show, relating her experiences in delivering all eight children of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Devine, 1822 Geneva St., stars of the TV production. For the last 12 years she made her home with her grand daughter, Mrs. Zolton Nemeth, 2425 Carmel Ave. She entered the hospital three months ago.

Surviving are six grandchildren, Mrs. Nemeth, Jerome Mikulecky, Joseph Mikulecky Jr., Mrs. Harold Danner, all of Racine; Mrs. Russell Weber, Zion, Ill., and Ralph Jensen, Milwaukee; 12 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Joseph

Mikulecky Sr. Mrs. Olson was a member of Trinity Methodist church. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a. m. in the funeral home at 1435 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Carsten Paul sen officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from Friday afternoon until time of service

Hannas parents and grndfathers

Groom's Name: Severin Johan Hansen
Groom's Birth Date: 1841
Bride's Name: Anne Christine Knudsdatter Birth Date: 1842
Marriage Date: 11 Jan 1866
Marriage Place: Brevik, Telemark, Norway Groom's Father's Name: Hans Jacob Sivertsen
Bride's Father's Name: Knud Evensen

Hannas mother
The death of Anne Christine Hansen 1336 Kewaunee street, at the age of 75 years, removes one of the best known women in that section in the city. One highly respected and esteemed by a large circle of friends. Deceased was born in Norway, and came to this country in 1903, residing here since. She was a Christian woman and an ardent member of the Trinity M. E. church. One daughter, Mrs. Hanna Jensen, survives. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 from the home. Interment in Mound cemetery. 1 Jan 1916


Inga Anne Stine Marie Jensen
Birth 14 Aug 1889 in Brevik, Telemark, Norway
Death 18 Apr 1918 in Racine, Racine, Wisconsin
Wife of Arthur Peterson

Arthur Jensen, 1336 Kewaunee street, about 24 years old, has confessed to the police that he entered and burglarized the residence of William Roever, 961 Milwaukee avenue,

Late last Friday night, or early Saturday morning, securing about $25. Mr. Roever and his son conduct a sample room and the money was some of the receipts of that day.

Jensen, who was suspected, got into a fight on Douglas avenue Saturday night, with a teamster of William Push, and struck him on the nose. This was reported and the police went to the home of Jensen on Superior street and hauled him in.

When questioned closely he admitted that he had committed the burglary and spent the money stolen around in north and west side saloons. He had a little over $3 of the $25.

Arthur Jensen, who was charged with disorderly conduct and was arrested upon a warrant sworn out by Laura Jensen, was sentenced to pay a fine of $3 and costs or serve ten days in jail by Judge Smieding in the municipal court, this morning. He took the ten days.

Charles Nelson and Arthur Jensen, charged with having entered and burglarized the Fiebrich-Hilker-Fox Shoe company's office on Oct. 6, carrying away several pairs of shoes, were arraigned. Nelson pleaded not guilty and said that he had no money or means to hire an attorney. Attorney Quinn was appointed by the court to defend him. Jensen pleaded guilty, but Judge Smiedlng deferred sentence until later.

Arthur Jensen, aged 24 years, was this morning sentenced to serve three years in the state penitentiary at Waupun for burglary. He was found guilty of having burglarized a saloon on Douglas avenue last June. A watch taken from the place was later exchanged by Jensen for drinks. His arrest followed. The jury in the case returned its verdict Friday night and Judge E. B. Belden withheld sentence until today. Asked in the circuit court if he had anything to say, the prisoner declared his innocence. Milton Knoblock his counsel, made a motion to have the verdict of the jury set aside the ground that it was not in accord with the evidence and made further motion that a new trial be granted. Judge Belden denied both motions. The sentence given Jensen was the minimum which could be given under the charge.

Mrs, Fred Olsen, 1336 Kewaunee street, has received word of the death Sept. 3 of her son, Arthur Jensen, 45, at San Francisco. Mr. Jensen resided in Racine until six years ago. Funeral services were held today in San Francisco.
5 Sep 1941.

Mr and Mrs Theodore Jensen, 1336 Kewaunee street, announce the marriage of their daughter Theodora to Leo C Kosterman, , son of Mr and Mrs George C Kosterman of 1442 Center Street, which took place on Sept 26. (1917)

Mrs Thora Kosterman, (Theodora Jensen) Kewaunee street, was badly burned a short distance north of Ives early this morning when her clothing was saturated with gasoline which caught fire when a tank was being filled. Her husband Leo Kosterman was badly burned about the hands and arms while aiding her. She is at St. Luke's hospital and may die.
26 Aug 1918


4207 Douglas Avenue, Age 53. Passed away May 17, 1949 at St. Catherine's Hospital, Kenosha, following a lingering illness. Born in Racine, Sept. 11 1895, she had been a resident here her entire lifetime. In Waukegan June 29, 1915, she was married to Joseph. J. Mikulecky. She was Methodist by faith. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Virginia; Mrs. Zolton Nemeth and Miss Gloria Mikulecki ; two sons , Jerome and Joseph; four grandchildren; her mother , Mrs. Hannah Jensen Olson, all of Racine. Funeral services will be held Frida,. 2 p. m. in the Dahl Funeral Home. Rev. Victor T. Nearhoff officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Dahl Funeral Home Thursday evening until time of services Friday.
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