Jens NC Winter
Excerpts from Eliza Winter Halls and various other sources
Edited and compiled by Kristine Halls Smith
Jens Niels Christensen Winter was born on August 15, 1865 in Trige, Arhus, Denmark to Jens Peter Christensen and Ane Petersen Winter. When he was three years old, his parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and emigrated to Utah, traveling on one of the first trains to carry passengers to Utah after the completion of the railroad. They settled in Huntsville, Utah.
Mary Margaret Petersen’s parents had come from Denmark to Huntsville, Utah before she was born. She was born on February 14, 1867 to Lars Petersen and Anne Larsen Jensen Petersen.
Jens and Mary were married on October 23, 1890 in the Logan Temple. To them were born four children, Margaret on August 14, 1891, Anna Eliza on October 31, 1893, Dora on January 25, 1896, and Elmer on December 21, 1899.
They established a home on the south side of Huntsville in an area that became known as “Winter’s Grove.” Jens built a saw and grist mill and used the mill pond to cut ice for winter use.
When Elmer was just a year old, Mary was stricken with diphtheria and died on January 11, 1901. The four children were taken to their Winter Grandparents for their care. Grandma Winter, Ane Petersen Winter, died two years later, but still the children stayed with their grandfather and were cared for by their Aunt Anna Winter.
Four years after Mary’s death, Jens married again to Emma (Mamie) Tribe and the children returned to their home.
Mamie died on August 14, 1929. After Mamie’s death, Jens was married to Ellen B. Stark, then after Ellen’s death in 1939, Jens married Mattie Galloway who died in 1951. Jens lived to be ninety years old and died on July 20, 1956.
More details of their lives appear in the writings of others. Their daughter, Eliza Winter Halls, wrote a story of her life that, of course, included information about her parents. The book “Remember my Valley”, a history of Huntsville contains information about them. An article published in the Utah Fish and Game Bulletin was about Jens Winter, and even a plaque located at a Huntsville campground tells about them.
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