Ervin Pernell Christensen
b. 17 Apr 1903 Live Oak, Hamilton Co., TX [SS death records]
d. 5 Nov 1964 Gregg County, TX
m. Bonnie Mae Williams of Tyler, TX*
his father: Christian Anders
Christensen of Denmark
b. 22 Nov. 1908
d. Nov. 1985 Tyler, Smith Co., TX [SS death records]
her father: Williams
her mother: unknown
his mother: Minnie Rohne
|Child with Bonnie Williams
|Evalyn Minnette Christensen
||b. 4 Oct 1947 Gregg County, Texas [Texas Birth Index,
||m. Rick Shipley
12 Dec 1874- "Chris Andrew" Christensen is born in Nissum, Denmark
a baker's family. He was one of the oldest in the family and thus
first to immigrate to the United States by 1891.
until 1907 - "Chris Andrew" and his family lived in Hamilton
where several of his children were born. About this time he sells
share of the farm to his brother, Pete, and his wife. It is
this time he moves his family to Cranfils Gap. He buys the house
farm of Dr. Monroe Coston sets up a machine shop and flour mill.
1912- Chris dies at the age of 37. His plot in the Rock Church
Cemetary is marked for "Chris" Christensen. The couple had four
children. His mother remarries to Chris Hanson who already
1920 - US Census, Precinct #8, Bosque Co., Texas.
Denmark farming gen. farming
, Millie Mae
child f w
Ervin Pernell Christenson graduated from Cranfills Gap
School then went on to Lincoln University in Nebraska. He majored
Latin minored in Hebrew and Greek and spoke nine different
1937, Aug 2 , arriving Aug.11- New York Passenger lists Ervin
Pernell Christensen as age 34,
listed as born 17 April 1903 in Cranfills Gap, Texas, takes a trip
Gothenburg, Sweden on the ship Kungsholm for New York City,
This is apparently the last leg of a round trip to Denmark.
York Passenger List, 1820-1957]
He taught at the Allen Military Academy and later received a
position with the newly formed Kilgore Junior College. He headed
Liberal Art Department. During WWII he made several trips to
and worked in some capacity as a spy according to my father. Ervin
a strong supporter of the college and education in general. He
from that that position after a long and successful career.
"As for the stories of my father being a spy, this is what he told
When he was in the army in WWII, he was first stationed in
DC where he basically carried papers from one desk to the next. He
asked for more active duty. So the army in its wisdom, sent him to
Greenland where his Scandinavian languages could be helpful in
interrogating any spies who might try that sea route to sabotage
shipping from the United States. He was part of a unit for the
which was the precursor to the CIA. When I asked him if he did
interrogate any spies, he just laughed and said that he did
one fisherman, who was just that--a fisherman.
Ervin and Minnie had a daughter shortly before the war and that they
raised in Kilgore Texas where Ervin taught English and became Head
the Liberal Arts Department.
Your dad is correct that he did go to Europe before the war
On one of those trips, he was to meet relatives in Denmark.
language is different enough from Norwegian there was some
He was met by a large group of friendly folks, with whom he went
Over the course of a day or two, as they began to get caught up
various relatives, it became apparent that he had gone home with
wrong family. They took him back to the dock and got word that
family had arrived late to pick him up. He finally got together
his own relatives. He had a ball the whole time. And maintained
with both families for a while. " [Shipley 2004]
1942, July 16 - Ervin Pernell Christensen enlists in the
Army. He enlists as a private but has had 4 years of college,
teacher in civil occupation, he is single, height 69 inches, and 158
pounds. He is born in 1903 a native of Bosque Co.,
He is single and without dependents.
1947- Evalyn Minnette is born to Ervin Pernell Christensen and
Mae Williams in Gregg County, Texas. [Texas Bureau of Vital
1961, July 11 - typed on letterhead stationary from Kilgore College.
Dear Chris Monroe and Violet,
We have received the invitation of your children to attend the
Anniversary of your wedding. We are sorry that we cannot
but we surely would like to very much.
I do not believe that i have ever known a couple who have seemed
along as well as you. If you have ever had any troubles, you
surely have ever had any troubles, you surely have not let others
We wish to congratulate you on the occasion, and wish you a lot of
happiness throughout the rest of your life, and hope that you are
going strong on your Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Yours very sincerely,
Ervin P. Christensen
The Ervin P. Christensen Family [letter in the collection of Elroy
1964, April 17 - "Kilgoreround" by Gary Scott
Pop Christensen, veteran Kilgore
College instructor and a favorite with the students, observed his
birthday today and was honored with a round of parties by his
and fellow teachers. Pop, the standard bearer of KC school
spirit, has been ill and out of the classroom the past month, but
returned to the campus this morning to be with his beloved young
people. A round of classroom parties were given by his
classes, and this afternoon, the faculty of the Liberal Arts
of which he is chairman, will honor him with festivities at the
Scott, Kilgore News Herald, April 17, 1964]
1964, April 22 - Ervin writes a letter to Marie and Herman
Reesing (his cousin), a hand written letter.
I have been hospitalized for
weeks and until yesterday it had been supposed that I might be
to go to the M. B. Anderson Hospital for a cobault
course I dreaded that very much)
Last night my doctor came by and
that he had consulted with doctors at M. B. Anderson and Baylor
Hospital at Dallas and they think that I can get by at least for
time being without the cobault treatment, and that I might begin
teaching next Monday. And to be truthful, that was about
happiest day in my life time.
Everybody has treated me so
wonderfully that it would take a gook to tell all about
were sorry that we could not make Leldon's Smorgas Bard.
I appreciated the cards from all
you. my mail has been so great that I can't possibly
I'm going to ask you to thank
the uncle Pete's children from me.
I'm feeling fine and am most
get back on the job next week.
I called Emroy last night.
Ervin. [letter in the collection
of Elroy Christenson}
1964 - Ervin Christensen dies in Gregg County, Texas. [Texas
Death Index, 1903-2000]
Minnette went on the higher education and married Rick Shipley.
taught at Brazosport Independent School District until her
Land Records of Bosque Co., TX
Elroy's Family Index || Cranfills Gap, Texas || Trashing Bee || Ancestor Chart #1
Cemetary markers , Rock Church, Bosque Co., TX
Kilgore News Herald, clippings from April 17 and 19th, 1964
Shipley, Minnette. correspondence 17 Aug 2004 email -
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