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I have some odd bits and pieces for this. (lol, I guess I should put some of the standard info in here also. someday)

June 27, 1870

German Flats, Herkimer, New York

Jennie Levi, age 24, Housekeeper

Boarder list includes:

James Fredericks, 26, Blacksmith, from Denmark

Martin Fredericks, 21, also from Denmark, "works at the agl works" (Agricultural Works)

Coincidence? Error? New bit of information?

Is this our Martin? I guess it is possible that the census taker was careless with Martin's last name. He seems to only have filled in part of the information for people with parents who weren't citizens. Or perhaps there was a misunderstanding due to language.

June 11, 1880

Buffalo, Erie county, New York

137 16th St.

Fred Christensen, age 32, Foundry worker

Wife Jennie, 34


  • Carrie, 7 (Carrie may also have been known as Cathrine)
  • Helena, 5
  • Bessie, 3 (Bessie seems to be lost to history, possibly confused with Jessie in later accounts)
  • Charles, 1


The Drop Hammer Forging Company is incorporated in Akron. Martin is "superintendent".

1898 - 1899

Martin's patents place him in Cleveland.

1898 - 1899, War with Spain

A 20-year-old Charles F. Christensen was a private in the Eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Akron

June 11, 1900

Akron, Summit, Ohio

725 East Exchange

Martin F. Christenson, Age 50, born March 1850 (inaccurate), Machinist, immigrated 1862, in U.S. 58 years, Naturalized. (questions)

Jennie D. , 50, born April 1850 (inaccurate), married 28 years, 5 children, 4 still living

Charles F., 21, born October 1878 (this appears correct), at school

Jessie M., 17, born May 1873, at school

April 26, 1910

Akron, Summit, Ohio

Street address 457. [note: The large Baughman family lives at 465.]

Marcus F. Christensen, Age 61, immigrated 1867 (some question), manufacturer of glass marbles

Jennie, 63, married 37 years, 5 children, 4 still living

Charles, 30 (inaccurate), manufacturer of glass marbles

Oct. 10, 1915

Martin Christensen dies.

Sept. 12, 1918

Charles Fredrick Christansen (question about last few letters in Christansen, but not about the "a")

Born: Oct. 27, 1878

Nearest relative: Nellie M. Christansen

Residence: 453 E. Exchange, Akron, Summit, Ohio

Employment: Manufacturer, M. F. Christensan & Son Co., 455 E. Exchange

Short, stout, brown hair, brown eyes

Jan. 2, 1920

Akron, Summit, Ohio

453 Exhange St.

Chas. F. Christensen, Age 40 (inaccurate), Mfg, Glass

Wife: Nellie, 34

Daughter: Jacquelin, 4 and 3/12, born in Ohio (question)

457 Exchange St.

Head: Jennie D. Christensen, Age 73

Maid: Galdine Aubin, 32

Dec. 25, 1922

Charles dies in Akron.

12th, 1930

Akron, Summit, Ohio

453 Exchange

The household had a radio set.

Nellie Christensen, head, age 45, widow

Daughter: Jacquelin, 14, born in South Carolina (question)

Brother: Carl Baughman, 38, single, Automobile salesman

Sister: Elizabeth Dietz, 25, divorced

Nephew: Richard Dietz, 6

Lodger: Paul Kistler, 28, widower, Doughnut Company Proprietor

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Martin Christensen advocating for increased tariffs to protect the infant American glass marble and caster ball industry. E. Strobel arguing against.

Tariff Hearings Before the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, Sixtieth Congress, 1908-1909, Vol. VIII, pp. 7881 - 7883


Tariffs again. Martin Christensen contributes information.

62nd Congress, 3rd Session, December 2, 1912 - March 4, 1913, House Documents, Vol. 131, pp. 5205 - 5230


This might be a reference to MFC. It's some company which makes marbles and caster balls, and exports some of their product.

The Glass Industry: Report on the cost of production of glass in the United States, p. 392

There are other marbles references on other pages.

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I think this is most of an article on MFC which appeared in a Canadian trade journal, Bookseller and Stationer. Volume 26, which I think was from 1910. Google Books only wanted to give me one "snippet" but I tickled it until it gave me three. A complete copy of the page should be available from Princeton by interlibrary loan through your local library. (Maybe I'll get one someday.)



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Is this the catalog mentioned above?

M. F. Christensen booklet:

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MFCBooklet1cover-1.jpg . . . MFCBooklet2SummaryOfLine-1.jpg

MFCBooklet3RegularPacking-1.jpg . . . MFCBooklet4pp2_3-1.jpg

MFCBooklet5pp4_5-1.jpg . . . MFCBooklet6pp6_7-1.jpg

MFCBooklet7pp8_9-1.jpg . . . MFCBooklet8pp10_11-1.jpg

"Remember the name Christensen's. Known and used the world over."

bonus material :-)

A possible "travelers' sample box" recently sold on ebay. Found in an estate sale in Kentucky, across the Ohio river from Cincinnati, for $5. The 5/8" marble is missing but would fit perfectly if present.



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Most of an ad for B. Illfelder & Company, "sole agents for Christensen's Onyx Marbles". What would we call MFC's now if the Christensen Agate Co hadn't co-opted the name?

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