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Rasmus Jensen17 AUG 1852 -- 30 MAY 1942avatar
Emma Emelie John11 MAR 1850 -- 28 JUN 1892avatar
Spouses
Other16 JAN 1914
 
Marriage license
Marriage21 JAN 191423
 
married at the Salvation Army #2 Corps by Brig. George Wood
Other21 JAN 1914
 
Witnesses: Bertha E. Hynes of 20 Ewer Place; & Alonzo B. Barnes of 280 Pine Street, both of San Francisco
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CharlesSholin 1914_c

Sgt. Maj. Charles John "Charlie"F2 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 Sholin2 8 9 10 11 13 14 17 18 19 20 22
 
Carl Jonsson Sjölin

Birth30 DEC 18718 9 10 11 15 17 18 19 20 21
 
In Hälsingland, birth name: Karl Jonsson
Reside1876-1880
Emigrate10 OCT 18849 10 11 15 21
 
Destination, "Clay Center, U.S.A."
Immigrate28 OCT 18848
 
On the ship, "Servia" with his parents and younger brother, Edvard8
Reside188519
 
C. Shalen, living with father, mother & youngest brother in the household of his uncle, Andrew Printz
Military
 
USA Army / Corporal / Spanish American War
Flag of United States
Military
 
USA Army / Sergeant / Philippine American War
Flag of United States
Resideabt 1899/19069 10 11
 
Worked for Anda St. Police Dept., Manila, P.I. after release from U.S. military
Reside1906
 
Fremont Hotel. Worked in a sawmill from 1 Oct 1906 until he quit on 22 Oct 1906.
Tag1906laborer
sawmill
Reside1907/1908
 
2460 13th Avenue; Occupation: Teamster
Tag1907teamster
Hutchinson Company
Reside1910
 
Religionaft 1910
 
Sargeant Major, a lay position
salvationist
Reside1913/1914
 
Resided at 314 6th; Occupation: Teamster (Driver)
Reside1919
 
14A Moss Street
Other1919
 
Naturalization. Born in Sweden
Reside1920
 
14A Moss Street; Office assistant, Salvation Army
Reside1921
 
Resided with Nellie Sholin at 14a Moss: Occupation: manufacturer
Reside1930
 
Age: 57; Married; Head of household; Occupation: Cabinet maker, wood
Reside19409 10 11  
 
 
55 Lapidge Street: with wife; wife's father; son; daughter & her husband & sons9 10 11
Death22 DEC 194220
 
Grave26 DEC 1942
 
Palm Mound, Salvation Army section, Lot 110, grave 156
Aged: 71 years

Charles Sholin was born Karl Jonsson, son of Johann Jonsson Sjölin. After coming to America, he began to use an Americanized version of his father's Swedish soldier-name, Sjölin, and was known as Charles Sholin thereafter.

Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War, both in Cuba and in the Philippines. He served as a member of the Manila Police Department for several years after his honorable discharge from the Army at the rank of Sergeant.

A religious man, he joined The Salvation Army in San Francisco, California, and remained a faithful soldier of that organization all his life. His headstone reads, "Sergeant Major Charles Sholin," which is a Salvation Army non-commissioned offer rank.

Charlie had his own manufacturing business at which he made wooden goods, such as scrubbing boards, folding chairs and ironing boards. He designed and built some rather elaborate equipment for that business, including crimping machine for the metal part of his scrubbing boards. He even obtained a patent for his invention of a mountable scrub board.

Unfortunately for him, the washing machine was just coming into use at that time, which did away with the need for the mountable scrub board. Still, his capacity for building things himself and coming up with new ideas was evident in this patent and the equipment he put together for his own business.


NellieEmilieJensen 1914_c

Adjutant Nellie Emelie2 7 8 9 12 13 14 Jensen2 7 8 9 12 13 14

Birth2 OCT 18802 7 8 9 12
 
Christen24 JUL 1884
 
Witnesses: Peter Jensen & Mrs. Peter Jensen (probably Sophi and Peter Johnson)
Reside1900( place questionable )
with the family of Charles Howell. NOTE: seems to be her, albiet with incorrect parents' birthplaces.
Reside1900( place questionable )
with the family of Charles Howell. NOTE: seems to be her, albiet with incorrect parents' birthplaces.
Reside190214
 
Appointed as Salvation Army officer
Reside1905
 
Lieutant, Salvation Army
Reside1906
 
Present during the big earthquake. Helped with Salvation Army efforts.
Reside19107
 
Lodger7
Reside1913
 
Captain, Salvation Army; Residence: 24 Ewer Place
ResideJAN 1914
 
2833 Folsom
Tag1914-1950housewife
Reside19208
 
Other7 SEP 1926
 
Salvation Army officer, Vivian Page, visited "Mrs Sholen." Vivian was an aunt of George Sholin's future wife, Eva.
Reside193012
 
on Moss Street12
Reside1935
 
same place as 1940
Reside19409  
 
 
55 Lapidge St; with husband; father, Ramus; son, George; daughter, Crissie Ragsdale; & Crissie's husband & sons9
Resideabt 1944
 
(head of household at) 55 Lapidge St. Also listed were Charles Sholin (by then deceased);George Sholin, James H. World & Violet World
Reside1950
 
called "American" in the census; widowed, living in the household of her son, George Sholin
Death29 DEC 1950
(now part of the city of Sacramento)
Grave2 JAN 1951
 
Palm Mound, Salvation Army section lot 110, grave 157
Aged: 70.2 years
Note: the signature on Nellie's Salvation Army commissioning document is non other than William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.  It is not known if he actually was in attendance, however. It is likely, too, that it took place in Chicago, as the Western Territory, as such, had not yet been organized.

Nellie Emelia's birth name (on her baptismal certificate (Congregational Church) was Amelia Arnetia Jensen. She was the daughter of Rasmus Jensen and Emma Amelia Jensen. The name, "Amelia," is probably another version of "Emelie," which seem to be the name used by both women on all other occasions. The certificate was witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jensen, all in the same hand, probably the pastor's. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jensen were most likely Sophia and Peter Johnson, the pastor having heard or remembered the surname incorrectly.  Sophia was a sister of Nellie's father, Rasmus Jensen.

According to her son, George C. Sholin, Nellie used to ride a horse to school. A story in The Salvation Army's journal, "War Cry," 16 Jan 1937, said this about Nellie: "...Mrs. Sholin, who has been a Salvationist for over forty years, was converted at Eureka, Cal., in 1892. In 1902 she was called to be an officer, and for eleven years, as Adjutant Nellie Jensen, was stationed at several corps in this part of The Salvation Army world, her last appointment being at San Francisco 2 corps..."

Nellie became a Salvation Army officer in 1902, and was appointed to several different places between then and 1914, when she was married. The Salvation Army National Archives and Research Center only had information on these three: Jan 17 1906 San Francisco #4, Captain, Assistant Jan 4 1912 San Francisco #4, Ensign, Corps Officer Oct 21 1913 San Francisco #4, lists her name as Ensign Jensen-Sholin.  However, these early records for Salvation Army officers are sketchy.

Nellie's son, George Sholin, recounted many times that his mother was appointed to the Sacramento Corps and to Hilo, Hawaii. The Hawaiian appointment was early in her career, about 1902, only eight years after Staff-Captain John Milsaps and a small group of Salvationists introduced The Salvation Army to the Hawaiian Islands in 1894. While she was there, she rode her bicycle up to the top of the Pali, the highest peak on the island of Ohau.

Also, Gordon Damant of Sacramento, who has done extensive work on Sacramento Corps records, found that Captain Nellie Jensen was appointed to the Sacramento Corps in 1907 with an assistant. Her son, George, also said that she had been stationed there.

It is almost certain that, for at least one of the times she was stationed in San Francisco, her residence was at the Apollo Hotel, which had a sign outside, "Apollo Hotel, Rooms for Respectable Ladies." There seems to have been at least several female officers living there, though there were male visitors who frequented the place, as well (all very proper, of course), including one whose lady friend entertained her visitor while scrubbing the kitchen floor!

In 1914, she married Charles Sholin. In accordance with Salvation Army custom, she relinquished her officership and rank of adjutant upon her marriage to someone who was not an officer. In this light, it is interesting that their marriage certificate, signed by the Salvation Army officer who performed the wedding, gives the ranks of each along with their names, though the designation of "Sergeant" for Charlie probably reflects his rank when he mustered out of the U.S. Army. Nellie and Charlie continued as soldiers in The Salvation Army until the end of their days. This organization and all it represented defined their lives.


ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
1+

George Charles 

18 NOV 191528 SEP 2008  CA, San Francisco Co, San Francisco Eva Claire World, Florence Viola "Flora" Faulkner 
2+

Crissie Gertrude 

15 AUG 19172 JUL 1969  CA, San Francisco Co, San Francisco Charles Young Ragsdale 
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ciates
NameYearsRelationSrc
Lt. Colonel George Wood1914marriage officiantsource

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This person has 24 descendants recorded online here. (Last updated 3-24-2015 12:00 AM)
NameYearsRelationSrc
Elizabeth Milnechurch membersource
John ToshJohn Toshchurch membersource
Bertha Elizabeth Hyneswitness to wedding
Rev. Granville Mears Dexter1884pastorsource
Charles Howell1900landlordsource
General William BoothGeneral William Booth1902Commissioner (ordainer)source
Lt. Colonel George Wood1914marriage officiantsource

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  1. Findagrave Charles Jonsson "Charlie" Sholin
  2. FamilySearch California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989
  3. FamilySearch Charles Sholin Legal • California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985
  4. FamilySearch Charles Young Ragsdale Miscellaneous • California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
  5. FamilySearch Crissie G Sholin Vital • California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  6. FamilySearch Jöhan Sjölin Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930
  7. FamilySearch Nellie E Sholin Obituary • United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011
  8. FamilySearch New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891
  9. FamilySearch United States Census, 1900
  10. FamilySearch United States Census, 1920
  11. FamilySearch United States Census, 1940
  12. FamilySearch United States Census, 1940
  13. FamilySearch United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917
  14. FamilySearch United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
  15. Book: Alfta Släktbok (Alfta Family book), 1B 18; compilation from Parish records of all families who lived in Alfta;
  16. Book: Gordon Damant; Privately published, an excellent overview of the history of the Sacramento Salvation Army's central corps; The Salvation Army's Sacramento Citadel Corps is a repository of the book;
  17. Census: CA, San Francisco Co. 1930..,,;
  18. Census: CA, Alameda Co, Emeryville. 1910 census for Emeryville, Alameda, CA;
  19. Census: KS, Clay Co, Garfield Township. 1885 Kansas State Census for Garfield, Clay, Kansas;
  20. Other: California Death Index (CADI), 1940-1997, Rootsweb.com;
  21. Other: Emibas migration file ID: Alfta X 1884 079, courtesy of Inga-Lil;
  22. Other: Household Examination Roll for Alfta Parish, p. 61, courtesy of Inga-Lil;
  23. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
  24. FamilySearch Charles Sholin Miscellaneous • California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
  25. FamilySearch Nellie Emily Jensen Marriage • California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
  1. Findagrave
  2. FamilySearch California Death Index, 1940-1997
  3. FamilySearch Charles Young Ragsdale Miscellaneous • California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
  4. FamilySearch Crissie G Sholin Vital • California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  5. FamilySearch Nellie E Sholin Obituary • United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011
  6. FamilySearch Nellie Jensen United States Census, 1900
  7. FamilySearch United States Census, 1910
  8. FamilySearch United States Census, 1920
  9. FamilySearch United States Census, 1940
  10. FamilySearch United States Census, 1940
  11. Book: Gordon Damant; Privately published, an excellent overview of the history of the Sacramento Salvation Army's central corps; The Salvation Army's Sacramento Citadel Corps is a repository of the book;
  12. Census: CA, San Francisco Co. 1930..,,;
  13. Other: 1902 Eureka City and Humboldt County Directory;
  14. Other: George C. Sholin to V. Smallwood, 19 Nov 2005;
  15. Other: U.S. City Directories; Ancestry;
  16. Other: California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968;
  17. Other: Diaary of C. Vivian Page; spans the years of 1922 - 1939;
  18. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
  19. FamilySearch Charles Sholin Miscellaneous • California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
  20. FamilySearch Nellie Emily Jensen Marriage • California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
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