Emma L. Christensen
Emma L ChristensenFederal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Manager of Bank Examiners
Forum and Contact Commissioner
Emma Louise Christensen was born on January 29 1890 in Gem Township, Brown County, South Dakota, the sixth of eight children born to Neils and Thora Rosalie Nana Bald Christensen. She attended high school in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Her friends affectionately called her "Christy." Her university studies in English included Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and the University Minnesota at St. Paul. She worked for two years as office manager of the United States Bureau of the Comptroller of the Currency at the Minneapolis office. She transferred to the Chicago office where she was Manager of the National Bank Examiners of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Seventh District for 28 years until her retirement.
Emma L Christiansen came to the City of Chicago in November 1922. Through an automobile accident in a taxicab she because acquainted with Drs William and Lena Sadler during her hospital care in July 1923. Though not formally adopted, she became a member of the family; once she identified herself to an inquirer as their "foster daughter." On 22 Sep 1928, at 38 years of age, Christy traveled with the Sadlers and their son Bill to Europe where Dr Lena Sadler was doing post graduate work in Paris. In the 1930 census, Christy lived at 288 Surf Street, Chicago, eventually moving into the Sadler residence after the death of Lena Sadler. As a daughter she faithfully took care of Will Sadler in the last years of his life in which he suffered four heart attacks.
Christy was a member of the Contact Commission and most notably helped in preparing the Urantia Papers for publication by typing the manuscripts and in proofreading for the first printing and subsequent printings in spite of the rapid change in printing technology during these early years.
Copyright @UBHS Staff 2007Sources:
- United States Census Year: 1920; Census Place: Minneapolis Ward 8, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T625_836; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 417
- United States Census Year: 1930; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 485; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 1618; Image: 597.0.
- Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Year: 1928; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_4347; Line: 25
- South Dakota Births, 1856-1903 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data: South Dakota Department of Health. South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years. South Dakota Department of Health
- History of the Urantia Movement, Marian Rowley, 1960, Urantia Brotherhood, Chicago, IL
- Urantia Brotherhood Bulletin "Emma L Christensen 1890—1982, The Torch is Passed." Spring 1982; Vol 2 No 19, @1982 Urantia Brotherhood, Chicago, IL