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John Christian Madsen

Birthplace: Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Death: Died in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Place of Burial: Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Christian Jacobsen Madsen and Roxana Louisa Welker Madsen
Husband of Caroline Perkins Madsen
Father of John Wilford Madsen; Carl Edward Madsen; Joseph Abraham Madsen; Louisa Elizabeth Madsen; Glenna Melba Madsen and 1 other
Brother of Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins; Ezra Jacob Madsen; Aseneath Musette Bingham; Zina Albertina Madsen; Louisa Alberta Branch and 4 others

Occupation: Pioneer, Farmer, Freighter
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
Last Updated:

About John Christian Madsen

STATE PIONEER DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS (Obituary of John Christian Madsen)

John Christian Madsen, 81, who came to Arizona in a covered wagon when he was 13 years old, died last night in his home at 3505 N. Central after a long illness. During his youth, Mr. Madsen helped his family pioneer in the Safford area and later he freighted between Globe and Willcox. Copper ore was hauled eastward from the mining camp at Globe to the railroad at Willcox. The wagons carried coke on the return trip. He often experienced thrilling encounters with the Indians. Later, Mr. Madsen engaged in ranching and farming in both Arizona and California.

He was a member of the Arizona Pioneer Association and attended every reunion except one. He was a native of Bloomington, Idaho. Mr. Madsen and Caroline Perkins were married February 2, 1893. She is now 77 years old. Surviving are his wife; four children, J.W. Madesen of Valley City, North Dakota; Carl E. of Huntington Park, California; Miss Louise Madsen, of Phoenix, and Mrs. Dorothy McMorrow, of Hawaii; four sisters, Mrs. Dortha McKinney of California, Mrs. Zettie Bingham of Safford, Mrs. Bertie Branch of Safford, and Mrs. Sylvia Elledge of Phoenix; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mortensen and Kingsley Mortuary said plans call for funeral services and burial to be in Safford.

From Another Newspaper Article Provided by a J.C. Madsen grandson:


Graveside services were conducted at the Safford Cemetery Thursday, October 30, at 5 p.m. for John C. Madsen, 81-year old former Safford resident, and Arizona pioneer. Bishop Ruskin Lines of the Safford Ward L.D.S. Church officiated. Mr Madsen passed away at his home, 3505 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Sunday night, October 26. Funeral services were held in that city Thursday morning after which the remains were brought to Safford for interment.

John Christian Madsen was born in Idaho in 1870 and came to the territory of Arizona when he was a lad of 13. The Madsen family settled in Safford, where he grew to manhood. during his early years he operated a freight line between Globe and Wilcox, hauling copper ore from Globe to the rail head at Willcox, and coke from that point back to Globe. He has in later years related the many experiences he had with the hostile Indians of the early Arizona pioneer days. Later Mr. Madsen ranched and farmed in Arizona and in California.

He has resided in Phoenix for the past 17 years. He was a member of the Arizona Pioneers Society and since its inception in 1924 had missed only one of its reunions. He was married to Miss Caroline Perkins in February, 1893. Surviving him is his wife, Caroline, of Phoenix; two sons, J.W. of Valley City, North Dakota, and Carl E. of Huntington Park, California; two daughters, Miss Louise Madsen of Phoenix, and Mrs. Dorothy McMorrow, Hawaii; four sisters, Mrs. Dorothy McKinney, California; Mrs. Zettie Bingham and Mrs. Bertie Branch, Safford; and Mrs. Sylvia Elledge of Phoenix; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Local service arrangements and burial were under the direction of Rawson & Son Mortuary.

Per additional information received from J.C. Madsen's grandson:

For several years after their marriage in 1893, John and Caroline remained in Safford, except for a short period in 1907 when they resided for a time in California. During the period in Safford, in addition to farming, they operated a toll road between Safford and the Morenci and Clifton mines. Mr. Madsen freighted ore in horse drawn wagons between Globe and Willcox before the railroad was built. Mr. Madsen was also associated with his father in the operation of a livery stable in Safford.

In 1913 they left Safford again and for three years owned and operated a farm near Mesa. In 1915 they traveled by wagon to Southern Idaho where they spent a year raising potatoes but returned to the Gila River Valley after experiencing a disastrous flood on their Idaho farm. For four years after their return to Arizona they owned and operated farms in the Gilbert area where they raised cotton and alfalfa.

They left Gilbert in 1920 and explored farming opportunities in Oregon, Washington, northern California and Central Mexico. After experimenting with a grape vineyard near Bakersfield and a walnut grove in Pomona, California, they returned to Arizona in 1924. For the next few years they operated a dry farm and a cattle ranch near Nogales.

In February, 1929, convinced that the exceedingly high prices of that time would not continue, they sold their holdings and retired. They returned to Safford where they lived until 1935 when they moved to Phoenix to be near their daughters. They purchased property at 3505 N. Central Avenue when that location was a country area outside the Phoenix city limits. J.C. Madsen passed away in 1952. In 1959 Mrs. Madsen sold the property on Central Avenue in Phoenis, and moved to 134 W. Alice Avenue and lived there until her death in 1960. Both John and Caroline were buried in the Safford City Cemetery.

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John Christian Madsen's Timeline

December 8, 1870
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
June 5, 1894
Age 23
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
February 15, 1896
Age 25
Arizona, USA
July 31, 1898
Age 27
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Age 30
November 22, 1904
Age 33
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
December 27, 1912
Age 42
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
October 26, 1952
Age 81
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
October 30, 1952
Age 81
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA