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Of the many worthy citizens of Sharon township, Audubon county, Iowa, who have been able to establish comfortable homes in their adopted country, is Anders Jensen, a native of Denmark, born on June 7, 1866, and who is the son of Jens and Karen Jensen. He is the owner of a splendid farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Sharon township.

Jens and Karen Jensen, both natives of Denmark, came to America in 1874 with their family and after living in Chicago, for a month, moved to Wisconsin, where the former worked in the shipyards for a year. They then settled near New Denmark close to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he farmed and followed the carpenter’s trade. Here he cleared thirty acres of timber land and lived for ten years, when the family came to Audubon county and located in Sharon township. In Sharon township Jens Jensen purchased eighty acres of land and farmed there until 1908 when he retired, and is now living in Kimballton. He has followed the carpenter’s trade and farming after reaching the age of fifty years. Before coming to America, he served in the Danish-Prussian War of 1864 and had a splendid record of military service in this war. He and his wife have been the parents of nine children as follow: Hans, Chris, Anders, Thorvald, Walter, Mary, Carrie, Kate, and Dagmar, deceased.

Anders Jensen, the subject of this sketch, was a lad of eight years when the family came to America and most of his education was received in the schools of Wisconsin. After his education was completed, he worked at the carpenter’s trade which he followed until fourteen years ago. He purchased a farm in 1895 and rented it out until 1901. In this latter year he began farming for himself and has invested possibly five thousand dollars in various kinds of improvements on the farm. He now has a well-kept and highly productive farm in Sharon township. He raises forty acres of corn which averages about fifty bushels an acre, twenty acres of small grain and seventy head of hogs each year.

In 1899 Mr. Jensen was married to Anna Simeson, the daughter of Erick and Karen Simeson. To this marriage eight children have been born: Elvena, Dagmar, Astrid, Gunda, Edna, Erma, Herluf and Eleanora Christena.

Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are active in the Danish Lutheran church of which both are members and Mr. Jensen, who is a Democrat in politics, has also served as a school director in Sharon township. A successful farmer of this community, Anders Jensen is also one of the foremost citizens of the township and one of the citizens who are most highly respected and most favorably known. He is a worthy citizen of this great county, having prospered in this great democratic country, and is patriotic and loyal to his adoped country.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, March 20, 2013 from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 538-539.

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