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J. C. Jensen, a well-known farmer of Cameron township, who has lived in America less than thirty years, and who, in order to make the voyage to America, was compelled to borrow money of friends, now owns a splendid farm of two hundred and eighty acres in Cameron township, this county, and is one of the highly respected citizens of that community. Mr. Jensen was born in Denmark on October 9, 1863, the son of Andrew P. and Mary (Jensen) Jensen, the former of whom was a farmer all his life, and the father of nine children, eight of whom are living. J. C. Jensen and his sister, Mrs. Kate Rasmussen, are the only members of the family who are living in America.

After having completed his education in the public schools of his native land, J. C. Jensen worked as a farm hand until he came to America in 1888. Upon arriving in this country he located at Walnut, Iowa, and there he worked as a farm hand until his marriage in 1894, after which he began farming for himself in Shelby county. For five years he was engaged in cultivating a rented farm, and at the end of that time came to Audubon county, and purchased eighty acres near Fiscus, where he farmed for four years, after which he removed to Cameron township, and purchased the farm where he is now living. Since purchasing and moving to this farm in Cameron township, Mr. Jensen has invested in improvements upwards of five thousand dollars. He raises seventy acres of corn every year, which yields an average of fifty bushels to the acre, and all of this he feeds to his hogs and cattle, raising one hundred head of hogs every year, and selling one and one-half carloads of cattle. He raises thoroughbred Aberdeen-Angus cattle, and has been very successful with this breed.

In 1894 J. C. Jensen was married to Kate Petersen, daughter of Henry Petersen to which union nine children have been born, namely: Anna, Hattie, Marten, Carrie, Walter, Henry, Minnie, Esther and Cecil. Anna married Chris Seiger. The remainder of the children are at home with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are active in the membership of the Danish Lutheran church, in the faith of which their children have been reared, and Mr. Jensen is a liberal contributor to the support of the church. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and politically is identified with the Republican party.

J. C. Jensen is well known in Audubon county, not only as a successful farmer, but as a citizen whose interest are centered in the welfare of his neighbors and fellow citizens, and is deservedly popular in Cameron township where he lives, he being a man whose word is known to be as good as his bond.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, March 27, 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. 585-586.

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