BioA: Andersen, Mr./Mrs. Jens (Gold Anniv- 1924)

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----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 05/01/1924

Andersen, Mr./Mrs. Jens (Gold Anniv- 26 APR 1924)

Mr. and Mrs. Jens Andersen celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Saturday, April 26, 1924.

Jens Andersen and Nielsine Hansen were married in Denmark on April 26, 1874 and sailed immediately for the U. S. and landed in New York May 25. From there they went to Washington Island, Wis., arriving there on June 1, 1874. It was then a primitive forest with but few inhabitants, most of who were fishermen. Mr. Andersen was a blacksmith by trade and followed his profession there for 22 years, during which time he also cleared a fine farm.

In 1869 they moved to this city (Owen, Clark County, Wis.), arriving her on Sept. 30th. They settled on a wild piece of land 3 1/4 miles northwest of the village, which by dint of hard work and perseverance, they converted into one of the finest farms in that vicinity. In 1910 Mr. Andersen took his son Hans into partnership with him and in 1919 he sold him the other half interest, having decided to retire. But his son lived only one year after that, so Mr. Andersen again took up the burden of farm management for his son's widow, and is still doing active service in that capacity.

Mr. Andersen is 75 years and Mrs. Andersen is 76 years of age, both are strong and active for their years.

The Danish Lutheran Congregation took charge of the festivities and they entertained most royally. There was a very impressive service at the Danish Lutheran Church at 11 o'clock A.M., after which they all gathered at the assembly hall, where a sumptuous dinner was served by the ladies and the young peoples society, to about 175 guests. About 2 o'clock a very nice program was rendered by the children and young people, and several songs were sung by the congregation. Amongst them was one written especially for the occasion by Jorgen Nielsen, which was very appropriate. At 3 o'clock a delicious lunch was served, consisting of cake, cookies, ice cream and coffee.

They were presented with two very comfortable rocking chairs, a beautiful cut glass vase filled with red and white carnations and one-half dozen silver teaspoons, by the congregations, which was a mute testimony of the high esteem in which they are held.

They have reared twelve children. Two of them died in infancy, but they adopted 2 others in their places. Five daughters and one adopted son came to attend the wedding: Mrs. Christ Nelson of Washington Island, Wis.; Mrs. Elmer Cornell of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Soren Madsen of Menomonie, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Nielsen of Racine, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Christensen of Marinette, Wis., and Carl M. Andersen of Chicago, also some cousins of Mr. Andersen's: Mr. and Mrs. Christ Jorgensen of Hutchinson, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Simon Jorgensen and Peter Jorgensen, all of who join the Lutheran Congregations in extending congratulations and best wishes for many more years of happiness together.

A reception was held at their home on Sunday, April 27th, and they were the recipients of many beautiful and useful gifts.



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