Biography of Andrew J. Anderson

It is remarkable how readily Grundy County land responds to care bestowed upon it, and as nearly all of the agriculturalists here are men of progressive ideas who are eager to improve their property according to the latest scientific methods, there are few farms within the confines of the county which do not come up to standard. One of these prosperous, modern farmers is Andrew J. Anderson of Garfield Township. He was born in Denmark in 1853, a son of Jens and Anna (Hanson) Anderson. Jens Anderson was a laborer who died in 1887 in his native land of Denmark.

Andrew J. Anderson attended the public schools of his native place, and until he left it he was a laborer. In 1873 he came to the United States and first located in the vicinity of Dwight, Illinois, where he obtained employment on a farm. In 1902 he came to Grundy County, buying 152 acres in Garfield Township, and ever since has been improving the property, until he now has one of the best farms in this locality. On it he carries on general farming, and his crops indicate that he thoroughly understands his business and knows how to make it pay him well for his labor.

In 1884 Andrew J. Anderson married Carrie M. Hansen, also a native of Denmark, who in young womanhood came alone to the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are the parents of the following children: one who died in infancy; John, who died at the age of fourteen years; one who died at the age of two years; Hans, who is at home; Carl, and Anna. Mr. Anderson is a Lutheran in religious faith, and in his political views is a Republican. Hardworking and thrifty, he has steadily forged ahead and is now deservedly numbered among the leading farmers of his township.

Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois. Chicago, IL, USA: Munsell Publishing, 1914, p. 753.

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