The progressive agriculturalist of today is recognizing the profits to be realized from intelligent specialization along some particular line, and as there is such heavy demand for first class poultry, a number of the Grundy County farmers are devoting considerable attention to producing chickens and eggs for the market, and one who has attained more than ordinary success as a poultryman is Jensen Anderson, manager of the Evergreen Farm of Greenfield Township. He is operating eight acres of land, and specializing with Barred Plymouth Rock chickens.
Mr. Anderson was born in Good Farm Township in 1888, a son of Andrew and Anna (Brandruf) Anderson, both natives of Denmark. In 1874 the father came to the United States, and worked for a time as a laborer in different sections of Grundy County. In 1889 he bought the farm his son is now operating, and spent the remainder of his life upon it, dying in 1904. His widow survives, making her home upon this same farm. There were five children in the Anderson family: Mira, Martin, who is deceased; Anna Sorsen; Jensen; and Andrew.
Growing up in the rural regions of Grundy County, Jensen Anderson had the advantages offered by the district schools, and those by his home, for he never left it. Having good parents, he was brought up properly, taught to work and respect the laws, and has developed into a very desirable citizen. Believing in modern methods, Mr. Anderson does his marketing by automobile, and has introduced other improvements in his farm work. While he is a Republican, he reserves the right to act liberally when he believes the occasion demands a departure from party lines. Possessed of more than ordinary intelligence, with a broad outlook upon life and a clear comprehension of public issues, Mr. Anderson is very popular among his neighbors, and a leader in his township. The Lutheran Church holds his membership and profits from his generosity.
Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois. Chicago, IL, USA: Munsell Publishing, 1914, p. 754-755.