At age 12, Jens Andersen apprenticed to a Danish blacksmith near Horsens, Denmark. Jens and Hansena married in Denmark on April 26, 1874, and sailed for America, with arrival in New York City on May 26, 1874. They arrived on Washington Island on June 1, 1874.
At first he blacksmithed and farmed on the west shore, which was later the site of Camp Pearce for Girls and is now Lehmans' property. Then he and Lars Peter Ottosen swapped farms and Jens lived and ran his business on Main Road where Earl Cornell now lives. In 1896, the Jens Andersens moved across Wisconsin to Withee.
An old blacksmith shop spotted at a farm museum on Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin.
Photo captured August 17, 2020.
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