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Mary Ellen Hanson (#47380172)
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Laura V
Hans Marcussen Grueholmen
I'd love to have any photos you care to share. My email is mamacat@satx.rr.com

Thanks!

Laura V
Added by Laura V on Jan 19, 2015 8:29 PM
Laura V
Hans Marcussen Grueholmen
Might you have taken a photo of the headstone for Hans when you visited ? I have 2 dates for his death: 9 Nov 1886 and 9 April 1889. Can you confirm one of these?

I have some info about Mathias and Karn but it does not mention Hans.

From the "History of Early Pioneers of Freeland Township" written in Norwegian by T. Severson and A. Amundson in 1898 and translated into English by Mrs. Laura Hanson in 1951. published in June 1952 for the Hanson reunion. (Mrs Laura Hanson is my great grandmother whom I was named after.)

On May 17, 1870, Mathias and Karen sailed for America. After seven weeks and two days they reached Jefferson county, Wisconsin, where Hanson worked for eight years as a day laborer. As the family grew and the wages were small they decided to go farther west and seek a new home . They left Wisconsin on March 28, 1878 in a covered wagon. He had saved enough money to buy a team and wagon, which came to be their living quarters on the 500 mile trip west. After five weeks of strenuous travel they reached Canby, MN, where the first man they met was the then well known machinist, Gustav Erickson. These two men became fast friends which friendship lasted for twenty years. Hanson acquired land in the S. E. quarter of Section 28, where they have since lived. Hanson has taken an active part in the upbuilding of the county and with hard work and frugality has become well-to-do. Of the seven children living, three are married, sons Herman and Bastian have their own homes in the vicinity and daughter Martha lives in Iowa. The lovely little church which is located on Hanson's land is evidence that he has an active part in the work of the congregation. He has held many positions of trust in town, church and school, and the family has the respect of all. Hanson was named Postmaster by President McKinley in Martonville, the post office being in his own home.
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from History of Chippewa and Lac qui Parle Counties, Minn. Vol 2
pg 790 (under the history of Mathias' son Bastian Hanson)

".....Mathis and Karen (Bjornstad) Hanson, farming people and both natives of Norway, in which land they lived until 1870, when they came to the United States and settled in Jefferson county, Wisconsin. There Mathis Hanson rented a farm and established his home, remaining there for seven years, at the end of which time he came to Minnesota, driving through with his family and household goods to Lac qui Parle county, the journey requiring five weeks. Upon arriving out here he homesteaded a tract in section 28 of Freeland township, built a small frame shanty covered with tar paper, threw up a fourteen by sixteen sod stable and settled down to develop his homestead. He arrived in May and the first year he had no crop, but broke quite a bit of his land for cultivation the next year and it was not long until he had his farm plant well under way. Presently he was able to replace his original house for one of more substantial type and the latter is still in use, the present residence of his son, Ole Hanson. In addition to the other improvements made on his place, Mathis Hanson planted a good-sized grove and in due time had one of the best-kept farms in that neighborhood . There he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, her death occurring in the fall of 1902 and his in the spring of 1903, so that in death they were not long parted. They were the parents of nine children, of whom seven survive, two, Mary and Betsy, being deceased, the survivors being as follow: Martha, who married Martin Thorson now a retired farmer, living near Minneapolis; Herman, who is farming in Norman county, this state; Bastian, the subject of this sketch; Peter, who is farming in Yellow Medicine county; Martin, a garage owner at Madison, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume; Gunder, who is farming in Norman county, and Ole, who is farming the old homestead place in Freeland township."


Hope this is helpful in some way for you.

Laura V
Added by Laura V on Jan 19, 2015 11:16 AM
Laura V
Karn Hansen
Thank you very much for catching my mistake! I will correct that right now.

I also have that Berthe died in Norway about 1868. I'm not sure when Hans came to the USA but he's living in Lac qui Parle Co, MN with "Mattis" and family by the 1880 census.
Added by Laura V on Jan 19, 2015 10:55 AM
Laura V
Karen & Mathias Hanson
Hi Mary,

Karn and Mathias Hanson are my 2great grandparents. I descend from their son Carl Martin Hanson - Raymond Harald Hanson - my mom - me.

You are probably already aware that the Florida Lutheran Church cemetery where Karen and Mathias are buried was land donated by Mathias for a church. I was able to visit the little church once as a child. When the congregation disbanded they sold the church building and moved it. My grandparents Raymond and Beatrice Hanson are also buried there. When we buried Grandma Betty's ashes my daughter and I took photos of all of the headstones.

Laura V
Added by Laura V on Jan 18, 2015 2:31 PM
 

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