Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
HANS N. HANSON, a prosperous
farmer and stock man residing about a mile west from Bridgeport, has so
conducted himself in labors in Douglas county, that he has both won the
respect of all who know him and gained a fine property holding. He
was born in Bergen, Norway, on December 23, 1860, the son of George F.
and Inger P. (Reese) Hanson, natives of Norway. The father was captain
of a sailing vessel. Our subject was well educated in the Bergen
Academy and did bookkeeping for a mercantile house. In 1879, he shipped
on a sailing vessel for the United States and at Baltimore, in 1880, quit
his vessel. For a short time thereafter, he was in the Burlington
shops in Chicago after which he was in the employment of David Rankin,
a large stockman. He left this business and traveled in various sections
but soon returned to Mr. Rankin, where he remained for seven years, handling
stock. In 1888, Mr. Hanson came to Spokane and thence to Douglas
county, settling on Douglas creek, about two miles below the town of Douglas.
He proved up on a pre-emption there, which was his home until 1895.
In that year he moved to his present location and took a homestead.
He handles about four hundred and eighty acres of land here and has over
fifty head of fine cattle on the range. His land is largely productive
of hay. Mr. Hanson has three sisters, all in Norway.
In Atchison county, Missouri, on March 16,
1886, Mr. Hanson married Martha E. Anderson, daughter of Anders H. and
Seneca (Samuelson) Moberg. Mrs. Hanson was born in Moberg, Norway,
on March 2, 1861. To our subject and his wife, five children have
been born, Lula I., Minnie S., Stella M., Georgic A. and Frank I.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanson are members of the Lutheran
church and they are good substantial people. He has served as road
supervisor for several years and has also labored for the upbuilding of
the community. Mrs. Hanson has two brothers, Sam and Haldo.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have a fine family of children and are doing everything
in their power to give them a good education and a nice start in life.