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 Co., 1904.
THOMAS A. HANSARD, born in Knox
county, Tennessee, May 19, 1860, the son of Franklin C. and Margaret (Petrie)
Hansard, is now a retired farmer living in a handsome modern residence
in the town of Harrington, Washington.
The father of our subject came to Linn county,
Oregon, in 1871. He was prominently identified with the political
affairs of that county for a number of years, and for four terms was a
representative in the state legislature. Both parents are now living
in Lebanon, Linn county, Oregon, the father aged seventy-seven years and
the mother one year his junior.
The brothers and sisters of Mr. Hansard are;
G. B., of Lebanon, Oregon; J. L., in Los Angeles, California; G. R., at
Lebanon, Oregon; S. P. and F. P., of Lincoln county, Washington; and Mrs.
Catherine Propst, of Lebanon. Three sisters, Mrs. Dicey Snodderly,
Mrs. Jane Scherer, and Mary Hansard, are dead.
Thomas A. Hansard came to Linn county, Oregon,
with his parents in the fall of 1871. He divided his time between
attending school at Lebanon and working on the farm for his father until
the autumn of 1882, when he came to Dayton, Washington. The following
year he came to Lincoln county and filed upon his present homestead, on
December 6th of the same year.
He was then in poor circumstances and for
five years after coming here he was compelled to work in the harvest field
to earn money with which to make improvements on his land.
Mr. Hansard has been twice married.
He took for his wife, on July 21, 1895, Emma Allen, a native of Monroe
county, Wisconsin. She was a devout member of the Baptist church,
and departed this life on April 26, 1903, leaving three children living,
Jannie May, Everett Clay, and Carl Bernard. One child, Ora Iris,
preceded its mother to the grave.
On September 9, 1903, Mr. Hansard was again
married, his wife being Mrs. Minnie (Putnam) Fletcher, a native of Alabama.
She was the daughter of John Putnam, son of the famous General Putnam.
He is now living at Gerard, Alabama.
Mr. Hansard is a deacon in the Baptist church
and both he and Mrs. Hansard are members of that denomination.
Our subject now owns nine hundred and sixty
acres of highly cultivated and well improved land near Harrington.
In the fall of 1901 he rented his farm and established a residence in Harrington.
He is in comfortable circumstances and highly respected by all who know