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.
JOHN A. HANSEN, although a young
man, is one who has by energy and superior business sagacity amassed a
competence and is one of the influential citizens of Reardan, Lincoln county,
where he is engaged in the lumber paint, oil and feed business. He
was born February 24, 1870, in Ozaukee county, Wisconsin. His parents,
John and Doris (Friedrichsen) Hansen, are natives of Germany, the father
coming to Wisconsin at the age of thirty-four years. In 1886 he came
to the vicinity of Reardan where he cultivates a section of land.
The mother of our subject was married in Wisconsin and at present resides
with her husband at Reardan.
John A. Hansen attended school in a log cabin
and worked with his father in Wisconsin, came to Washington, Spokane county,
in 1886, and located on a ranch. He remained with his father until
1900, when he came to Reardan and engaged in the lumber, planing mill and
feed business, to which he afterward added a stock of paints and oils.
He has one brother and one sister, Peter, aged thirty-three, married to
Lena Jahn, and living at Rocklyn, Washington; and Emma, aged twenty-five,
the wife of Otis Carstens, residing on a ranch near Reardan. Our
subject was married, December 27, 1903, to Miss Annie Mahrt, of Reardan.
Although Mr. Hansen came to Reardan with limited means he now carries a
large stock of goods and has established a very profitable business, becoming
one of the influential citizens of Reardan. Fraternally, he is a
member of the Maccabees, W. O. W., and F. O. A. He at one time served
as Chief Ranger of the Foresters, Court of Big Bend, No. 55, and is at
present treasurer. He is building a handsome residence in Reardan,
and is in every way prosperous and successful.
In connection with the business mentioned,
Mr. Hansen is operating a planing mill and handles lime, lath, cement,
and in fact all material used in building, with the exception of hardware.