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Ole Hansen


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"Spokane and The Spokane Country - Pictorial and Biographical - Deluxe Supplement." Vol. II. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912. (No author listed.) pgs. 254-266.


       ONE of the most respected citizens of Spokane county was Ole Hansen, whose death, June 29, 1911, occasioned profound regret throughout a wide region where he had long been favorably known. He was of Danish descent and was born at Copenhagen, Denmark, January 8, 1844. He received his education in the common schools and continued in his native city until twenty-one years of age, when he resolved to seek his fortune in the new world. He came to the United States and for six months worked on a farm in Wisconsin. Perceiving the importance of a more thorough education, he attended school for four months and supported himself by working outside of school hours. He next took up his residence in Chicago and secured a position as coachman for a private family, continuing there until 1882. In the year last named he came to the northwest and located on one hundred and sixty acres of land on Pleasant Prairie, Spokane county. He prosecuted his work with such good results that a year later he was able to purchase one hundred and sixty acres in addition and thus became the owner of a farm of three hun-dred and twenty acres, which he cultivated until 1905. He then gave one hundred and sixty acres to his two eldest sons and in 1910 gave eighty acres to his youngest son, retaining eighty acres for his own use. He was a man of good business judgment, enterprising, industrious and persevering, and gained a prominent position in the community, being recognized as one of its most progressive and useful citizens.
       On the 8th of July, 1877, Mr. Hansen was married, at Chicago, to Christina Sorensen, a daughter of Soren Sorensen. To this union ten children were born. Christian, the eldest, born September 5, 1878, is now studying agriculture and dairying at Washington State College. Albert, born September 14, 1882, is engaged in the sand and gravel contracting business at Spokane. He was married June 14, 1911, to Charlotte Camp. Minnie L., born June 29, 1884, was married to E. W. Fox, who died August 19, 1909. She has one son, Donald Louis, who is three years of age. Mrs. Fox is the secretary of and is a stockholder in the F. 0. Berg Tent & Awning Company of Spokane. Lillian M., born January 8, 1886, makes her home with her mother. Frank, born March 18, 1888, engages in farming. He married Miss Verna White on August 20, 1910, and they have one son, born February 26, 1912. Ivy, born August 5, 1890, is a stenographer in the employ of the Underwood Typewriter Company of Spokane. Hazel, born February 9, 1894, is a student in the North Central high school of Spokane. Three children died in infancy. Mrs. Hansen, his widow, now makes her home in Spokane, having a residence at 03613 Atlantic avenue.
       Mr. Hansen's death resulted from blood poisoning after a brief illness. He was sixty-seven years of age and apparently had before him many years of usefulness when suddenly the dread messenger arrived, and Spokane county lost one of its most respected citizens and one of its wealthiest farmers. He was an early settler of the county and willingly contributed his part toward the upbuilding of this portion of the state. In politics he adhered to the republican party and his religious belief was indicated by membership in the Lutheran church-the faith in which he was reared. A generous--hearted and noble-spirited man, he was fully worthy of the esteem in which he was held, and his memory will long be cherished by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Spokane county.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton

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