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The proud owner of a splendid farm of two hundred and twenty acres in Sharon township, Audubon county, Iowa, Christen Hansen, was born in Denmark, December 16, 1864, and is a son of Hans Christen and Anna Hansen, both native citizens of Denmark, where the former was a wagon maker by trade, which he followed until his death. His wife, the mother of Christen Hansen, is still living in their native country. Christen is the only child born to his parents.

After being educated in the public schools of his native land, Mr. Hansen engaged in farming and worked on various farms until he arrived at the age of nineteen, when he came to America, and located in Sharon township, Audubon county. Here he worked as a farm hand for four years, and then purchased eighty acres of land, upon which he is now living, for which he paid eighteen dollars and a half an acre. From time to time he has added to his original land holdings until he is now the owner of two hundred and twenty acres, which is devoted to general farming and where he raises on an average of seventy-five acres of corn each year, and has a yield of fifty bushels to the acre. He also raises some seventy acres of small grain each year; feeds seventy head of hogs and several head of cattle for the markets annually. Mr. Hansen has invested, approximately, seventy-five hundred dollars in improvements upon his farm.

In 1888, Christen Hansen was married to Sine Ericksen, the daughter of Alexander Ericksen, and to this union have been born four children, Henry, Albert, Martin and Lawrence, all of whom are unmarried and living at home, with the exception of Henry, who married Sophia Larson, and they have one child, Wilma.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen and family are members of the Seventh Day Adventist church, in which Mr. Hansen has served as trustee. A Republican in politics, he has also served as trustee of Sharon township, and as a school director in this township.

Christen Hansen enjoys the respect of his neighbors and the confidence of all the people of Sharon township, where he is well known and where he is popular. Here he is known as an enterprising and successful farmer, a worthy citizen of this great county and of his adoped country.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, March 29, 2013 from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 799-800.
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