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Hans Hansen, one of the younger farmers and stock raisers of Douglas township, Audubon county, Iowa, and a native of Denmark, was born on October 7, 1879, the son of Jens C. and Nyson Hansen, also natives of Denmark. The father was a dealer in stock in the old country, who came to this country in 1880, and after landing in New York city, proceeded to Atlantic, Iowa, where he worked in a brickyard for a time. After living her of some time he purchased forty acres of land near Elkhorn, Iowa, and within the next few years, bought and sold several farms in this neighborhood. After buying and selling forty and eighty acres near Elkhorn, he rented two hundred and eighty acres in Hamlin township, Audubon county, which he farmed for a few years and then purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Douglas township, and was living on the latter farm at the time of his retirement from active farm life and his removal to Audubon. He and his wife were the parents of twelve children.

Hans Hansen received his education in the public schools of Audubon county, and also attended school one year in Elkhorn, after which he began working for his father on the farm, and here he remained until twenty-one years of age, when he rented a farm southwest of Audubon, consisting of two hundred and eighty acres and started out in life for himself. After living here for two years he purchased a farm of eighty-six acres in Guthrie county, Iowa, which he owned for one and one-half years. After disposing of the farm in Guthrie county, he bought the farm comprising one hundred and twenty acres where he now lives, for which he paid fifty-two dollars an acre. In 1913 he built a thoroughly modern house equipped with waterworks and a lighting system, which is available in every part of the house and which cost about five thousand dollars. In 1914 he built a new barn at a cost of about fifteen hundred dollars. All of the grain raised on the farm is fed to live stock. Ordinarily, Mr. Hansen sells about one hundred head of hogs every year, and is very successful in the breeding and handling of live stock.

Hans Hansen Home

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In 1901, Hans Hansen was married to Anna Hansen, the daughter of Peter Hansen, of Brayton, Iowa, and to this union have been born four children, Maggie, Agnes, Petrea and Rose, all of whom are living at home with their parents, and all of whom attend school.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen are members of the Danish Lutheran church at Audubon, and are actively interested in the affairs of this denomination. Mr. Hansen is identified with the Republican party, but on account of his extensive agricultural interest in the county, he has taken no considerable part in the political life of this township and county, but has left the management of political situations to others. As a citizen of this great state, he has made the most of his opportunities, and is entitled to exceptional credit for his part in the agricultural development of Audubon county. Mr. Hansen is well known in the neighborhood where he lives and has a host of friends in the county.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, April 1, 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, pg. 720-721.
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