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Biography of Otto Hanson

The following excerpt comes from
An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota
by Arthur P. Rose
Northern History Publishing Company, Jackson, Minnesota, 1910

p. 371

OTTO HANSON (1871) is one of the very earliest settlers of Weimer township. He was born in Norway June 12, 1842, the son of Hans Olson and Marian Olson, both of who died in their native land. Otto is the oldest child in a family of three boys and one girl, all living in the United States. The others are A. C. Hanson, of Mendora, Wisconsin; Matt Vaunebo, of Montana; Hannah Knudson of Mendora, Wisconsin.

Until he was a young man Otto lived with his parents in his native land. He then took a position on a farm, where he was employed until he came to America at the age of twenty-seven years. He worked on a farm near LaCrose, Wisconsin, two years and then, in 1871, came to Jackson county. He took as a tree claim in southwest quarter of section 20, Weimer township, located on the place at once adn began its improvement, erecting a little shack, 12x18 feet, in which he lived for several years. He has ever since resided on the place.

Mr. Hanson was married in LaCrosse county, Wisconsin, in December, 1870, to Annie Lorncern, also a native of Norway. Three children were born to this union: Peter, a machinist at Okabena; Anker, a Weimer township farmer; Hans, of Minneapolis. Mr. Hanson is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church.

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