BioA: Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Golden - 1958)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Hansen, Johnson, Etzman, Osterloh, Jackson, White, Prock, Mazola, Walker, Seelow, Mortenson, Light, Franz, Roberts, Michael, Hensen, Nelson, Kitzman, Gillett, Morgenson, Bates, Gehrke, Peterson, Marcysen, Wanish, Moore, Beneski, Osterlo, Ferguson, Van Dreel, Stenholm, Wall, Anderson, Hanrahon, Dahl, Oelnar, Zink, Simonson, Thieme, Poole, Hershman, Meyer, Ehlers, Krumpeck, Zindell, Hrasky, Taylor, Tollefson, Chapman, Glawe, Schoen, Grost, Pluemer, Shaller, Scholtze, Marten, Clouse, Mallory, Williams, Rennak, Markham, Gard, Burchell, Rodgers 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) October 23, 1958 

Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Golden - 15 October 1958) 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hansen of the Town of Mentor celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday at the American Legion Hall, Neillsville, with their 12 children, 48 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren present for the occasion.  There were 300 friends at the open house in the afternoon, and 250 relatives and friends at the dinner in the evening. 

Harry Hansen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Hansen, and Miss Christine Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Johnson, of Denmark, Brown County, were married October 15, 1908, in the Lutheran Church at Gibson, with the Rev. Mr. Etzman, officiating.  Attending were the groom’s brother, Peter John, and the bride’s cousin, Marie (Osterloh) Hershman of Denmark, both of whom attended the 50th anniversary on Saturday.  The bride and groom were raised in the same township and attended the same rural school. 

After their marriage they took up housekeeping at Birnamwood, near Antigo, in a lumbering community.  From 1909 to 1914 they lived at Taylor, N. D., where they proved up on a 160 acre claim.  Five straight years of crop failure; in 1910 from 100 bushels of wheat planted, they harvested 101 bushels of grain.  One of the years 100 acres of flax, which looked excellent in July, froze on August 7, completely destroying the crop. 

In 1914, they decided to return to Wisconsin, and sold the claim for just enough to pay the debts which had accumulated during the period.  They had lost about $1,200 cash investment and five years of work.  Since that time, moisture has returned to that area. 

They returned to Denmark, Brown County for a year, and then located at Catawba, in Price County, where they remained until the spring of 1927, when they moved to Clark County on the "26 Road," four miles west of Loyal.  In 1929 they moved onto the Kayhart farm, seven miles south of Greenwood on Highway 73.  This farm is now owned by Heck brothers. 

Later they moved to the Herman Meyer estate farm in Levis, and also operated the John Ehlers farm in the Town of Levis.  They purchased the Fred Krumpeck farm, south of Neillsville, and later moved onto the Zindell farm, near Shortville. 

An 80-acre farm was purchased from John Hrasky, in Cannonville, and they made their home there until 1948.  After working for other people for four years, they bought a 40-acre farm in the Town of Mentor from Asa Taylor and erected a home there, which is their present location. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen were blessed with 12 children, all of whom are living. They include: Genevieve, Mrs. Robert Jackson, of Greenwood; Melnard Hansen, of Milwaukee; Sylvia, Mrs. Francis White, of Milwaukee; Leland Hansen, of Granton; Pearl, Mrs. Harold Prock, of Neillsville; Orbert Hansen, of Jardine, Mont.; Belle, Mrs. John Mazola, of Levis; Evelyn, Mrs. Durward Walker, of Fairchild; Eleanor, Mrs. Kenneth Seelow, of Milwaukee; Everett "Bud" Hansen, of Milwaukee; Carol, Mrs. Robert Mortenson, of Shortville; and Lila, Mrs. Harvey Light, of Sherwood. 

"We have been most wonderfully blessed," said Mrs. Hansen.  "We sold springer cows for $9 each. We saw many lean years when milk, butterfat and grain brought very little income.  But we managed to raise all 12 of our children and today we have 48 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren to add to our joy." 

Relatives attending included members of the immediate family: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson and children, Wayne, Jr, Eula (Mrs. Paul Franz), Yvonne and Marilyn; Mr. and Mrs. Melnard Hansen and children, Virginia and Lawrence; Mr. and Mrs. Francis White and children, Jean (Mrs. Fred Roberts), Roger, Patricia, Jerry, Dixie, Carla, Cynthia, Randy and Robert; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Hansen and children, Le Roy, Kenneth, Richard, Dianne, Leonard and Loraine; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Prock and children, Maynard, Caroline, Michael, Milton and Mary; Mr. and Mrs. Orbert Hansen and children, Del, Valerie and Linda; Mr. and Mrs. John Mazola and children, John, Albert, Beverly and Eddie; Mr. and Mrs. Durward Walker and children, Judy, Janet and Steven; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Seelow and children, Richard, Eugene and DeWayne; Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hansen and children, Gary, James and Barbara; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mortenson and children, Christine, Robert, Jr, and Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Light and children, Dawn, Dora and Dinah.  

Great-grandchildren present were David Roberts, Milwaukee; Perry Franz, Elk Mound; Tamara Mazola, Neillsville; and Ricky Franz, Elk Mound.  

Out of town guests included Mrs. Ida Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Johnson, Mrs. Phillip Tollefson and son, and Mrs. Sanford Chapman, of Monroe, Wash.; Miss Kristine Johnson and LeRoy Hansen, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Glawe, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Glawe, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Schoen, Green Bay; Mr. and Mrs. John Hershman, Waukegan, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hansen, Northfield, Minn.; Mrs. Frank Pluemer, Mrs. Gordon Michael and Robert Hensen, Faribault, Minn. 

Mrs. Art Nelson, Dennison, Minn.; Mrs. Rudy Kitzman, Kenyon, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gillett, Ogema; Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Hansen, Two Rivers; Mary Lee Morgenson, Curtis Morgenson, Mrs. Stena Bates, Tigerton; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Johnson, Stratford; Bert Johnson, Iron Mountain, Mich.; Elroy Johnson, Versailles, Mo.; Orlan Jackson family and Faith Marie Gehrke, Pewaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Holger Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Arne Peterson, Tony Marcysen, Rae Jean Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wanish, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Wally Wanish, Mr. and Mrs. John Wanish, T. J. Wanish, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moore, Catawba. 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beneski and Carol, Mrs. Carl Petersen, Mrs. Caroline Osterlo, (age 92), Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Lena Osterlo, Denmark; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ferguson, Corvallis, Ore.; Mr. and Mrs. Hans Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Johnson, Werner, N. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Van Dreel, Pulaski; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Stenholm, Mr. and Mrs. Vernard Johnson, Minneapolis; Corp. Wayne Jackson, Fort Bragg, N. C.; Mr. and Mrs. Don Wall and family, Rio; Mr. and Mrs. Chris Anderson, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Anderson, London, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanrahon, Waukesha; Mr. and Mrs. Dahl, Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Rodger White, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberts, Miss Marge Oelnar, Milwaukee. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Seelow and Beverly, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Zink, James and Bob Simenson, Cudahy; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thieme, Phillips; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Franz, Elk Mound; Mr. and Mrs. Joel Poole Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Larsen, Suring; Mr. and Mrs. John Shaller, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Shaller, Unity; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Scholtze, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marten and family, Fairchild. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ruford Hansen and daughter, Antigo; Maynard Prock, Bettendorf, Ia.; Wallace Clouse, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Clouse, Loyal; Melvin Mallory family, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Rennak, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Seelow, Granton; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Markham, Chili; Mr. and Mrs. John Gard, Merrillan; Mr. and Mrs Markham, Mrs. J. A. Burchell, Humbird; and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rodgers, Greenwood. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen were especially happy with the anniversary as every child; every living grandchild and every great-grandchild was present, along with the hundreds of other relatives and friends. 



© Every submission is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Show your appreciation of this freely provided information by not copying it to any other site without our permission.


Become a Clark County History Buff


Report Broken Links

A site created and maintained by the Clark County History Buffs
and supported by your generous donations.


Webmasters: Leon Konieczny, Tanya Paschke,

Janet & Stan Schwarze, James W. Sternitzky,

Crystal Wendt & Al Wessel