Albert Hanson, a representative farmer of Norway Township, residing on section 31, was born in that Township October 19, 1863, his parents being Ole and Rosline (Thompson) Hanson, both of whom were natives of Norway. His paternal grandfather, Hans Olson, came from that country at an early day and settled in Racine County, Wisconsin, developing and improving a farm in Dover Township. The maternal grandfather of our subject spent his entire life in Norway. The father, Ole Hanson, was born in 1835 and was only eleven years of age when he crossed the Atlantic in 1846 and became a resident of this County. In early life he learned the mason’s trade, at which he worked for some time, but in 1862 located on the farm in Norway Township now belonging to our subject. He owned one hundred and sixty acres and was successful in his farming operations. Upon his place he erected good and substantial buildings and continued to reside upon the farm until his death, which occurred March 18, 1913. The Republican Party found in him a stanch supporter and both he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church. She was born in 1833 and died in February, 1912. Of the six children born to them four are still living, namely: Hans C., who is engaged in the lumber and saw mill business at Kennedy, Sawyer County. Wisconsin; Thomas, who is engaged with the Sterling Manufacturing Company, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Albert, of this review: and Mrs. T. Thronson, whose husband is a farmer of Omemee, North Dakota.
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Albert Hanson was reared and educated in much the usual manner of farmer boys and throughout his active business life has engaged in the occupation with which he became familiar in early life. He has met with success as an agriculturist and also possesses good mechanical ability, devoting considerable time to the repairing of machinery for neighboring farmers. He is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of well improved land. He follows dairying to some extent and for this purpose keeps shorthorn Durham cows. In December, 1913, Mr. Hanson was united in marriage to Miss Clara Ludwig. a native of Vernon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, and to them have been born two children: Ruth and Lucile. They hold membership in the Norway Lutheran church and by his ballot Mr. Hanson supports the men and measures of the Republican Party. He has taken quite an active and influential part in local polities and has served as assessor and treasurer of his Township and is now chairman of the town board, having filled that office for three terms. Wherever known he is held in high esteem.