C Oscar Hanson
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Date: 4/15/2010 at 13:21:50
C Oscar Hanson, a successful and representative merchant of Beaver, handles a complete line of hardware, harness and farm implements and also deals with automobiles. His birth occurred in Bureau county, Illinois, in July 1865, his parents being John and Matilda Hanson, natives of Sweden, who emigrated to the United States in an early day. Locating in Calfiornia. In that state the father prospected for gold for some time and subsequeintly removed to Illinois, where he purchased land and carried on farming for several years. On the expriation of that period he returned to Sweden but as the end of a year came back to this country and took up his abode in Boone county, Iowa, here purchasing a tract of land which he cultivated until 1894. He is now eighty-three years of age and has lived retired in Boone during the past two decades. His wife has attained the age of seventy-six years. They are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community and have many friends here.
C Oscar Hanson was reared and educated in Boone county and when fourteen years of age began learning the blacksmith's trade, working that occupation at intervals thorugh a period of twenty-eight years. He spent two years on the road as a representative of the International Harvester Company and for six years was engaed in the hardware and implement business at Boone in association with his brother, while for a year and a half he conducted and enterprise of that character alone. In October 1913, he came to Beaver and purchased the hardware establishment which he is now conducting. He handles a complete line of hardware, harness and farm implements and is also a dealer in Detroit and Jackson automobiles. Mr Hanson bought the two story steel structure in which his busiess is carried on and has erected an addiiton thereto, occupying the building in its entirety. An extensive partonage is accorded him and he enjoys an unassailable reputation for reliability and integrity that in indeed well merited.
In July 1893 Mr Hanson was united in marriaeg to Miss Edith Kaatz, a daughter of August and Minnie Kaatz, who wre natives of Germany and emigrated to the United States in an early day. The father followed farming in Minnesota until the time of his demise in November 1912. The mother now makes her home with our subject. Unto Mr and Mrs Hanson have been born six children, as follows: Marjorie who is fifteen yearsof age Opal who is thriteen years old, Leona and Francis who are nine and seven years of age respectively, Amford, who died in November 1896, and Dorothy who passed away in September 1903.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr Hanson has given his political allegiance to the republican party. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church while fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodman of America, the Homesteaders, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a man of marked enterprise, positive character and strict integrity, and he has ever been greatly interested in the growth and prosperity of his community. His life is exemplary in many respects and he has the esteem of all his friends and the confidence of those who have had business realtions with him.
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