Henry Hansen came to Cass county in 1871, and bought eighty acres in section 13, of Brighton township. He now owns two hundred acres lying in a body, and all under cultivation. He has good buildings with an orchard and grove. He is engaged in general farming and stock raising. Mr. Hansen was born in the western part of Denmark, September 17, 1839. His father, Henry Hansen, was also a native of Denmark. He died at his son's residence in Cass county in 1883. His mother, Mary G. Hansen, still lives with her son, Henry. She is in the enjoyment of good health and remarkably active for one of her years, thinking nothing of walking to Atlantic. When Henry was twenty years of age, he went to South America and lived three years in Brazil, and two years in Buenos Ayres(sic?). He was employed in working at the blacksmith trade, which he learned in Brazil. On his return to the United States, he went to St. Louis and remained six months, after which he went to the Rocky mountains, and engaged in mining nine years. He then came to Cass county,. He returned to Denmark on a visit in 1870, remaining in that country four months. He then came here and purchased his present farm. His brother and wife accompanied him on his return from Denmark. He was married June 20, 1876, to a native of Denmark. They have two children...Mary G. and Henry.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 604.