Biography of Hans H. Paulson
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HANS H. PAULSON
Ancestry and birth alike form links binding Mr. Paulson closely to the rugged and thrifty kingdom of Denmark, where his progenitors lived and labored as far back as genealogical records and traditional lore throw light upon the family history. No stirring or unusual events differentiated their lives from those of the people around them. In times of war they furnished gallant men to help their country and in seasons of peace they toiled as industrious, honorable citizens, some tilling the sterile soil and some going out upon the seas as sailors or as fishermen. The first to break away from the tradition of his elders was John, a native of Denmark, born in October of 1839, and for some years connected with a military school in his native country. Accompanied by his wife, Haneine, and their children, in 1872 he crossed the ocean to the United States, where he hoped he might better his financial condition. A search for a location ended near Waterloo, Iowa, where he bought a tract of land and began to till the soil. The results were encouraging and he became fairly well to do, but climatic conditions were unsatisfactory and he therefore disposed of his property there in 1890, coming in that year to Southern California and settling in Riverside. The acquisition of a small orange grove here furnished him with an occupation and a livelihood and he found horticulture a pleasant and profitable pursuit, continuing the work until his demise in 1902 at his suburban home.

No recollection of the trip across the ocean lingers in the memory of Hans H. Paulson, for he was only an infant at the time of the immigration to America. Born July 27, 1872, he is a typical American in all save birth and his devotion to commonwealth and country is surpassed by none. His education was begun in country schools in Iowa and completed in the Riverside schools, after which he began to work by the day on ranches in the district. Notwithstanding the fact that in those days wages were low, he gradually accumulated a neat little sum of money and eventually was in a position to buy a place of his own. The property which he purchased stands on the corner of Monroe and Colorado streets and comprises ten acres available for various crops.

The marriage of Mr. Paulson took place in Riverside January 8, 1894, and united him with Miss Ellen Ringsborg, of this city. They are the parents of four children, namely: Paul, born in 1897 and now a student in the Riverside schools; Walter, born in 1899; Dorothy, whose birth occurred in 1903; and Mildred, 1907. Each child will be given good educational advantages and prepared for the responsibilities of the world. Activity in politics is not a characteristic of Mr. Paulson, whose tastes and inclination lead him to prefer the quiet round of farming duties and social affairs rather than any participation in civic or county projects. However, he keeps posted concerning national issues and gives his support to Democratic principles. At one time he served as deputy assessor in his district. The Fraternal Brotherhood has the benefit of his participation in its local affairs and he has been a contributor to its charitable work. In addition he has been warmly interested in the lodge work of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and for years has been a quiet, earnest worker in its many local activities.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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