Farming interests of Hanover township lost a progressive and worthy representative and Allamakee county an honored
and worthy pioneer citizen when Hans Simenson passed away on his farm on section 21. He was known and recognized
as one of the representative agriculturists of this vicinity, a man whose success was an important element in general
development, and he was honored also as a veteran of the Civil war to whom the country owes a debt of gratitude
which can never be forgotten and never fully repaid.
Mr. Simenson was one of the many sturdy and industrious citizens whom Norway has given to America, his birth having
occurred in that country in 184o, his parents being Ole and Anna Simenson. They came to America in 1851 and settled
in Winneshiek county, this state, where the father died in 1876. His wife survived him some years, dying at the
home of the subject of this review in 1883. They were the parents of seven children. of whom one, a son, still
When Hans Simenson was eleven years of age he accompanied his parents to America and settled with them in Winneshiek
county. Four years later he moved to Allamakee county and here he afterwards began farming for himself, buying
land on section 21, Hanover township. For a long period thereafter he improved and cultivated this property, the
years bringing him success, prominence and substantial fortune and a place among the prominent and representative
agriculturists. From time to time he added to his holdings and finally accumulated three hundred and sixty acres
of land, of which one hundred and eighty were in a high state of cultivation. In its development he adhered always
to the most progressive and practical methods and his farm became one of the finest in. this vicinity, reflecting
in its neat and attractive appearance the many years of careful supervision and practical labor which the owner
had expended upon it.
In 1869 Mr. Simenson was united in marriage to Miss Patrena Larson, a native of Norway and a daughter of Christian
and Anna Larson, who came to America in 1852 and settled in Allamakee county. The father purchased land in Hanover
township and operated it until his death. His wife survives him and makes her home in Waukon, being now eighty
seven years of age. They were the parents of ten children of whom four still survive, the wife of the subject of
this review being the first in order of birth. Mr. and Mrs. Simenson became the parents of four children: Sarah,
the wife of W. H. Allen, a rancher in California; Oscar C., a farmer in Winneshiek county; Jane, who married E.
W. Allen, engaged in the transfer business in Waukon; and Alfred, who owns the old homestead. The latter his added
to his father's holdings, owning now three hundred and seventy eight acres of land, on which he carries on general
farming and stock raising. Mrs. Simenson survives her husband and makes her home with her son. She is a lady of
many excellent traits of mind and character and is widely known and highly respected, her upright life having won
for her the confidence and good will of all who know her.
In the life of Hans Simenson was a creditable military chapter. In 1861 he enlisted in Company H, Ninth Iowa Volunteer
Infantry and went to the front as a private. He participated in many of the most important engagements of the Civil
war, serving four years, and at the close of hostilities was mustered out as corporal. He was always a most earnest
and patriotic citizen, manifesting these qualities at home as well as on the battlefield and he was never known
to withhold his support from any progressive public project. He served with ability and distinction in almost all
of the township offices, considering it the duty of every citizen to serve his fellowmen when called upon to do
so. His upright life was guided by the doctrines of the Presbyterian church of which he was a devout member and
he kept in touch with his comrades of fifty years ago through his connection with the Waukon Post of the Grand
Army of the Republic. Mr. Simenson's death occurred on his farm in Hanover township, and it deprived this part
of Iowa of a representative and valued citizen, a man of proved patriotism, loyalty and uprightness, whose life
was guided and directed by high ideals and whose accomplishments were important as factors in the general development
of this part of the state.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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