Alick Hanson is farming the homestead in Hilton township and is numbered among the prosperous and energetic
agriculturists of that locality. He is a native of Norway, born on the 2d of February, 1849, and is a son of John
and Gunnel (Anderson) Hanson, also natives of the land of the midnight sun. The family emigrated to America in
1853 and resided in New York state for a year. At the end of that time they decided that better opportunities awaited
them in the west and removed to Rock Island county, Illinois, where they continued until 1860. That year witnessed
their arrival in Scott county, Iowa, and five years later they came to this county, locating upon a farm in Sumner
township. In 1866, however, they purchased the farm in Hilton township which our subject now owns. It comprises
a quarter section of excellent land on section 16 and the father gave the remainder of his active life to its operation.
Both he and his wife have passed to their reward. They were the parents of the following children: Hannah A., the
wife of F. A. Faltinsen; Christopher; Martin, a resident of Spokane, Washington; Andrew, who is living' in Scott
county, Iowa; George, a resident of South Dakota; Alick, of this review, and one who died in infancy.
Alick Hanson was but four years of age when he accompanied his parents to the new world and his education was acquired
in the public schools. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-one and assisted in the operation of the
home farm. Upon attaining his majority he purchased the homestead and resided thereon until 1891. In that year
he went to Cedar Rapids but in 1896 returned to the home farm and has since concentrated his energies upon its
cultivation and development. He cultivates the soil and also raises stock of a good grade and as he is industrious
and progressive and manages his affairs well success is attending his efforts.
In 1872 Mr. Hanson married Miss Maria L. Johnson, a native of Sweden and a daughter of Jonas and Anna Johnson,
who were also born in that country and passed their entire lives there.
Mr. Hanson supports the republican party and has held the offices of township trustee and school director. In addition
to the fine farm which he owns in Hilton township he holds title to a quarter section of land in South Dakota,
which is partly improved, and is also a stockholder in the Bank of Conroy. He has thoroughly identified himself
with the interests of Iowa county and his life measures up to a high standard of manhood and citizenship.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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