Biography of Edward M. Hanson
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Edward M. Hanson is living on section 23, Troy township, where he now owns and controls two hundred and seventy acres of rich farm land. He was born upon this farm, September 23, 1854, in a one room log cabin, a typical pioneer home, with clapboard roof and puncheon floor. His parents were Thomas and Bridget (Maher) Hanson. The father was born in Ireland in 1809 and died upon the old homestead farm in Iowa county in August, 1891, having attained the venerable age of eighty two years. His wife, who was born in Ireland in 1814, also passed away at the same place in 1879. They were married in Ohio in 1837. Thomas Hanson had come to the new world in 1830 and first took up his abode in the Buckeye state, where he resided until 1845, when he removed to Iowa and entered one hundred and sixty acres of land from the government, a tract upon which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made. His wife had come to the new world in 1833. To their marriage six children were born: Michael and John, both deceased; Hugh D., who follows farming; Stephen, who has passed away; Thomas, of Williamsburg; and Edward M.

The last named was reared in the usual manner of farm lads, early becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. He has never sought to change his occupation but has always carried on general farming. He makes a specialty of stock raising, handling Hereford cattle, Duroc Jersey hogs and Belgian draft horses. He is meeting with excellent success in his undertaking and has become recognized as one of the foremost stockmen of his part of the state. The farm presents a neat and attractive appearance, being improved with good buildings and all modern accessories.

On the 1st of February, 1881, Mr. Hanson was united in marriage to Miss Ella Giblin, who was born in New Jersey in 1863, a daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane (Gallagher) Giblin, both now residing at Parnell, Iowa. To them were born the following children: Ella, John, Celia, Mary, Michael, Maggie, Patrick, Thomas, Sadie, Laura, and Bridget and Jennie, both of whom are deceased.

To Mr. and Mrs. Hanson nine children have been born: Thomas, who was born in 1882 and is now engaged in farming in Iowa county; Bridget, who was born in 1884 and died in April, 1913; Daniel, who was born in 1886 and follows farming in this county; Raymond, who was born in 1888 and is assistant insurance examiner of Iowa; Cyril, who was born in 1890 and now lives in Arizona; Mary, who was born in 1892 and died in 1913; Clarence, who was born in 1896 and is at home; Emmet, who was born in 1899 and died in 1915; and Reita, who was born in 1903.

The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic church and the political belief of Mr. Hanson is that of the democratic party. He has never sought political office but has served as school director, occupying that position for five or six years. The greater part of his time and energy, however, are concentrated upon his business affairs and he has made his farm of two hundred and seventy acres a valuable property, for his interests are wisely directed and he keeps abreast with the spirit of the times as exemplified in modern progress along farm lines.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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