Biography of Hermon O. Hanson
Iowa County, IA Biographies





Herman O. Hansen, deputy county treasurer, was born in Washington township, this county, on the 8th of October, 1888, a son of Lawrence and Anna (Hansen) Hansen, both natives of Denmark. In 1877, when but sixteen years of age, the father emigrated to this country and took up his residence in Iowa county, Iowa. In 1875 the mother accompanied her parents upon their removal to the vicinity of Luzerne, Benton county, this state. She was then a girl of fourteen years. Her marriage to Mr. Hansen was celebrated in 1887 and they settled upon a farm three miles northeast of Marengo which he had purchased a short time previously. They resided upon that place for twenty two years, but in 1909 Mr. Hansen retired from active life and they removed to Marengo, where they are now living. They belong to the Presbyterian church and are held in high esteem by all who have been brought into contact with them.

Herman O. Hansen was reared at home and acquired his education in the district schools and in the Marengo high school. After putting aside his textbooks he assisted his father with the work of the farm for a number of years, but in 1905 he took an extensive trip through Colorado and the western country, going to the coast and attending the Portland Exposition. He spent a year touring the west and after his return spent some time upon the homestead. On the 5th of February, 1909, however, he went to Stanley county, South Dakota, where he filed on a claim and later bought eighty acres from the government, making his holdings aggregate two hundred and forty acres. Not long after proving up upon his claim he took the civil service examination and, passing it successfully, was appointed to the railway mail service, but a year later his health broke down and he turned his attention to the lumber business, in which he had been employed at the time of his appointment to the government service. His work was so gratifying to his employers that he was at length made manager of a lumberyard at Blairstown, Iowa, and he continued there until the spring of 1914, when he returned to this county and found employment with the Brown Hardware Company of Marengo. On the 1st of January, 1915, he was appointed deputy county treasurer, which position he is now filling with credit.

Mr. Hansen is a democrat in politics. He is very active in church circles and is a member of the choir of the Presbyterian church, to which he belongs. He is also a member of the Bible class of that church and plays the first violin in the Sunday school orchestra. He is one of the representative young men of Iowa county and his friends prophesy a successful future for him, as in all that he has done he has succeeded and has demonstrated his ability and sound business judgment.

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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