Biography of Colonel H. Hansell
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COLONEL H. HANSELL.
Mercantile interests find a worthy representative in Colonel H. Hansen of the Yastine Hansen Clothing Company, conducting business on West Second street in Hastings. He is wide awake, alert and enterprising and his well defined plans have carried him steadily forward to success. He was born in one of the oldtime log cabins of Franklin county, Iowa, on the 26th of December, 1871, his parents being George W. and Laura B. (Smith) Hansell. The father was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1830 and passed away in 1887, while the mother, who was born in Rhode Island in 1836, is still living at Hampton, Iowa, and has almost reached the eightieth milestone on life's journey. The father was a farmer by occupation and on making his way westward to Iowa settled in Franklin county. He had made the journey on horseback and after reaching his destination traded his horse for oxen, with which he did his farm work, hitching the team to a breaking plow with which he turned the first furrows in the fields. He lived in a log house and continued to spend his remaining days in that district. He took an active part in all the affairs of the community, filled the position of county supervisor, gave his political allegiance to the republican party and was a consistent and helpful member of the Methodist church, aiding in organizing the church near his home. His business affairs were carefully and conscientiously conducted and success attended his labors. He became the owner of considerable land and won a place among the extensive stockmen of the district, raising shorthorn cattle and Chester White hogs. His efforts did not a little to improve the grade of stock raised in his part of the state.

Colonel H. Hansell was the youngest in a family of four children. He attended the district schools of Franklin county and also the Highland Park Business College at Des Moines, Iowa. He spent his boyhood days upon the home farm and after becoming familiar with all the duties incident to the work of the fields engaged in merchandising at Hansell, Iowa, a town founded by his father. In that field of activity he continued active until he removed westward to York county, Nebraska, in 1894, at which time he became the cashier and a stockholder and director of the First State Bank of Lushton, Nebraska. In 1897 he removed to Bradshaw, where he accepted a similar position in the Bank of Bradshaw, and in April, 1898, he arrived in Hastings, where he became connected with the cold storage business as a member of the Hastings Produce Company. That business was eventually merged into the Beatrice Creamery Company, of which Mr. Hansel became a stockholder and the local manager, continuing his activity in that field through eighteen years. He became connected with the Vastine Hansel Clothing Company when he withdrew from the creamery business and he is also president of the Hastings Brewing Company, of which he was one of the original stockholders. The clothing business is now growing steadily and their patronage is well deserved, for their methods measure up to the highest commercial standards.

In 1893 Mr. Hansel was united in marriage to Miss Ora M. Gibson, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Alexander J. and Hannah Gibson, both natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Gibson participated in the Civil war as a gunner in an artillery regiment from 1861 until 1865 and after the close of hostilities removed from Illinois to Iowa. In the latter state he successfully carried on general agricultural pursuits until 1891, when he embarked in the mercantile business at Hansel, Iowa. He is a man of retiring disposition but recognized worth and is now living with his wife at Hampton, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Hansen have a son, Paul G., who was born on the 27th of July, 1906.

Mr. Hansell belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks but otherwise has no membership connections with lodge, church or club and he is without political aspiration, preferring to concentrate his undivided attention upon his business interests, which are wisely directed and which have resulted in the attainment of a gratifying measure of prosperity.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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