The Hanson State Bank
Adams County, NE Biographies





THE HANSEN STATE BANK.
The Hansen State Bank is regarded as one of the strong and substantial financial institutions of Adams county because of the men who occupy its offices and direct its policy. This bank was founded in 1912 by H. A. Redman, who was elected president, C. M. Redman, vice president, L. J. Berg, second vice president, and J. J. Mohlman, cashier. The bank was capitalized for ten thousand dollars and they erected a bank building at a cost of forty two hundred dollars. It is the first bank of the town of Hansen and it draws its patronage from the surrounding farmer community. It has adopted as its motto, service, silence and safety. The bank statement issued December 9, 1915, indicates a business of sixty six thousand six hundred and twenty six dollars, its deposits amounting to fifty three thousand five hundred and seven dollars, its capital stock and surplus to ten thousand five hundred dollars and its profits to two thousand two hundred and fifty six dollars. This statement shows that the bank is in excellent standing and indicates the excellent growth made by the institution during the short period of its existence.

H. A. Redman, the president of the bank, was born in Germany and in his youthful days came to America, settling first in Wisconsin, while afterward he accompanied his parents on their removal to Adams county in 1882, at which time the family home was established on a farm near Juniata. He afterward turned his attention to the implement business in Juniata and later conducted a similar undertaking in Kenesaw. Becoming actively interested in banking, he aided in organizing the First State Bank of Kenesaw and later served for a few years as cashier of the German National Bank of Hastings. In the fall of 1911 he organized the Commercial Exchange Bank of Doniphan, Nebraska. Thus he brought broad experience to the present undertaking and his ability in the field of banking is an assurance to the patrons of the Hansen State Bank of its wise and successful conduct. Mr. Redman was married to Miss Anna Bade, of Adams county, who died while they were residing in Doniphan, leaving three children, of whom the son, C. M. Redman, is serving as the cashier and the daughter, Bertha, is assistant cashier of the Bank of Doniphan. The family hold membership in the German Lutheran church and are prominent in the business and social life of the community.

C. M. Redman, vice president of the Bank of Hansen, was born on a farm near Juniata in 1883 and attended the common schools there, after which he continued his education in the Creighton Pharmacy College of Omaha and then joined his father, H. A. Redman, in business and assisted him in organizing the First State Bank of Kenesaw and later the Commercial Exchange Bank of Doniphan, serving at present as cashier of the latter as well as vice president of the Hansen State Bank. He married Clara Polensky, a daughter of Emil Polensky, of Hastings. They, too, are members of the German Lutheran church.

L. J. Berg, who was the second vice president of the Hansen State Bank although he has retired from active management, was born in Illinois in 1878, a son of Gottlieb Berg, now deceased. In the early '80s he accompanied his parents to Nebraska, the family home being established on a farm near Kenesaw, where he still resides. He is one of the extensive landowners and prosperous citizens of the county, owning now five hundred and sixty acres. He helped to organize both the Hansen and Doniphan banks but sold his interest in both in 1913 and is now living retired at Iienesaw. He married a daughter of Ed Fief, of Hall county, and they have one child.

John J. Mohlman, cashier of the Hansen State Bank, to whom we are indebted for the material concerning the institution and the history of its officers, was born in Germany in 1883 and in the year 1889 was brought to Nebraska by his parents, John and Antje Mohlman, who settled in Clay county, near Glenville, where the father purchased a section of land, where he and his wife still make their home. They had a family of seven children, of whom two have passed away, while those yet surviving are Fred, John, George, Anton and Grace, all living in Hall county with the exception of the second named.

John J. Mohlman was reared to manhood upon the old homestead and acquired a common school education, supplemented by study in Hastings College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1908. He took up the profession of teaching and served for three years as principal of schools, spending two years at Valentine and one year at Nelson. He then turned his attention to the banking business and aided in organizing the Hansen and Doniphan banks and is now vice president of the Commercial Exchange Bank of Doniphan and cashier of the Hansen State Bank, being active in the management and control of the latter, while his official position also gives him voice in the direction of the former. He is a wide awake, enterprising and progressive young business man who realizes the fact that the bank which most carefully safeguards its depositors is the one most worthy of support.

In 1913 Mr. Mohlman was married to Miss Elsie Nielson, a daughter of Hans Nielson, who was formerly a resident of Valentine, Nebraska, but is now living in Copenhagen, Denmark. They have one son, Laverne, who was born in 1914. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church at Hansen, in the work of which they are actively interested, Mr. Mohlman serving as one of the trustees, and fraternally he is also connected with the Odd Fellows lodge at Hastings. Hem is a wide awake and enterprising young business man, alert to the opportunities for the attainment of success and, like the other officers of the Doniphan and Hastings banks, occupies a very enviable position in financial circles in this county.

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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