|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1839, Norway|
|Death: ||May 4, 1903|
Lac qui Parle County
He is the son of Hans Marcussen Grueholmen and Berthe Mathiasdtr Vestfjeld.
Mathias/Mathis and Karen/Karn had 7 children:
Martha, Herman, Bastian, Peter Mathias, Carl Martin, Gunder and Ole M.
From the "History of Early Pioneers of Freeland Township" written in Norwegian by T. Severson and A. Amundson in 1898 and translated into English by Mrs. Laura Hanson in 1951.
Mathias Hanson, born in Eidskog, Norway, June 1, 1839, married Karen Paulson Bjornstad of the same locality. On May 17, 1870, they sailed for America. After seven weeks and two days they reached Jefferson county, Wisconsin, where Hanson worked for eight years as a day laborer. As the family grew and the wages were small they decided to go farther west and seek a new home. They left Wisconsin on March 28, 1878 in a covered wagon. He had saved enough money to buy a team and wagon, which came to be their living quarters in the 500 mile trip west. After five weeks of strenuous travel they reached Canby, where the first man they met was the then well known machinist, Gustav Erickson. These two men became fast friends which friendship lasted for twenty years. Hanson acquired land in the S.E. quarter of Section 28, where they have since lived. Hanson has taken an active part in the upbuilding of the county and with hard work and frugality has become well-to-do. Of the seven children living, three are married, sons Herman and Bastian have their own homes in the vicinity and daughter Martha lives in Iowa. The lovely little church which is located on Hanson's land is evidence that he has an active part in the work of the congregation. He has held many positions of trust in town, church and school, and the family has the respect of all. Hanson was named Postmaster by President McKinley in Martonville, the post office being in his own home.
The above information was provided by member Diane H #48108474
NOTE: The "lovely little church" was eventually sold after over 100 years of use by the local congregation. All that is left now is a small cemetery and the original church bell. LV
Hans Markusen (1807 - 1886)
Karn Bjornstad Hansen (1838 - 1902)
Martha Hanson Thorson (1864 - 1940)*
Herman Hanson (1867 - 1947)*
Bastian Hanson (1869 - 1949)*
Peter Mathias Hanson (1874 - 1926)*
Carl "Martin" Hanson (1876 - 1948)*
Gunder Hanson (1878 - 1948)*
Ole M Hanson (1880 - 1934)*
Marte Hanson Olson (1834 - 1899)*
Mathis Hansen (1839 - 1903)
Hans H. Fjeld (1844 - 1926)*
Florida Lutheran Church Cemetery
Lac qui Parle County
Created by: Laura V
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71508176