The Hansen farm and stories of its people

Hansen Family Land Ownership

The Hansen family has lived on or near this portion of land on the North Fork Lewis River since the late 1800's, But the story of the land begins much earlier. Here is the simplified story of this land and it's people since "modern" civilization, and into the present.

Hayes, and Gardener Donation Land Claim

The Donation Land Claim Act was enacted in late 1850 by the United States Congress. It was intended to promote...

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Cedar Creek Grist Mill History

Originally published as "Grist Mill meeting garners 75 visitors" in The Lewis River News, 1995

“My mother didn’t like the local ground flour as well as store bought. She said it was too sticky.” said one. “Did you ever eat the middlings for breakfast with cream and sugar?” asked another. “In 1922, when i was 17, i caught 23 trout under the covered bridge.” contributed an old timer....

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Johnson Family Voyage To America

This is the story of how Walter E. Hansen Sr.'s Mother's family arrived to America. It was written sometime in the 1960's by Walter Sr.'s Uncle Francis.

As per request! A summary of our journey from Finland to the U.S.A.

On Monday, November 15, 1916, our cousin Lina, Uncle John's daughter, came and took us youngsters, Esther, who had her 9th birthday while on the ocean, Elsa - 7, Elna - 3, Svea - 2, and myself - 10,...

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One Week In The Life Of Me

February 2000


My days and weeks are pretty predictable. I like to get up around seven, eat an early breakfast with a cup of coffee while watching the Good Morning America show on TV. Walt leaves for wherever he is going around eight, and I start my day.

I like to plan my day after I get up. I have a chronic illness, so I have to listen to what my body tells me I am able to do.

At other times in my life...

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Memories of Grandmother Nixon

February 2000


Ruth Gertrude Hemmersbach was born to Adam and Elizabeth Zimmerman Hemmersbach on January 21, 1874, in Henery County, Illinois.

There were no sons born to this union, so this branch of my Mothers family ended with the death of her Grandfather Adam.

Ruth married George Washington Nixon on December 28, 1893 at Creston, Iowa. She was 19 and he was 52, she was his third wife. He had numerous...

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