John Hanson obituary

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NEWSPAPER Lyle Tribune
DATE Jan. 22, 1937

Lyle Merchant, Died January 14.
A Man With A Purpose and Vision

John Hanson, merchant and leading citizen passed away at this home in Lyle late Thursday evening January 14th, after a week's struggle with flu and pneumonia.

Early in September he submitted to a major operation at the hospital at Austin, and after some time returned to his home here. However he never fully recovered his usual strength, altho he was about the store much of the time, until about a week before his death, when he conducted his fatal illness.

About a quarter of a century ago, this young stalwart, honest and whole hearted gentleman arrived in Lyle from the open prairies of Nebraska, and for a short time clerked for Briese Bros., in their general store. Later he purchased a stock of goods from George Hill and commenced business for himself at the corner store, and by fair and honest dealing and close application to business, built up one of the largest mercantile stores in the county. It is a model of neatness, and reflected the careful supervision of its splendid manager. Mr. Hanson was progressive, and pushed forward, not only in business, but also in church and community. His word was as good as his bond. He was recognized leader among men. He gave freely of time and money for the support of the church and its work. He was a regular attendant. He could also be relied upon to assist in any worthy enterprise in the community. He made definite plans and pursued them. His span of years was not as long as some have enjoyed, but he accomplished much and in his going, Lyle lost a valued and worthy citizen. This nobleman has been called from our midst, but his influence will long linger in the community, where he chose to make his home and friends. His customers knew him personally, and he was a man worth knowing.

Those who came to attend the funeral: Mrs. Tilla Jurkow, Sheridan, Wyoming; Olaf Hanson of Holbrook, Nebr., Dr. Martin Hanson of Broken Bow, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Leander Corpstein, Caledonia, Minn; Mr. Fred Schleich of Spring Valley; Oscar Thompson, Adams, Minn; Clarence Peterson, Dexter, Minn; Carl Gunderson of Sargeant, Minn.

A rock of strength to lean upon in
time of joy or stress;
An understanding, loyal soul,
A heart of tenderness,
A mind all wisdom,
Knowing how justice and love to blend;
A teacher, loving, patient, kind,
My father and my friend.

John Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hanson was born in Grant County Wisconsin, Sept. 19, 1874, and departed this life Thursday evening at 11 o'clock, Jan. 14, 1937, at the age of 62 years. At the age of 5, he with his parents moved to Holbrook, Nebraska, where in early life he was confirmed and united with the Norwegian Lutheran church.

In 1903, he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Olswold to which union, one daughter Hazel was born.

For several years, he was engaged in farming, later entering the general merchandise business at Holbrook, Neb. In 1911, he and his family came to Lyle, Minn., where he has been engaged in general merchandise the past 26 years.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Mrs. Frank Schelich, and one grandson, John David of St. Charles, Minn., also three sisters, Mrs. H. Miller of Boulder, Colo., Miss Louise Hanson of Holbrook, Nebr., and Mrs. Tilla Jurkow of Sheridan, Wyo., and three brothers, Henry and Olaf Hanson of Holbrook, Nebr., and Dr. Martin Hanson of Broken Bow, Neb.

His parents and one sister Anna preceded him to the Great Beyond.

The funeral was held Monday P. M. Rev. Langehough officiating.

"When our earthly life is ended,
And our early mission done,
We shall go across the river,
At the setting of the sun,
And in God's Celestial Mansion,
Clothed in garments, strangely fair,
We shall meet those gone before us,
We shall know each other there."


We wish to express our appreciation and sincere thanks to the many friends who so kindly assisted us in every way during the illness and after the death of our dear husband and father. Especially, do we wish to thank Rev. Langehough for his spiritual comfort and consolation, the choir and pianist, and for the lovely floral offerings and memorial remembrances.
Mrs. John Hanson
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scleich
and John David