The Obituary of Halvor Hanson

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Wednesday, April 3, 1929
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(The Lyle Tribune)

The passing ot our esteemed neighbor and friend, Halvor Hanson, at his home in Austin, Tuesday morning, March 19th, removed from this community one of its staunch pioneers and beloved citizens He is gone, but those who knew him as a man of many noble virtues will long cherish his memory. He was endowed with a rugged constitution and his efforts were ever for the upbuilding of the community. He loved to meet with his associates and recount the experiences of early days. His upright principles and cheerful disposition won him many friends, throughout his life. Even during his last illness, when deprived of sight, he was cheerful and brave, and was glad to meet his old friends. Those who visited those who ministered found hope and courage inspired by his example.

Halvor Hanson was born in Solor, Norway, February 8, 1846. In 1869 he immigrated to the United States, arriving at Austin, Minn., on the first day of June. The following day he went to Mitchell county, where he located on a farm, about four miles south of Lyle, where he resided 55 years. In 1922 he moved to Austin, where he lived until his death.

In 1873 Mr. Hanson was united in marriage to Miss Anne Thompson, daughter of Thore Thompson, and they were the parents of nine children: Torval, deceased; Martha , the wife of Robert Richards of Lyle, Minn; Bertha, who died in infancy; George of Wibaux, Mont.; Ella, at home in Austin; Hannah, the wife of Oscar Thompson, residing on the home farm; Henry of Wibaux, Mont., and Bertha, Mrs. Ed Sherman, of Wibaux, Mont. Mr. Hanson is also survived by one sister, Mrs. John Larson of Mona, and a brother, Emil Hanson, of Atlantic City, N. J.

Funeral services were held at the Jordan Mortuary at Austin at 11:45, Rev. Noss officiating; and at the Mona Lutheran church at 1 o'clock, Rev. Noss being assisted by Rev. Langehough. Interment was made in the family lot at Pleasant Hill cemetery, being in charge of the Masonic Lodge, No. 131, of which he was long a member. Members of the order acted as pall bearers, in fulfillment of Mr. Hanson's wish.