Spring Valley Sun, Dec. 27, 1928, p. 1
Lars (Louis) Hanson
Lars Hanson was horn to Hans and Sigrid Larson Dec. 8, 1848, in Lille Elvedalen, Norway. At the age of 19 he came to America with several other emigrants who settled in these parts, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Thore Stein and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hanson and sons Hans, Ole, and John.
They came in a sailboat, arriving at Quebec after a ten-weeksÂ’ journey. From there they came to Eau Claire, where Mr. Hanson worked for the Knapp-Stout Company for four years. He then bought some railroad land in Spring Lake where he built himself a home. In 1879 he married Miss Lena Olson. Four children were born, to them a son and three daughters of whom three are living: Henry O. Hanson, who lives on the home place. which he bought six years ago; Selma (Mrs. Martin L. Anderson) of Barron, and Susanna (Mrs. Lester A. Legried) of Chester, Penn. The other daughter died at the age of 7.
Mr. Hanson was blessed with exceptionally good health and a rugged constitution, and had never been in the care of a physician until his last illness. About three or four weeks ago both he and his wife came down with a bad cold, from which they had just about recovered when they suffered a relapse. Owing to Mr. HansonÂ’s age and failing strength, he was unable to withstand the second attack. He died Monday, Dec. 17.
The funeral was held from the home and the Spring Lake Lutheran church Thursday, Dec. 20, Rev. Berven officiating. The Spring Lake choir sang several songs. Among those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Martin L. Anderson, of Barron, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Legried, of Blair. The body was buried in the Spring Lake cemetery.
Besides his wife and three children he is survived by seven grandchildren and a sister, Ellen Hanson, living with a nephew, Henry Peterson, of Spring Lake; he also leaves two sisters in Norway and a host of more distant relatives.
Mr. HansonÂ’s death marks the passing of another of the pioneers of the town of Spring Lake. Although his workday was practically spent, yet he will be sadly missed not, only in his home but also in the Spring Lake congregation, of which he was a charter member and which has loyally and generously supported during his long membership, both with his means and his regular church attendance. In loving memory of their husband and father Mrs. Hanson and children made a gift of $60.00 to the Old PeopleÂ’s Home at Stoughton. A gift in his memory was also given by the Spring Lake LadiesÂ’ Aid to the mission of the Lutheran church.
Contributed by Joe Waddell