|ANDREW HANS, farmer, Oxford Twp., Sec. 15; P.O. Oxford Junction; was born in Bavaria in 1831, and came to America in 1849; settled in New York and worked on a farm for five years, then went to New York City and worked at the cabinet-making business; from there to Lee Co., Ill., and remained four months, and, in 1855, came to Hale Township, Jones Co., with nothing but a span of horses and a wagon, and bought forty acres of Walston, then sold and came to Oxford Township and bought the first forty acres of Mr. Wherry, forty from Mr. Ira Carter, then eighty of Mr. Moor, then eighty of Charles Whitler, and sixty-five acres of timber of Bennett, and now owns over three hundred acres, which has been paid for by the hard labor of Mr. Hans, who has made all the improvements, and this is one of the finest stock farms in this county, as there is a stream of water flowing through four of the forty. His wife, Mary Schab, was born in Germany in 1833, and came to America in 1552; she settled in New York, then came to Illinois; she was married in Lee Co. in 1855, at Dixon, and died Dec. 27, 1876; they have buried three children—Nettie, Henry and Ettie; have six living—Mary, Amelia, George, Andrew, Carrie and Elmer. Mr. H. has held the offices of Town Trustee and School Director. Politics, Republican; religion, Evangelical Lutheran.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 593.
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