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1 March 1820–3 August 1898
|Thomas Hansen was born March 1st, 1820, in Schleswig-Holstein, and died Aug. 3rd, 1898 at Wyoming, Iowa.
In his early youth Mr. Hansen followed the vocation of farming. He was married in 1839 to Miss Cathrina Carsens and shortly afterward entered the Danish army where he served faithfully for eight years. Three years of this time was spent in active service in the war of '48-'51 by which Schleswig-Holstein became part of the German confederation dependent upon Prussia. In 1869 Mr. Hansen, then returned to civil life, left his old home for America, bringing with him his entire family consisting of his wife and nine children. He occupied a farm in Clinton county until 1870 when he moved to Wyoming, dwelling for five years on the Calkins farm south of town. The later years of his life were spent with his son, Cornelus, upon the WIlliam Ward farm where in 1889 Mr. and Mrs. Hansen celebrated their golden wedding after fifty years of happy wedding life. Thomas Hansen was a man who served God by living in good fellowship and harmony with his fellow men. During his long life he was admired and respected by all who knew him as a man of particular uprightness of character and steadfastness of purpose. He mase hosts of friends and no enemies. His many years were well spent and in passing into the great unknown he leaves behind a record for honesty, charity and fidelity to friends which few men attain. Mr. Hansen's nine children, sixty-four grand children and twenty-four great-grandchildren survive him, all residents of the state of Iowa. All of the nine children, four of the grand-children and Carsten Hansen a brother residing at Mason City, were present at the funeral held at the M.E. church, Friday, Aug. 5th. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery on the hill.
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