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Anton Hanson Family Papers, 1909-1939
- Anton Hanson Family
- Anton Hanson Family Papers
- 1909-1939 (inclusive)19091939
- 0.5 cubic feet
- Collection Number
- MG039 (collection)
- Correspondence, legal, financial and other papers relating to the Anton Hanson, farmer and poultryman of Avon, Idaho, and his daughter Martha.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
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- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Anton Hanson was born April 23, 1862, in Sarpsborg, Norway, and came to the United States at the age of 19. He married Sophia Rud (born January 28 (?), 1867) in northern Minnesota on December 11, 1890. They lived in Minnesota until 1900 when they moved to Avon, Idaho, a small town near Deary, where they raised chickens. They were the parents of six children, Martha, Inga, Bertha, Anna, Johanna, and Henry. Anton Hanson died June 22, 1935, after a long illness.
After attending the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Martha returned to the family home in Avon where, in addition to helping with chores, she was active in church work. Inga married George Siebert and lived in Potlatch; Bertha remained unmarried and lived in Minneapolis; Anna married Andrew Holbech and moved to Big Timber, Montana; Johanna married Thomas Westby on December 11, 1913, and moved to Potlatch; Henry and his family farmed the land near his parents.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The papers of the Anton Hanson family span the years 1909 to 1939 with the bulk of the material covering the years 1925 to 1939.
The papers include correspondence, legal and financial papers, newspaper clippings about family members, and greeting cards sent on the occasions of birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and other holidays.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
There was no original order to the material when it was received, therefore a series order was imposed during processing. The papers were first separated by record type. The correspondence was then separated by recipient and each group was arranged chronologically. The other series are also in chronological order.
Some of the letters to Sophia Hanson are from her brother Christian and are in Norwegian, others are from the Hanson children. There are also lists of contributors to a fund set up when the Hanson home burned in April 1928.
The letters to Martha are from her sisters and from classmates at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. There are also letters from Johanna's daughter Mildred describing her experiences while studying nursing in Spokane. The letters from Martha are her contributions to a Round Robin letter which circulated among her closest friends from L.B.I.
Legal documents include a mortgage, a statement of the value of Anton Hanson's estate at the time of his death, and an insurance policy.
The financial papers include check book records, promissory notes, and property tax notices.
The final series contains newspaper clippings about family members and greeting cards.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Correspondence , 1928-1939Return to Top
To Anton and Sophia Hanson
To Martha Hanson
From Martha Hanson
To Other Hanson Family Members
Series II. Legal and Financial Material , 1920-1935Return to Top
Bank Deposit Book
Property Tax Notices
Other Financial Papers
Series III. Clippings and Greeting Cards , 1915-1939Return to Top
Newspaper Clippings, Programs, etc.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Hanson, Anton, 1862-1935--Archives
- Hanson, Martha
- Hanson Family