Hanson, Howard B.
B: 31 Jul 1913, Hallock, MN
M: 29 Nov 1939, Jeanette (Jean) Halvorson b. 03 Mar 1915. Melville, ND dau of John Halvorson and Bertha Ommundson d. 23 Nov 1999 at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center, Hallock, MN
Children of Howard Hanson and Jeanette Halvorson:
M: Ron Stevens
Kittson County Enterprise Article, 04 Feb 2004
Hanson is resident of the month at KMH
Howard B. Hanson was selected to represent Kittson Memorial Nursing Home as resident of the month in January.
Howard B. Hanson was born on July 31, 1913 in Hallock. He grew up in Park River, ND where his father managed a theater and fashion shop. At the age of seven he moved with his family to a farm near Kennedy where his father began farming with his uncle.
Howard enjoyed his boyhood days in Kennedy. He attended school in Kennedy until the 8th grade then went on to the Agricultural School in Crookston. He returned home to farm with his Dad. In 1937, he purchased his first quarter of land from Theodore Long located in South Red River Township in Kittson County.
Howard met the love of his life, Jeanette, a pretty young girl from New York who was visiting friends in the summer of 1938. He says it was "love at first sight" and even though she said she would never marry a farmer or a butcher, they were married a year later in 1939.
Howard continued to farm, and Jeanette worked at Tranberg's Clothing and Fashion Shop in Hallock. He moved his family into the city of Kennedy in 1948. They raised three children; a son David and two daughters, Dianne and Lynn (who died from heart disease at age 21).
In 1954, along with his farming, Howard began selling grain bins and buildings for the Butler Company. Over the years, he sold over 1,100 grain bins. He loved working in sales and with the public. He retired from farming at the age of 65 in 1978.
Howard loved to travel and over the years has been to California, New York, Alaska, and Hawaii. His favorites times have been with family and friends and the special times he had hunting (duck, geese, and deer) and especially fishing at Lake of the Woods where his greatest fish story came true with the catch of a 28 pound sturgeon. He still enjoys collecting and selling old coins and loves art. His room displays two very special pictures, one painted by his wife, Jeanette, and one by a dear friend, Helen Ann (Peterson) Such.
Howard suffered two losses in 1999, the loss of his wife, Jeanette, and also the loss of his eyesight which has taken many simple pleasures from him. However, he remains active here at Kittson Memorial. He attends all the daily and special events, rides his stationery bike, goes to Margie's Cafe twice a day for coffee and shaking dice (thanks to his friend Bob Cameron), attends church at Red River Lutheran and many Kennedy and Kittson County events.
Howard celebrated his 90th birthday this past summer. Many family and friends attended an afternoon celebration with cake and ice cream and later an evening dance with a band he hired from Wannaska. Howard loves to dance, and the day was a happy one for him with his friends, family and even Kittson Memorial staff who danced with him. A special day was also held for him at Red River Church to honor his 90th birthday.
Howard was involved with many organizations over the years that he is very proud of which include: Red River Lutheran Church and Board Member, Kennedy Senior Citizens, Kennedy School Board, Kennedy Lions, Kennedy Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy Home & Hobby Show and the Kittson Federal Credit Union. Howard was honored as "Outstanding Senior Citizen" by the Kennedy Lions Club in 1988. More recently has represented Kittson Memorial as an escort for the Northwest Minnesota Nursing Home Pageants held in Greenbush (2002) and Hallock (2003). Howard has many wonderful memories.