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Family of Anton Hanson




Submitted by Henry Hanson

The history of our grandfather was relatively unknown until 1994. He had shared some of his story, but the details were few. Then I discovered some documents in a safety deposit box, and was able to compose this interpretation of his adventure.

Anton Hansen, one of seven children belonging to Frederik and Hansine Dorthea (Andersen) Hansen, was born December 6, 1875, in Hojen, Denmark. Since he was the youngest son, his chances of gaining any inheritance were slim to none. Anton was given the opportunity to move to America by an uncle who had emigrated before him.

Anton left Copenhagen in July 1892 on the SS Norge, a steamship owned by the Thingvalla Line. The trip took about 14 days and ended in New York. His passage papers indicate that he was enroute to Montague, Michigan. Anton lived and worked for his aunt and uncle, Niels and Petrina Mikkelsen to repay the 168.05 krone they loaned him for his passage.

By 1900 Anton was in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois. He had fulfilled the requirements of naturalization and became a U.S. citizen. He also joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and completed the degree of Encampment at Pickerin, Missouri.

In 1901 Anton bought a farm in Nodaway County, Missouri. He farmed here for 6 years before deciding to move to the warm climate of Texas and farm rice. He sold his farm in 1907, loaded his mules and equipment on a railcar, and rode with his animals all the way to Matagorda County, Texas.

After arriving in Bay City, Anton leased 200 acres of land from the Colonial Land and Development Company. His first crop of rice was a disaster because he couldn’t get enough water on it. The next year the crop was ruined by a tropical depression that flooded the field with too much salt water.

In 1910 Anton was working in Houston for the Telephone Company when he met Mittie Dillard Chastun. Mittie was working for a Milliery Company.  On August the 5th they married in Bay City and moved to Ashwood, where Anton became the Section Foreman for the Southern Pacific and Mittie became the first postmistress in a new store built by J. Fisher Smith. 

It was here that Anton and Mittie D. raised a family of seven. Anton retired from the railroad and returned to farming until the outbreak of WW2.

Pritchard Construction Company was contracted by the U.S. Government to build an aviation gasoline refinery in neighboring Brazoria County. With two sons and a son-in-law fighting in World War, Anton thought he could best serve his country by working on this construction job.

The construction job also enabled Anton to buy his first John Deere tractor and retire his mules. He continued to farm until his death on March 21, 1956. He died of heart failure following surgery to remove his gall bladder. He was buried in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas. Mittie died of heart failure after cancer surgery  6 December 1961. She is buried at Cedarvale in Bay City, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby

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Jan. 8, 2006
Jan. 8, 2006