Photos out of Ida's
Ida's Prairie Memories
Hansen's in Repose
by Ida Hansen Eschenbaum
Farm Life Photos
( 1891-1967 )
( Halbert with brother John in front)
the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands". Just as this wonderful
poem depicts the village blacksmith, Orient, too, had their own village
blacksmith. His name was Halbert R. Hansen, and he operated his blacksmith shop
from the early 1920's until his retirement in 1965.
As with all early shops, exciting times and memorable experiences were
produced. Huge horses were brought in to have their hoofs trimmed and shoed.
Plow lays were hammered to a cutting edge, the ringing of the hammer against the
anvil could be heard in the very early morning and continued to late evening,
the smell of burning wood as iron bands were seated on the wooden wagon wheels,
and the heated iron brought to near melting point to be shaped or molded into a
workable farm tool. These were the sounds and sights of the very early
Halbert the blacksmith, as he was known in this community, was the oldest
son of Christ and Ingeborg (Iverson) Hansen. The Christ Hansen's immigrated from
Norway in the 1880's and were early pioneers of southwestern Faulk County.
Halbert served in the U.S. Army during World War I and was a charter member of
the Rolland Egger American Legion Post No. 178 of Orient. S.D. of which he
served as elected commander.
On Dec. 22, 1925, he married Leah Downing. Their marriage license lists
Tennis, S.D. as Halbert's mailing address.
Leah Downing, born July 2, 1907, was the oldest daughter of the late Fred
and Mary Downing. The Fred Downings were long time residents of the Orient
community. The Halbert Hansen's lived their entire married life in Orient
operating the Orient blacksmith shop. Halbert succumbed from a heart
Halbert (1891-1967) and Leah ( 1907-1987) had five children:
1. Robert, born March 4, 1928. He resides in Orient. Robert served in
the U.S. Army
during the Korean War. He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting,
and trapping. Bob is a professional trapper and carpenter.
2. Virgil, born Jan. 26, 1929, also resides in Orient. He has been a
career teacher in
the Orient and Faulkton High Schools
& was the business
the Faulkton School District.
Now retired living in Orient.
3. Lavilla born Aug. 3, 1930
Living on the farm she and Lyle own west of Rockham, SD.
Phyllis, born April 11, 1933.
Living now in Redfield, SD.
5. Karen, born Feb. 14, 1948.
Soon to retire with her husband Claude, living in the Black Hills area of So.
For Halbert & Leah's
Halbert and Leah's family circa 1968
Back: Robert, Lavilla & Virgil. Front: Phyllis, Leah, Halbert
Leah & Halbert
40th Wedding Anniversary
Halbert and Leah are buried in the
Prairie View Cemetery
south of Orient, So. Dak.
Family reunion without "Albert." L to R...top row... Virgil, Millie,
Robert, Phyllis, Dale, Lavilla & Lyle.
Front row. Rick, Bill, Marlis...sitting is Leah.
Then Bruce and Janice.
Halbert's Family July,
Back: Karen, Lavilla & Phyllis Front: Virgil