Karl (Ted) Hansen
( 1907 - 1976 )
Karl ( "Ted" ) was the youngest of Christ and
Ingeborg's children. One of his elder brothers
was a photographer and as mentioned on another page, he had his own dark room.
us, their descendants we now have more photos then normal for this time period.
(On the scattered memories page, I have the top right photo labeled as
Halbert. Yet the photo on
the left is labeled Ted. They both appear to me to be the same boy!
Same chair, same clothes,
and apparently the same boy. Your guess is as sound as mine. From the
photos below with Ted
assuredly identified, compare and decide for yourselves.)
Ted during his adolescent years
Ted's oldest brothers, John & Halbert were in WWI. Obviously Ted
was too young for that war. This seems to me to
be a WWI army uniform. I do not know
the circumstances of this photo, whether he was
dressing up or was in some youth club with
a military basis.
Halbert, Karl (Ted), Otto (Slim),
Martin, Helmer (Ham ) & John
"Ted" lived on his
all of his life. He and his other
brothers, Slim, Martin and Ham maintained
the homestead, built it
up till their deaths. After their father, Christ
died; Ted, Slim and
Martin inherited the 5 quarters. Ham had married
and did not
return until about 10 years later. One of the brothers would always
the property no matter what was happening; funerals, weddings
They were very protective of their holdings as thievery
was an issue they did
not want to handle.
Ted was a good singer, guitar & accordion player at barn dances. He
played some organ. No doubt practiced on that
organ his father purchased for
teacher. Too bad that these days the "barn dance" is rare indeed. My
father, Melvin Eschenbaum played at barn dances. I now wonder if his
not influence him. Though, after awhile my father refused
to play as he was always
asked. He said that he never got to dance
and wanted to meet the girls!!
Ted and his brother Slim were like "Mutt and Jeff." Always
to parties or family gatherings. They were tough,
Norwegian bachelors with
the free flow of
cocktails and smokes. They
had a hearty laugh and enjoyed
life. Though, they did miss the idea of
having a family I suspect.
I, John remember them coming to our home
(Melvin Eschenbaum's) on occasion
for holiday dinners. Sometimes they
would go overboard on the drinking and
become more boisterous then
my father liked. He once kindly asked them to
leave giving bad impressions to
the children. But, they were always
welcomed back. Dad said that one time
they were really feeling bad
as they felt as if no one wanted them around. They
felt as if they had no
where to go and was so grateful that Dad would give them
invites. Dad told
them that we all had families that gave our attention. Their
( or perhaps not) was to remain single and live on the farm. So, they had
to accept what that all gave to them.
[ Photo ID's from 'cocktails and smokes' ] Harry Paulson, Halbert,
Joe Paulson & Joe Staufer
Another time Ted or Slim had asked about coming for Thanksgiving at my father's.
Dad told them not to come drunk and buy the turkey. So, they bought a
and dropped it off at the house a few days before. My mother cooked it,
was ready waiting for the Hansen brothers to appear. Dad saw them pull up
car, but sat out there for a spell. They were not coming in and Dad went
out there to
find out what was up. As he tells it, he asked one of the
"boys" if they were coming in.
One of them said, "well, they had been drinking before they came over."
with them and said, "well, you don't seem drunk, come on in." However they
coffee the rest of the day! At least till they got back home.
It was rather accepted that Ted was sort of the "boss" when they were
about, however, when home Slim was the boss! Ted was the youngest in the
family and the pecking order was set.
Isn't this a "neat" photo. A cowboy and farmer. I know farm work is
very hard, but wonder what it was like working and living with 4 brothers.
This was taken of Ted and Ham sometime in 1931 according
to the print. Spite of what is written on photo; Ted is on the left and
Ham is on the right.
When Ted was very ill and required nursing home care, the doctor asked Slim if
he could afford it. As the story goes, Slim responded, " He could buy the
place if he wanted!" That ended that conversation. For all that the
Hansen boys were or weren't; they sure were damn good businessmen. Hard working, hard
playing, Norwegian men.
This is Ted's notification for the draft in
1942. According to his nephew, Virgil Hansen, on how he heard it or knew
about it....Ted went out and got really drunk either that night or shortly
afterwards. He figured he was going off to war. However, when
going through the physical, he had some throat issue that precluded his
acceptance. So back home he came recovering from the
Ted downtown Faulkton in 1963
There is an illegible date on this
photo. I would say this was
was sometime in the late 1960's.
Ted about 10 years before his death. Ted was found in his car slumped over
the steering wheel. Virgil Hansen said he was called and went out there
asking where Ted was. He said the corner had not arrived yet and Ted's
body was still in the car. I do not know specifically cause of death, but
I would guess it was from a heart attack.
In May of 2008, visiting Leslie
Hansen, I was shown a series of sketches done by Ted when he was younger.
He was one who was quite talented.
View them here.