Christ & Ingeborg Hansen Families
Photos out of Ida's book
Christ Hansen Heirlooms
The story is, when the school classes were held at the Hansen home, he asked or the teacher told him she could play an organ. So, for the school, he purchased this organ. However the teacher could NOT play, therefore it sat. He later sold it, and by chance it came up for sale again and he purchased it, why I do not recall. Other then perhaps one of his children could now play. In fact, Ted was an accomplished musician of various sorts, perhaps it was him. It now is owned by Judy Hansen, daughter of Leslie, grand-daughter of John. She, herself is a musician and teaches music in a school. She also owns Ted's accordion. So, they remain in the family and have a good home.
Grandma Ida often spoke of this chest and wondered what happened with it. I was with her one afternoon and I asked if she thought it was still on the farm. She said probably. I asked if she wanted to see it. She said she would like to have it, as only Slim was left on the farm. I offered to take her out to the farm and she readily agreed. When in the house, we visited with Slim and she brought it up. She asked him for it and he readily stood up and went upstairs and retrieved it. We heard a clash of things falling on the floor and down he came with the chest. I carried it to the car while she and her brother visited as she walked to the car. I think, that was the last time she saw Slim before his death. I had not heard otherwise. Grandma once asked me one time about painting it. I said.."Oh no Grandma" that the way it is now is the way it should always remain. I told her if she wanted to cover it, crochet a cover for it as she did that frequently. So, that she did. The next time I saw here, there was a crochet cover for the chest. After Ida died, Kenny had possession and now Dale Eschenbaum, son of Kenny possesses it.
Ida also had a small "jewelry box" that was made by Christ for Ingeborg in Norway. It was a plain wooden box that was similar to balsa wood. They used that box for their butter while on the voyage across the Atlantic. I saw the box as Grandma Ida had it in her possession. She writes in her autobiography that she had it and prized it so. However, I have not been able to locate that box since. I suspect one of the granddaughters have it now. My only hope is that they realize it's significance.
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From Ida (Hansen) Eschenbaum memoirs
This bible is in he possession of Lester
Hansen, son of John Hansen. The copyright of this
The book is in poor condition with the binding very loose and the cover almost ripped away. It is totally in the Norwegian language. The third photo is of the front page. The last two photos are of the two page entries that Christ himself wrote as his children were born. As deaths occurred except for Eda's, I presume one of the Hansen boys wrote in the dates. I personally wrote in the death of Ida at 1988 as she was the last Hansen child.
Christ Hansen's Farm Machinery
The above pocket watch was Christ's given to his daughter Ida. She then passed it onto her son Melvin and he to his son Jeff. It is now in the possession of Jeff's daughter, Cassandra Minihan, Christ's great-great grand-daughter.
These are photos of some Norwegian trunks I saw in the Duluth, Minnesota Train Depot Museum and at the Mpls. Institute of the Arts. Christ's is not painted as these, but these are trunks for a dowry. Christ built his strictly for utilitarian use for his immigration to the United States.