Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
MARCUS A. HANSEN lives
on a valuable farm two and one-half miles east and one mile south of Davenport.
Born on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, May 23, 1853, he was the son of
Diderek and Maren Christina (Hansen) Hansen, a brief mention of whose lives
appear in the sketch of James D. Hansen. who is a twin brother of our subject.
The two brothers were raised together and have always
been in each other's company, so their biographies cannot differ in any
material detail. Marcus A., with his brother, attended school until fourteen
years of age, and the two came to the United States together in 1873.
From New York, where they first landed, they went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
and in 1874 came to the coast. They went to Red Bluffs, California,
where they worked on farms until 1879, when they came by wagon to Walla
Walla, from that city to the Palouse country, and to Davenport, then Cottonwood
Springs, in 1880. Here each of the brothers took a homestead where
they now live. On account of the newness of the country, which was
then without road or fence and practically uninhabited, together with the
stringent financial condition in which they found themselves after locating
here, they had many and unusually severe hardships to endure before gaining
a start, but both are now in a prosperous condition and greatly attached
to the country in which they live.
Marcus A. Hansen was married to Lena
Hansen on December 27, 1888. Mrs. Hansen though of the same name,
was in no wise related to her husband prior to their marriage, and was
a sister of Hanna L. Hansen, who ten years later became the wife of Mr.
Hansen's brother, James D. She was born in Lolland, Denmark, the
daughter of Hans Jensen, a blacksmith by trade, who served in the war between
Denmark and Germany in 1864, and Anna M. Jensen, both of whom are living
in the old country.
The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Hansen
are: Martin, living with the subject of this sketch; Fred L., in
Denmark; Mrs. Hansen, and Christian, in Denmark. One sister, Anna,
Mrs. Hansen's health failing some years
since, her husband took her to California, but the change was of no avail.
Returning to her home she died June 12, 1903, leaving one daughter, Ida
M., the only issue of her marriage.
Mr. Hansen now owns three hundred and
twenty acres of choice and well-improved grain land where he lives and
a half interest in a forty-acre tract of timber. He has a handsome
nine-room modern house, good outbuildings and first-class water facilities.
He makes a specialty of raising grain.
Mr. Hansen is a devoted member of the Lutheran