Thursday, December 27, 2007
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Back left to Front right (Mads is missing in this picture)
Mads (not there), Jens, Thora, George Lena, Emma, Maurice, Dora, Walter, and Irene.
"Dorothea worked as a midwife around the island. She always had time to help when a new grandchild was coming or when anyone needed help, she was there. She was a great person and loved by everyone."
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Mads Hansen was born 6/14/1849 in Norway and died 4/27/1907 on Washington Island, WI. His father was Hans and his mother was Kristen. Their home was near Arendal, Norway. Mads and his brother arrived in New York in June 1876 and settled on Rock Island, WI. Mads became a US citizen in 1898.
Mads' wife, Antoni Dorothea Jacobson was born 2/28/1857 in Larvig, Norway and died 6/14/1936. She was 16 when her family immigrated to America and settled on Rock Island, WI.
Mad's and Dorothea were married in the Moravian Church in Ephraim in Door County, WI 9/18/1877. They bought land in Jackson Harbor on the Island, which they had to clear. They had 10 children, 5 girls and 5 boys, Alfred (Dorothy's dad being the oldest).
Mad's died at age 58 of a heart attack while working on the farm. Dorothea bought a nice home in Washington Harbor on the Island and continued her work as a midwife.
Dorothy helped pay her college tuition by selling religious books during the summer in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. She would strike out by herself in rural areas and stay with whichever farm house she ended up at. This was truly a different age.
This picture was taken during her 2nd year of summer sales. This picture was taken at the "Laursen farm" in Luck, Wisconsin.