Peter Hansen (1863 – 1948) and Maren Christine (Tena) Nielsen (1864 – 1935) emigrated from Sandby and Dannemare, Denmark and first met on the Atlantic aboard the SS Harold in October,1881.  They were married on March 6,1885 in Bureau County, Illinois.  They had four sons and two daughters.  This collection chronicles the family’s experiences as farmers and land owners in Illinois and Iowa from 1882 – 1958.  The collection paints a vivid picture of farm life during this time with documents depicting all aspects of farm operation.  Of particular interest are letters and diaries from four prolific writers:  Nielsine Hansen, Erna Hansen Stroud, Blanche Hansen Nelsen and Alfred Hansen.

Maren Christine Nielsen Hansen, age 17, 1881 The Peter Hansen Family circa 1906.  Front row l-r:  Maren Christine Hansen, Alfred Hansen, Peter Hansen.  Back row l-r:  Erna Hansen Stroud, Raymond Hansen, Joseph Hansen,  Arthur Hansen, and Blanche Hansen Nelsen.