Life History of Johannes Hansen
Contributor: Ted L Jensen Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago
Johannes Hansen was born April 5, 1849, in Understed (Sonder Vangenin), Hjorring, Denmark. His parents were Hans Hansen (born 1811) and Karen Marie Christensen (born 1810). He married Else Marie Poulsen on November 26, 1876.
Else Marie Poulsen was born January 14, 1851, in Svenstrup, Aalborg, Denmark. She was sealed to Morten Larsen (born 1815) and Karen Marie Poulsen.
There were five daughters born in the family. The first three daughters were born in Oster Sundrup, Aalborg, Denmark as follows: Hansine Caroline born 10 April 1878, Martine Marie born 9 October 1881, and Wilhelmine Christine born 24 March 1883. The last two daughters were born in Central, Sevier, Utah, as follows: Emma Johanna born 19 June 1891 and Mary Elizabeth born 9 May 1894.
Sometime between the years of 1883 and 1891 the family of five emigrated to the United States and settled in Central, Utah -- a place called Little Denmark because of the many Danish people and families who settled there.
The family was sealed in the temple on November 13, 1895. When the youngest daughter Mary was only seven months old, their mother Else Marie died on January 4, 1895. Else Marie had dropsy (water in her body system), and her feet would swell up. The doctors would tap her feet (make holes in the bottom of her feet) to let the water out so the swelling would go down in her feet. The two younger daughters were only four years old and seven months old, so they do not remember much about their mother. Else Marie was buried in Central, Sevier, Utah.
Johannes remarried Eline Hendrickson on November 14, 1895. He married a mother for his five girls. Two brothers were born to this union. John Henry was born 15 October 1896 in Central, Sevier, Utah. Anton Albert was born 10 December 1900, in Central, Sevier, Utah.
On December 14, 1906, Johannes was on Main Street in Richfield on his way home. He had been to Sigurd, Utah, because he hauled milk to the creamery in Sigurd. He had a big high seat on the wagon in which he hauled the milk cans. The wagon had two rows of cans, and he had his seat elevated high enough so that he could see over them. He carried a little short stick with a strap on it to hurry along the horses. He reached over to tap one of the horses, but the dashboard was slick, and his feet slipped. He fell in behind the horses, and one of the horses kicked him in the back of the head which crushed his skull.
He was carried into the doctor's office because it was so close. The accident happened directly in front of his office. The doctors stated that they did not think that Johannes knew what happened. He left home perfectly well in the morning, so it was a blow to all of the family to lose him. He was about 60 years of age. Emma just lived for her father, and all the daughters just idolized him.
Johannes Hansen left behind a wonderful posterity. He had five beautiful daughters with his first wife Else Marie Poulsen. But he had seven children all together with both wives. He had many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and by now great great grandchildren.
The Early Life of Emma Johanna Hansen
Contributor: Ted L Jensen Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago
Emma Johanna Hansen was born 19 June 1891 in Central, Sevier County, Utah. She was the fourth daughter of Johannes Hansen and Elsie Marie Poulsen. At the time of her birth, Benjamin Harrison was the President of the United States with Levi P. Morton as the Vice President. The cost of bread was $0.02 a loaf, milk $0.17 a gallon, a house $5,500, and the average income was $650 a year.
There were five daughters in the family. The oldest three were born in Oster Sundrup, Aalborg, Denmark. Emma was the first one born in Utah in America.
Emma was blessed in 1891 and sealed in the temple to her parents on 13 November 1895. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 13 August 1899 in the Sevier River by N. C. Sorensen in Central, Sevier County, Utah. She was confirmed the same day by Jens C. Christensen. Emma was scared when she stepped into the water. She said, "I was very scared but I couldn't tell them my name. Brother Sorensen had to get my name from someone on the bank of the river."
When Emma's youngest sister Mary was only seven months old, their mother Elsie Marie died on the 4 January 1895. Elsie Marie had dropsey (water in her body system), and her feet would swell up. The doctors would tap her feet (make holes in the bottom of her feet) to let the water out of her feet so the swelling would go down. This impressed Emma, but this is about the only thing she remembers about her mother.
Emma attended school in Central, Utah. At that time, two to three grades met in one room. She was in the 7th grade when her father was killed. She loved her father very much, and it was such a shock to her when she and her family lost him. He died on Main Street in Richfield, Utah, on his way home from a milk run. He fell beneath the wheels of the wagon and his head was crushed.
His daughters hauled hay, cleaned the stable, and put fresh straw in the stalls because he was so fussy with his horses. When he died, that was the last straw for Emma, and she had a nervous breakdown.
After her father's death, Emma moved to Gunnison to finish the 7th grade. She started 8th grade in Gunnison, but she only attended for two weeks as her oldest sister got sick. Emma traveled to Park City to live with her sister Stina (Wilhelmina Christina) to help take care of her. She did not get back to school after that, but she liked school very much. She could outspell most of the other students. Since her stepmother Eline Hendricksen had a daughter about Emma's age, she was not needed at home. She lived out with other people in the community in Gunnison and worked for them.
Emma lived with her sister Stena in Christianburg where the family later lived until she was about the age of nine. She used to have to milk and herd cows. She was so scared because of the hobos along the railroad tracks. When she would see them, she would leave the cows and run home, and the family she was working for would get after her. For quite a while one winter, Emma and another girl took care of and milked 19 cows, separated the milk, and fed the calves before they went to school each day. The girls were never late for school either.
Emma stated that her life had not always been a pleasure. She felt that she had never been young. She used to make bread on the floor on her knees because she was too short and could not reach the table. At this time, she was working for a family in Richfield, Utah. At the age of 15, she went to Park City too live with her Aunt Lena because Lena had inflammatory rheumatism and was on crutches. Emma went with her every day to see the doctor. She would help her on and off the street cars in Salt Lake City, Utah. Then her sister Marie came up and stayed with Lena. Emma also worked a little while for people in Park City. Then she returned to Gunnison and worked for a family with eight children. She worked around Gunnison until she married.
Between the ages of 16 and 17, she worked for a lady here in Gunnison. The lady has lost her husband and never had had any children. No one on her side of the family was able to go to help her. Emma felt sorry for her because she knew what it meant to be alone. She told her sister that she would go up and stay with her. Emma cooked, cleaned, washed, ironed, etc. for her. While she was there, Emma could have one piece of meat per day and one cup of coffee (she drank coffee in those days). She stayed with her for three weeks. When Emma left, the lady gave her a quarter for all of her help. Emma was disappointed and would have given the quarter back, but she knew that the lady would have taken it. It was not easy to live in those days. Emma received mostly room and board for her work for people in the community, but very little wages.