"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Hansen, Andrew M. a well known and respected resident of the town of Phelps, whose home is on the east shore of South Twin Lake, is a man who has risen from a humble position in life to one of honor and financial responsibility through foresight, steadiness and persevering industry. He was born in Norway Oct. 1, 1863, son of Abraham and Maren (ANDREA) HANSEN. As a boy he attended the public schools of his native land, subsequently beginning the real work of life as a sea-faring man and being subsequently employed for ten years as a ship's carpenter on vessels sailing the North and Baltic seas and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In the spring of 1887 he gave up that sort of life and located in Chicago, where he followed carpenter work until 1897. He then came to Vilas County and bought a piece of alnd on the west shore of North Twin Lake (sometimes called Big Twin Lake), on which he made a small clearning, the next year selling that property and buying 40 acres on the south shore of South, or Little, Twin Lake. There he built a house for himself and family and cleared and broke about 20 acres of the land. He did some farming there and also followed carpenter work to get money to meet his obligations and support his family while he was putting his land into shape. As a carpenter he helped to build the Lakota Hotel and also the Adams report on the west shore of Big Twin. In 1907 he established the Little Twin Lake Resort of his forty-acre tract, 12 miles east of Eagle River and six miles south of Phelps. This resort, so far as the building are concerned, consists of the main lodge, two frame cottages, one of ten and the other of three rooms, and two log cottages, one of seven and the other of three rooms. Altogether they will accomodate 40 people. After conducting that resort until 1922, Mr. HANSEN sold it to Abel ST. LOUIS and built his present summer resident on the east shore of Little Twin Lake and on County Highway "P", the house facing the lake and standing on a 38-acre tract of land that he bought in 1908. Here he is engaged in farming, carpenter work and the building of high-grade boats to order, besides doing some fine cabinet work on occasion. He has a fine house, cabinet shop and boat shop; also an excellent barn, 32 by 50 feet in size, with the James equipment and Champaign hay box stalls, the barn being provided with running water. His other buildings include a garage and ice-house combined, with concrete floor. Mr. HANSEN also owns lots in Miami, Fla., having bought there in 1922, on which he has built a modern hungalow in Spanish style, and it is there that he and his wife spend their winters. He is also a stockholder in the Phelps State Bank and has served to some extent in public office, as treasurer of the town of Phelps one year and a member and clerk of the school board for a year. Mr. HANSEN was married Dec. 1, 1888 to Lizzie CHRISTINE, a native of Norway, and he and his wife have been the parents of five children, Betsy, Constance, Albert, Myrtle and Mildred. Betsy was born in Chicago and in the fall of the same year accompanied her parents to Norway where they went on a visit. She was taken sick on the vessel and died in Norway at the age of 13 months. Constance, who was born in Norway, is a milliner and dressmaker and resides at home. Albert, born in Chicago, married Adeline HANSEN and they went to Miami, Fla., where they remained two years, at the end of which time she died, leaving a daughter Margaret. In 1921 he returned to Phelps, married Ruth BALK and built a residence on land given to him by his father and next to the latter's estate. He is a carpenter by occupation, and in addition to his first child has a daughter, Bertha, by his second wife. Myrtle, born in Chicago, and Mildred, born in the town of Phelps, Vilas County, are both residing with their parents, the former being a stenographer.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 621; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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