S: Our Hansen Family History
FC: Our Hansen Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Roy L Hansen | Grace Johnson | William C Hansen | Gertrude Noble | Warren Johnson | Kristine Bonnesen | Johan M Hansen | Yaxodaget | Kanxi-Tla | Karen Prip | Nis Bonnesen | Mette Hansdatter | Micel Hansen | Roy was a mix of Danish and Tlingit. His father was a Dane, born and raised in Denmark, and his mother was half-blood Tlingit from Yakutat, Alaska.
2: Gertrude Noble A full-blood Kash Ka Kwan Tlingit from Yakutat, Gertrude and her sisters were orphaned young, and Gertie was brought up by her grandmother. She was later sent to the native boarding school in Sitka, where she was given her "white" name. About 1900 she graduated and returned to Yakutat where she married Warren Johnson, a store keeper, and had one daughter, Grace, our grandmother. After Gertie was widowed, she married Gustav Dahlgren, and they had three daughters: Edna, Kate and Helen. Here are photos of the Dahlgrens and two of Gertrude "Gertie" taken at Cape Yakataga where the Dahlgrens lived.
3: William Carl Hansen and Grace Johnson William and Grace were married in Katalla, where they raised their family until they separated and Gertrude moved to Juneau where she then married Ralph Treffers. Grace took some of the children with her to live in Juneau, and the rest remained with their father in Katalla. Our father, Roy, was one of the children who remained in Katalla with their father.
4: William Carl Hansen with his children and wife. Pictures taken as their family grew in Katalla. Roy was their eighth child, so he is probably the baby Grace is holding in the picture on the right.
5: Left: a photo of Roy very young, from Lois, one of Roy's daughters. Middle: Stella and Johnny with Roy in a large bag. Below: Louise with brother Roy. Probably all taken in Katalla around 1927-1929. | Roy Louis Hansen 1926-1989
6: Roy L. Hansen as a young man.
7: In a phone conversation Roy told me about his military service: Roy served in the Army during World War 2 as a technician. He told me that he had his basic training in 18 weeks at Elmendorf in Anchorage before being sent to Seward. He was discharged in 1944. He remembered his serial number: 39952003.
8: Roy and his brothers were fishermen. In the photo on the left, Roy is on the far left, standing by Martin Anderson, for whom he was fishing. On the right: four Hansen boys: Johnny, Edward, Roy and William.
9: Taken in 1946, Roy is in back on the left looking sideways. This photo was taken when a group of fishermen and cannery workers took a day trip to Whittier. Also in this photo are Roy's brothers Edward and William (in back), and sister Louise (in front of Ed and William). Lone is in the middle center. Also here are her friends from the book "Penny in My Shoe" Bill, Angie and Marion. Lone was great friends with the Hansen girls who were known then as "The Mad Hansens." Louise, Mae and Dora all worked on the floating cannery with Lone.
10: Middelfart Denmark | William Carl Hansen was a Dane. So where did he come from? Research found the answer. And relatives there! In 2005, we decided to go there and see it for ourselves! | Algade Street, where William's grandfather had the tall building on the left. The Hansens also had an apartment there. Above: a painting done around 1975. Right: as it appeared in 2005. | Algade Street Where our grandfather William lived as a child.
11: This is the first of the Bonnesen hat stores, where Willliam's father, Johan, had his butcher shop also. William was born in this house January 1868. The butcher shop was in the carriage house. | 2005 | Algade 12 very early photos Pre-1900
12: Bonnesen's second hat store, then and now. A second story was added since they had this building. In the top photo, the store owner, Bonnesen, stands in the doorway. | Algade 39 | 2005
13: This fine, big building was owned by the Bonnesen family and had apartments upstairs where the Bonnesen andHansen families lived. The view on the right shows where there was a large, private courtyard in the back, as was common in Denmark. This was the last known residence of the Hansens in Middelfart. Around 1885-1889, the family moved to Copenhagen where William was a smith's apprentice before taking to the sea on a German ship. | Algade 56
14: These pictures show the Market Place at the beginning of Algade street in 1903 (a few years after William's family left) and then as we saw it in 2005. The first Bonnesen-Hansen building is about halfway down this street on the left. Most likely, the historians told me, William would have walked down to the market square to collect water from the community well there, as kids did back then.
15: St. Nicholas Lutheran Church where William was baptized in April 1868. All the Hansen children were baptized here. | The white angel baptismal font seen in our pictures here was the same one used in 1868 when our grandfather was baptized there.
16: William clearly took after his mother's family. In these photos you can see the resemblance with his grandfather, and even one between his cousin and our father, Roy. | Left: Taken about 1885 in the courtyard of their big building, this was Rasmus and his father Nis Bonnesen with Rasmus' family. Below: William and his family in Katalla about 1928. Roy, far right.
17: Grandpa Bill with most of his grown children: Stella, Edward, Mae, Helen, Roy, Louise, John, and Dora | Grace with four daughters: Mae, Louise, Dora and Stella.
18: Various snapshots of the Hansen children later in life... our aunts and uncles. Above: William with his daughter Louise, taken in Katalla at his cabin in 1946.
19: We are Roy's children. Roy H., Anne, Patti, Sandi, Jackie, Roy L Jr., Dean, Lois, Becky, Todd and Julie Hansen.