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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Peter Hansen (c1856-1931)

Businessman.

Born in Denmark around 1856, he moved to the United States and, for several years, was a commercial traveller based at St. Paul, Minnesota. He came to Manitoba in 1881 and opened a general store at Gretna then, in 1884, moved to Morden where he partnered with Otto Schultz in the firm of Schultz and Hansen. During the Klondike Gold Rush, he went to Yukon in 1898 where he worked as the representative of a wholesale produce merchant and later carried on business on his own behalf. He returned to Manitoba in 1901 and, two years later, was a Conservative candidate for the Rhineland constituency in the 1903 provincial general election. He later moved to Winnipeg where he managed the Ontario Wind Engines and Pump Company. From 1913 to 1918, he was in the Dominion Archives at Ottawa. He moved to California in 1924 then lived with his daughter at Detroit, Michigan as of about 1929. He died at Toronto, Ontario on 20 May 1931 and was buried in the Morden Hillside Cemetery. He was survived by a daughter and four sons.

Sources:

“Henry P. Hansen dies at Toronto at age of 75,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 May 1931, page 3.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 23 May 1931.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2018

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