Note: I posted the full news item from Yahoo under the HANSEN forum. I thought this would be of interest to those looking up surnames in MINNESOTA. ___________________________________________________________
Cora Hansen, considered Canada's oldest person, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the age of 113 in a Medicine Hat, Alta., nursing home, Postmedia News reported.
She was born when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, she was a teenager during the First World War, and a senior citizen when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
"When you consider the things that happened in the course of her life, quite literally, it went from horse and buggy to space travel," Hansen's grandson Jim MacArthur told the Calgary AB Herald.
Cora Hansen was a prairie pioneer. Born in Minnesota, she came to Canada with her family in 1912. Her journey included a two-day wagon ride with her mother and sister to reconnect with the men of the family who'd gone ahead to set up their homestead near Jenner, Alta., where she lived with her husband, Richard, until 1972. ___________________________________________________________
Perhaps this will connect with anyone who has info about Richard Hansen in Minnesota before 1912, or about Cora's mother or sister (no info in news item about their maiden or family names).