I’m researching my Hans family history and looking for anything in print that references Fred M. “Lone Star” Hans. Dozens of newspaper article have been published about his career after 1900 but I am hoping that someone can find something locally in Crawford or Dawes Co that verifies or correlates with the article quoted below.
According to a article dated October 24, 1903 in the Lincoln Evening News (Nebraska)— “ –Fred M. Hans is well known all over Nebraska. For about ten years he has been a spotter and detective for the Fremont & Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railroad. He first homesteaded in Dawes County near Crawford (in 1884). He deserted his first wife there (about 1900) and she and her children were thrown on the charity of the town. He at that time was engaged in informing against settlers who cut timber on government land.”
The info below is for your reference. If you find anything while searching for Mrs. Nancy Hans or her abandonment, please let me know—
Fred lived in Crawford in Dec of 1890 at the time of the Battle of Wounded Knee and which he participated in. He had been a scout for the Army since 1876. About 1900 Fred moved to Omaha and continued to work as a detective for the railroad. Fred’s father, Fred Henry Hans is buried in the Crawford city cemetery -1889. Fred senior also had a adjoining homestead on Spring Creek. It is unknown to me how many acres or the exact location, or value of either properties or who acquired the land. Are there any plot maps or wills or deeds, church or tax records available for either Hans ? It is known that Fred (Jr., at least) “proved” prior to 1890.
Fred’s 1st wife was Nancy Elvira (Daniels) Hans. She remarried and moved to state of Washington about 1902. It is unknown what happened to her children during and after the abandonment in Crawford but apparently Fred got his children back as evidenced by my transcription of the 1900 census, following--
There is no 1890 census records, unless there are “reconstituted” census for 1890 ? Are there any "state" or "special" census for Dawes or other counties in NE ?
--1900 census records of Douglas Co, Nebraska, Omaha City, HH # 27, Seward St, (2 June) -- Hans, Fred M. head White, Male, born July 12 1862, divorced, born in Iowa, father born in Germany, mother born in England, occupation--Railroad agent , Jennie (Mayo) dau Jul 25 1888 age 12 born in Iowa in school , Edith (Rosetta) dau Dec 22 1890 age 10 born in Iowa in school , Montana (Helena) dau May 30 1891 age 9 born in Iowa in school , Caroline (Lillian) dau Sept 6 1894 age 6 born in Iowa in school Hans, Mrs. Mary cousin Aug 26 1879 age 21widowed or div., md 4 yrs, had 2 children, 2 survive but not listed.
any information or referrals are sincerely appreciated