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Otto Hansen, a railroad contractor whose business activity has also included considerable irrigation work, has his offices in the Paulsen building in Spokane although his operations in construction work call him into various localities. Careful consideration of the facts indicate that the Teutonic race has constituted an important element in the upbuilding of the northwest. Of this Mr. Hansen is a representative. He was born in Holstein, Germany, June 3, 1868, and is a son of Detlef and Mathilde Hansen. The father was a farmer and once visited America, making the trip in 1893. It was seven years before this year that Otto Hansen came to the new world. He had been educated in the public schools of the fatherland and on crossing the Atlantic to America settled in St. Paul, where he made his initial step in business circles as a clerk in a general mercantile store. Thus he was employed for four years, after which he resigned his position and entered the service of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, going to Tacoma, where he remained for ten years in the engineering department. He was engineer of maintenance between Ellensburg and Portland, called the Pacific division, and remained with the railroad company until 1900, when he resigned to engage in railroad contract work on his own account. His labors in this connection have since been of an important character, his patronage steadily growing until his business interests have assumed large and profitable proportions. He made his headquarters at Kennewick, Washington, for about three years and then came to Spokane in 1907. He has also done considerable irrigation work, taking important contracts of that character.
On the 6th of November, 1899, Mr. Hansen was united in marriage to Catherine Anne Reese, a daughter of Reese J. and Anne Reese, of Tacoma, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Hansen have two children, Reese Detlef and Catherine Mathilde. Mr. Hansen belongs to the Spokane Club and to the Spokane Amateur Athletic Club. His residence in America now covers a period of over twenty-five years and he feels that he has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found the opportunities which he sought, and by determination and energy has steadily advanced in business until the extent and importance of his operations have placed him in a creditable position in business circles.
History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County Washington 1912