Hannah Okeson, 1907

Hannah Theodora Ecklund
1888 - 1962

BORN: 19 Mar 1888
         Clitheral, Minnesota
         Henning, Minnesota
DIED: 04 Jan 1962
         Eugene, Oregon

Hannah was the third of nine children born to John and Sophie Ecklund.

At the age of 13, Hannah went to work on the farm of Ola Okeson near Henning, Minnesota. Ola liked Hannah and tried to interest her in his favorite son Nels, hoping she would become a permanent part of the family. But Hannah fell in love with Ola's younger son, August instead. Hannah and August married when she was 17 and August was 27. Three years later their first child, Clarence, was born. Three weeks after that, August and Hannah moved to Minnewakin, Minnesota where the Andrews Grain Company hired August to run one of their grain elevators.

The new family was soon transfered to Turtle Lake, North Dakota. August bought a small farm outside of town where he and Hannah raised their three children: Clarence, Virgie and James.

Okeson Family, 1932
The Okeson Family
Abt 1932
back row: James, Virgie and Clarence
front row: August and Hannah

The Great Depression eventually drove the Andrews Grain Company into insolvency, leaving August without a job. Fortunately he had saved enough to retire. He and Hannah (plus two of their three grown children) moved to Springfield, Oregon in the summer of 1936, leaving the day after Clarence's son Gyman was baptized in Parshall, North Dakota.

August died in 1951 and Hannah died ten years later of a heart attack on January 4th, 1962. She was 73 years old. She was buried next to her husband in the Ecklund Family Plot at the Creswell Pioneer Cemetery in Creswell, Oregon.

View the Okeson Family Photoalbum, 1930-1962

HUSBAND of Hannah Theadora Ecklund:
    August OKESON

PARENTS of Hannah Theadora Ecklund:
    John ECKLUND

    Sophie Christine ANDERSON

CHILDREN of Hannah Theadora Ecklund:
   1. Clarence Wilford OKESON

   2. Virgie Adeline (WOODWORTH)
   3. James Burnett OKESON


  The Family History As I Heard It, by Nora Fayme Okeson
  Eklund Family, by Esther Rowley
  Stories My Mother Told Me, by Sophie Ecklund (as told to her daughter Olga)
  1900 U.S. Federal Census for Nidares MN
  1910 U.S. Federal Census for Lake Williams ND
  1915 North Dakota State Census
  1930 U.S. Federal Census for Lake Williams ND
  Obituary: Eugene Register-Guard, 14 Jan 1962 Pg 2C
  Correspondence with Marne Evans