Clifford (1900 - 1936)
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Surnames: Hanson, Hagen, keller, Gilkey, Kling, Birkland
----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 16 July 1936
Hanson, Clifford (6 May 1900 - 8? July 1936)
Clifford Hanson, born May 9, 1900, aged 36 years, was the victim of a woodshed fire of unknown origin at his father’s home at Whitehall, Wis., last week Wednesday afternoon about 2:15 o’clock.
Clifford has been in a wheelchair for a number of years, due to the fact; he had infantile paralysis at the age of four. He was a fine fellow, always cheerful and satisified. His relatives, his father, and his sister, Mrs. Hilmer Hagen, with whom he lived, did everything to make life pleasant for him. He had his daily paper, magazines and radio, he also did fine hand work and crocheting to pass away the time.
His tragic death was a severe blow to his devoted father, Henry Hanson, who was badly burned on both arms and about the face in his effort to save his son’s life. However, the fire was beyond control at the time it was discovered, so nothing could be done to save him. Clifford’s mother passed away twelve years ago; a sister, Pearl, died at the age of three, thirty years ago.
He is survived by his brother, Chester Hanson, of Wheaton, Ill., the foreman of the Wheaton daily paper; his four sisters, Mrs. Wm. Keller of Neillsville; Mrs. Bradley Gilkey, of Wheaton; Mrs. Hilbert Kling of Augusta, and Mrs. Hilmer Hagen at home and his father, Henry Hanson, also five nephews and one niece, besides a host of friends.
The ladies of the neighborhood and the S. A. F. lodge served a fine supper at five o’clock in the Legion rooms fro the relatives and their immediate friends after the funeral services.
The funeral was held at the Rhode Funeral Chapel with interment in the Lincoln Cemetery in Town. Rev. Birkland of the Norwegian Lutheran Church officiating. All of his relatives attended his funeral, except his father, who was too weak from his burns and shock, he was not able to attend and Mrs. Keller, who took care of her father at that time.
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