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Crawford County Michigan

Business Hanson

Grayling, MI (Salling, Hanson & Company Lumber) (1908)-
Contributed by Paul Petosky

The Salling, Hanson and Company lumber firm dominated the early economic life of Grayling, Michigan, and contributed greatly to the growth of the settlement. Salling, Hanson and Company was founded in 1878 by three Danish immigrants, Rasmus Hanson, Nels Michelson, and Ernest N. Salling. During nearly 50 years of operation, this company was a leading harvester of Michigan white pine. The business records of Salling, Hanson and Company represent a later stage of Michigan's lumbering industry. Although the company continued some operations until 1927, its most active phase of lumbering ended around 1912.

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Born in Vester Kipping, Falster, Denmark, Mr. Rasmus Hanson emigrated to the U.S. in 1865, first going to Racine, Wisconsin, then Manistee. It was there he married his wife, Margrethe, in 1867. They had 3 sons and 2 daughters. Working his way up, Mr. Hanson became successful in the lumbering industry. In 1878, the Hansons moved to Grayling so Mr. Hanson could get logs from the forests to the Manistee River. He was generous to his community, donating land in 1913 for what is today's Camp Grayling, a Michigan National Guard base, in which guard and reserve units of the other branches of the Armed Forces can train. Mr. Hanson also made possible Mercy Hospital in Grayling. His religious affiliation is the Danish Lutheran Church.

R. Hanson Lumber Company, Grayling, MI (1914) - Contributed by Paul Petosky

Grayling MI - R. Hanson & Sons Lumber Co 1910 - Contributed by Paul Petosky



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