Rasmus Hansen and Karen Hanson Mitlien


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Rasmus Hansen and Karen Hanson Mitlien.


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Rasmus Hansen and Karen Hanson Mitlien were married on April 11, 1874 at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois, although Rasmus was Danish and 17-year-old Karen Norwegian. Rasmus had previously been married twice. His second marriage was to Karen’s older sister, Maria, who died in childbirth.


  • Photograph courtesy of Joe Hansen.


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