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Hans Espeland and family

March 16, 2014

Hans Espeland (1888) – Section 23, B5N R2W  – Brownsville BC.

Hans Espeland was 26 years old in 1888 and his wife Olga 24,  when they took up Section 23, Brownsville.  They brought along an infant son Charles, born in Norway.

As of 1901 the Espeland family had grown to number seven children.

“I repaired an old house the first week in Nov. 1888,” Hans stated.
Hans Espeland mapThe house they remodelled was of larger than average size,  14 by 32 feet.
After the first couple of years they had 3 acres cleared and under the plough, a further half acre cleared and another three acres slashed.
In addition to the house, they had built a chicken house and a pig pen.  They had kept as many as 6 pigs.
A barn 24 x 18 and stables 25 feet by 10 provided accommodation for 2 horses, a cow and a calf.
An orchard contained 53 fruit trees (apple) and 50 berry bushes.
Protecting the crops were 22 rods of picket fencing and 100 rods rail fence.
Unlike most of his single neighbors, Hans Espeland did not leave the homestead for any length of time.
Vouching for Hans Espeland in his homestead application were WC Bournes and Anton Klavanes.
In 1892 Hans Espeland and Olai Espeland (relation unknown)  mistakenly signed a petition with regard to the infamous Surrey debentures matter.

The Espeland children attended Brownsville school.  Norwegian-born Charles Espeland made the Honor Roll in 1894 and 1895.   Hans Espeland was elected to the  Board of Trustees of Brownsville School District in 1900, 1901 and 1902.

Hans and Olga Espeland moved to Bellingham WA after selling off the property, with some of the children remaining in British Columbia.

Olga Espeland, born July 28, 1864, died at Bellingham in 1943. Hans Espeland, born in Norway October 25, 1862, son of Andres Espeland, lived until 90 years of age, passing away at Bellingham in 1953.

Olai Espeland, who was also a pioneer at Brownsville, but of unknown relation to Hans Espeland, acquired some of the property of Nils Sandell, which he sold on to Japanese settlers.

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