Louis Hanson and Kathlene Wilmart were married in St. Huberts Catholic Church on February 15, 1947, after which they made their home on a farm in Sydney Township, west of Montpelier, North Dakota.
Louis was born on a farm in Jud, North Dakota, receiving his education in that area. He volunteered for the U.S. Army on April 25, 1941, serving four years in the Asian-Pacific Theater during World War II.
He began working for Northern Prairie Research Center in 1966, and was employed there in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.
Kathlene Wilmart Hanson graduated from St. John's Academy, Jamestown College, and post-graduate studies from North Dakota State University in Special Education. She taught school in Winfield, Ypsilanti, Montpelier, Sydney, Eldridge, and Rose townships, as well as for six years at St. John's Academy. In 1982, she was a pre-vocational instructor at the Anne Carlson School in Jamestown.
Louis and Kathlene Hanson's children were Robert E. Hanson and Diana Lynn Hanson. Another child, William Louis Hanson, died in infancy.