Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Forest Glen, at Aptos, in Santa Cruz county, under the local management of the genial and accommodating Norman Hansen, a native San Franciscan, is one of those delightful spots on this beautiful earth that to know is to admire and love. Mr. Hansen was born July 28, 1899, the son of Peter and Ellen (Jensen) Hansen, who removed to Aptos after the San Francisco earthquake and fire, so that he attended the public schools there. He also went to Watsonville for high school advantages. Having a good time during his school days he has become an enthusiastic advocate of the old-fashioned custom of occasionally "taking a day off," and thereby getting back to boyish recreation and delights, but he improved his opportunities and prepared for the tussle with the world ahead of him.

Once taking up the serious problems of life, Norman Hansen became secretary for Leavitt & Company, San Francisco, agents for the Oldsmobile, where he remained for two years; and then, for another two years, he was with the Overland Auto Company. At the early age of nineteen, however, he joined the United States army for service in the World war, but he was taken sick with pneumonia and had to leave the service. He had done what he could, however, in defense of country, national honor and democracy, and he turned back to the paths of peace with a clear conscience and a calm mind.

Mr. Hansen returned to Aptos and soon afterward contracted to take charge of Forest Glen, a charming retreat in Trout Gulch, where cabins are built for summer homes. Under his management this resort has given more and more satisfaction to all who visit the place. He is president of the alumni of the Aptos grammar school and is a Master Mason. He is fond of hunting and fishing when in need of stimulating diversion.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.