A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
EDWARD ALBERT HANSKE, past president of the Jackson County Medical Society, is a resident of Bellevue, and that community has known him in the capacity of a skilled and experienced physician and surgeon for nearly thirty years.
Bellevue is his native town. He was born there July 4, 1872, son of Frank
and Mary (Hassig) Hanske. His father was born in Baden and his mother in
Saxony, Germany, and were brought to America when children. After their marriage, at Galena, Illinois, they moved across the river to Believue, Iowa, where the father was in business as a general merchant. Frank Hanske died in 1880, at the age of forty-two. He was survived by his widow until 1926. They had a family of four sons and one daughter: William J., Frank F., Lee, Bertha and Edward Albert.
Edward Albert Haske was eight years of age when his father died. As a boy he
was under the necessity of providing at least in part for his own living,
and he achieved the goal of his ambition not without overcoming many obstacles
in the way. In 1891 he was graduated from the Bellevue High School. After a
course in the School of Pharmacy in the Highland Park College at Des Moines
he returned to Bellevue in 1895 and for two years had charge of the drug
business of Ahlers & Son. In 1897 he entered the Medical College at Louisville,
Kentucky, was graduated M. D. in 1901, and in March of the same year returned
to his home town qualified for the practice of medicine and surgery. Doctor
Hanske has measured up to the ideals of a very capable doctor. The
opportunities of his own experience have been supplemented by post-graduate work.
He attended Harvard Medical College at Boston in 1907 and the Johns Hopkins
University College of Medicine at Baltimore in 1912. Doctor Hanske is a member
of the Iowa state and American Medical Associations, and during the World war
was chairman of the local Red Cross Chapter. He is a Presbyterian, a Republican, and his Masonic affiliations are with Bellevue Lodge No. 51, A. F. and A. M., Bath Kol Chapter No. 94, Royal Arch Masons, at Maquoketa, Tancred
Commandery No. 40, Knights Templar, at Maquoketa, and Kaaba Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Davenport.
Doctor Hanske married, November 23, 1910, Miss Anna Fetzner. Her parents,
Valentine and Elizabeth (Roster) Fetzner, formerly lived at Brownsville, Minnesota, and later at Bellevue, Iowa. Doctor and Mrs. Hanske have one son, Edward A., Jr., born December 16, 1922.
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