The history of Hanston begins back in the 1880s with a little country store, owned and operated by August Heimer, in a soddy. The store was located two and one half miles north from the present site of Hanston. Later Heimer moved his store farther south because there was a rumor that a railroad was being planned to come through Hodgeman County near the Buckner Creek.
The railroad was built later on land given to the railroad by a family named Hann. Because of the land donation, the town was named Hanston, but there were other early settlers who fought the town's name. Because of the fight over the name for the town, the railroad named its station, Olney. This dual named town of several hundred population went merrily on its way making history.
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