Anders Hans Ihle emigrated with his family from Norway and worked as a Contractor in the Manawatū region. Ihle was the Foreman of workers installing the tram line between Palmerston North and Foxton, and was also involved with building the first Fitzherbert Bridge. The original family name was Hansen, but was changed to avoid confusion amongst the many families of Hansen.
The Ihle family, Back Row L to R: Adolph; Hilda; Marie; Dina Jorgine; Hans Andersen. Middle Row: Anne Lydia; Anders Hansen Ihle; Martha Marie Ihle; Inga. Front Row: May Josephine; Olivia Tereca; Cicilea Minnie.
Martha was one of approximately 523 Palmerston North women who signed the Suffrage petition, submitted to Parliament in 1893.