B F OLSON
B. F. Olson, who is serving as township trustee and assessor of Mission township, has been a resident of Brown county for over thirty years. He was born in Norway and is the son of a farmer. His mother died when he was a little lad, leaving three children: Mrs. Betty C. Anderson, who is now living in Washington township, Brown county; B. F., of this review; and a daughter who died in Norway. The father afterward married a second time and brought his family to the United States, taking up his abode in Wisconsin, where he died when the subject of this review was a lad of eleven years.
Since that time B. F. Olson has depended entirely upon his own resources. Throughout his early years he earned his livelihood by working as a farm hand. He came to Kansas with his stepmother in 187o and later found a home with George Fiechter, a prominent, well-known and successful agriculturist of Brown county, with whom he made his home for some years as a most trusted and faithful employee. When he had acquired sufficient capital he purchased eighty acres of land in Barton county, which property he afterward sold and purchased a farm in Brown county, half a mile south of his present home. This he traded for forty acres of his present farm, to which he afterward added another forty-acre tract. He now owns two hundred acres, two and a half miles south of Baker. His farm is well watered from a pond fed by springs and the place is under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Olson is successfully engaged in general farming and stock raising and is classified among the most prosperous agriculturists of this locality.
In December, 1886, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Olson to Miss Ida Husted, of Robinson township, a native of Iowa and reared in Brown county, Kansas. Her father, Marcus Husted, was a soldier in the civil war who served as a member of the Iowa cavaIry. He died about ten years ago, but his widow is now living in Robinson township, Brown county. Mr. and Mrs. Olson have two children, Carrie and Oscar C.
Mr. Olson is an earnest Populist in his political affiliations and has served his party in various official positions. He was for some years a member of the school board and is now township trustee and assessor, having been elected by a large majority. Socially he is a member of the Modern Woodmen, taking an active part in the work of the camp at Baker. In religious belief he is a Lutheran, having for some years been a member of the church. Although he started out in life for himself at the age of eleven years as a poor orphan boy, he has steadily worked his way upward, overcoming all obstacles and difficulties by earnest purpose and resolute will, arid he has gained a place among the prominent farmers of his adopted county and enjoys the high regard of his fellow men.
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