Olson Adolph C.
Olson Adolph Mrs.
Olson Albert Mrs.
Olson Anette Mrs.
Olson Anna Bendicte
Olson Barbara Augusta
Olson Bertha Mrs.
Olson Betsy A.
Olson Borre Mrs.
Olson Brede B.
Olson Charles Mrs.
Olson Christena Mrs.
Olson Christian M.
Olson Edger O.
Olson Emil Mrs.
Olson Emilie Miss
Olson Erick P. Mrs.
Olson Ever A. M.D.
Olson George Honorable
Olson Gertrude Mrs.
Olson Gullick Mrs.
Olson Harry Mrs.
Olson Ida Mrs.
Olson Ingeborg Mrs.
Olson Ingeborg A. Mrs.
Olson Ingri Mrs.
BREDE B. OLSON: (TOTEN)
"Funeral services for Brede B. Olson, local business man who passed away at his home here September 20, were held at Our Saviour's Lutheran church here and at the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls with the Rev. O. G. Birkeland in charge at Whitehall and the Rev. E.B. Christophersen in charge at Pigeon Falls Friday.
Mr. Olson was born in Toten, Norway, on November 15, 1858, and in the summer of 1871, when he was three years of age, the family came to America and homesteaded the farm in Moe coulee, now known as Daggett coulee, which is owned by Benard Olson, the eldest son of the deceased. Her Mr. Olson was married on October 1, 1891 to Helene Augusta Christianson and the family continued to live here until 1915 when Mr. and Mrs. Olson and their youngest chidren moved to a farm near Coral City which he purchased from the late Peter Simonson and which is now owned by his son Melvin, leaving the older members of the family to operate the homestead farm.
In the spring of 1920, Mr. Olson purchased from Lars Lyngdahl the hotel property in the village of Whitehall, which the family still occupies. Here he conducted a farm implement business up to the time of his death and also for a time operated a hotel.
Mr. Olson is survived by his wife and ten children: Benard, on the homestead farm; Thea, Mrs. Alfred Heideman of Eau Claire; Marie, Mars. Arthur M. Hendrickson, Borst Valley; Bendick, Whitehall; Helga, Mrs. Carl O. Hanson, Winona, Melvin, on the farm at Coral City; Harold, Whitehall; Anne and Nora at home, and Miss Esther at Alma Center. He also leaves one sister, Mr. B.P. Moe of Fitch coulee, and three brothers, Martin of Osseo and Ole Foss and Thoeodore Olson of Whitehall. Mr. Olson also had 17 grandchildren,.
Pall bearers at the funeral were the four sons, Benard, Bendrick, Melvin and Harold, and four grandsons, Leo Hendrickson, Gaylord and Myron Hanson and Omer Olson, carried flowers. Special music at the Whitehall service was rendered by Lawrence Thomley, baritone, and Mrs. Carl Jahr, soprano, who sang solos. At Pigeon Falls the Beef River Quartette, which is composed of Reuben and Hilmar Olson, nephews of Mr. Olson and Edwin and Lester Thomley, sang a group of selections. Burial was made in the Synod Lutheran cemetery at Pigeon Falls. Business was suspended in Whitehall during the service.
For many years B.B. Olson was prominent and successful farmer in the town of Pigeon and since 1920 he had been identified in business circles in the village of Whitehall. He developed his farm machinery business and served a trade over a large area. During the years that he was a resident of this village, he was always willing to do his part to promote the interest of the community, and his associations with his fellowmen were such that he won the respect and confidence of all. In his home he was a kind thoughtful and affectionate husband and father, and his departure from this life is keenly felt by his surviving relatives and friends. Mr. Olson did not attain an advanced age, but he led a life of remarkable activity. He will be greatly missed in the business affairs of this village. A memorial fund was give to Mrs. Olson from local businessmen as a token of their sympathy." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - September 29, 1932
MRS. ADOLPH OLSON: (VALDERS)
"Funeral services for Mrs. Adolph Olson, 67, who died at the Whitehall Community hospital about 12:30 a.m. January 8, where she had been a patient 5 1/2 months, were held at Our Saviour's Lutheran church, January 12, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the Senior choir sang three numbers, "O tank naar en gang samles skal," a hymn which her father had loved and which she requested for her funeral service. "Den Store Hvide Flok" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Pall bearers were August Nyberg, Henry Aleckson, Adolph Gilbertson, Abert Hill, August Knudtson and J.E. Rhode. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery.
As Randa Gunderson, Mrs. Olson was born March 3, 1883, in Valders, Norway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gunder Gunderson. In the spring of 1902 she left her homeland and came to America, arriving May 9 at the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Gilbertson of Arcadia. On May 4, 1912, she was united in marriage to Adolph Olson of Newcomb valley by the Rev. Gulbransen, the cememony being performed at the Zion Lutheran personage at Blair.
After farming for several years near the Fagernes church and later on the present Edwin Estenson farm in Irvin coulee, the couple moved to Whitehall. In 1927 they built their present home in the south part of Whitehall.
In the fall of 1947 Mrs. Olson became ill and underwent an operation, but in spite of the bet of care of nurses and doctors her health could not be restored. Her chief aim after learning she would not be well again was to prepare herself for leaving this sinful world and entering into her eternal home.
Besides her bereaved husband she is survived by one brother, Olaf Gunderson of Eau Claire, besides nieces and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers.
She was a faithful member of her church, Ladies Aid and Mission Circle. Blessed be her memory." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - January 25, 1951
MRS. INGRI OLSON: (VALDRES)
"Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Rhode Chapel and at Our Saviour's Lutheran church for Mrs. Ingri Olson, 80, who died at her home in this city at 2:30 Friday afternoh services. Mr. and Mrs. Hatlem sang "Saved by Grace" at the house and Mrs. Carl Johnson snag "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" and Mrs. Hatlem sang "In the Garden" at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Many memorial gifts were given by relatives, neighbors and friends to the local congreation and to the work of the Kingdom.
The pall bearers were Milan Elland, Ole Storley, Hans Melby, Thomas Toraason, George Knutson and Fred Anderegg. The following carried flowers: Myrtle Knutson, LaVonne Hoganson, Jean Skogstad, Etheleen and Anne Thurston.
Mrs. Elmer Thurston was born Ella Johanna Tormoen in Sweden September 17, 1881. Her parents were Martha and Erick Tormoen. At the age of seven she came with her parents to America where they settled at Minneapolis, Minn. After residing there a year they moved to Trempealeau Valley, where she lived with her parents until her marriage to Elmer Thurston June 22, 1898.
To this union were born ten children of whom nine are living, one child, Marlene Rosella, died in infancy.
Survivors are her husband and nine children, namely Mrs. Clifford (Esther) Skogsad, Blair; Truman, Vancouver, Washington; Mrs. Lawrence (Hazel) Hoganson, Blair; Ellsworth, Taylor; Mrs. Grace Nelson, Minnneaplis; Mrs. Stanley (Lilllian O Kirkpatrick, Chino,Calif; Sgt. Eugene, stationed in England; Mrs. Harry (Doris ) Brostrom,Milwaukee, and Donald at home. Other survivers are a brother, Carl, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, one sister Mrs. Carrie Melberg who has been residing at the Thurston home and eleven grandchildren. Truman and Eugene were unable to be home for the funeral." THE BLAIR PRESS - November 4, 1943
ADOLPH OLSON (SOLAR)
With the passing of A.C. Olson, Blair has probably lost a profession - the harness maker. As a harness maker, Mr. Olson worked at his business here 39 years, and was a very vital part of the business life in the community until the decline of the horse-drawn vehicle. Since 1940 Mr. Olson was ailing, having been seriously ill in the winters of 1940 and 1941. Pneumonia again was contracted and death came on Sunday evening, January 10, 1943. Adolph Cornelius Olson Sjelle was born in Solar, Norway March 11, 1871. In 1872 he came to America with his grandparents and soon thereafter he was adopted by Andreas and Martha Sjelle who had no children of their own. He was reared on the Sjelle farm a mile east of the Trempealeau Valley church. Upon attaining maturity, he learned the harness maker trade which he made his profession. He operated a business in Taylor during the turn of the century and in 1903 he established himself in Blair. On November 2, 1904 he was united in marriage with Olava Pederson Kalvadet and they have lived in Blair since that time. To this union were born a daughter, Lillian, who passed away at the age of 4 years, and two sons, Agnus and Lloyd of Blair, who together with their mother survive. There are also eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, January 13 from the Olson home and the Blair First Lutheran church with the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Kind sympathies are extended the bereaved. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 14, 1943
ANNA BENDICTE OLSON (FLEKKEFJORD)
Mrs. Anna Bendicte Olson was born at Midtfjeldsaa, Flekkejord, Norway September 14th, 1835. She emigrated with her husband, Ole Olson, to America in the year 1881. They settled on a farm in Rat Coulee where they both lived until their death. Their home was blessed with three children: Stephen Olson, with whom they lived until their death, Mrs. Ole Lyngen who also lives in Rat Coulee, and a son, Ole, who died in 1902. Matilda Larson, a sister of Mrs. Olson, lives in Norway. Mrs. Olson was afflicted the last few years of her life with rheumatism which made it impossible for her to be about. She was cared for by her son, Stephen, and Thomas Field of Milwaukee. In spite of infirmities, she was always cheerful and patient. The funeral was held on Tuesday from the U.N Lutheran church, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 22, 1919
MRS. ANETTE OLSON (VESTRE AKU)
Mrs. Anette Olson, 84, died at her home in Irvin Coulee, Town of Preston, Saturday, April 15, of bronchial pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Fagernes Lutheran church Tuesday, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. The congregation sang the Norwegian version of “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” and Mr. and Mrs. Rhode sang, “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling.” Pallbearers were Albert Arneson, Ole T. Brekke, Gus Gilbertson, Oliver Hawkinson, Theodore Nelson and Thom Gunderson. Mrs. Odell Hanevold and Miss Viola Gunderson carried flowers. Burial was in the church cemetery. Anette Carlson Olson was born June 15, 1854, in Vestre Aku, Norway, daughter of Carl Anderson and Gertrude Ingebretson. She came to this country in 1888 and married Iver Olson in 1890. One daughter was born to them, Constance, who survives her, together with a step-son, Geman Olson of White Earth, North Dakota, four nephews and a brother, Gustav Carlson of New Auburn. Mr. Olson died 37 years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 20, 1939
MRS. ALBERT OLSON (NORWAY?)
The death of Mrs. Albert Olson occurred at their home in this village Thursday afternoon, July 8th, after a protracted illness, aged 28 years, 7 months and 3 days. Deceased leaves besides her husband, a father, sister and brother, respectively as follows: Martin Engen and Mrs. Ole Erickson of Hale and B.M. Engen of Whitehall. Her mother died several years ago. Mrs. Olson’s maiden name was Inga Maria Engen and she came to this country with her parents in 1883. She was married to Albert Olson in November 1899. The funeral services were held at the United Lutheran church last Saturday, Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. The remains were interred in Lincoln cemetery besides that of her mother. The husband and relatives have the sympathy of friends and their affliction. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 15, 1909
AXEL K. OLSEN, M. D. (STAVANGER)
Axel K. Olsen, MD. Of Ettrick, Wisconsin was born in Stavanger, Norway, September 15, 1865, son of Peter and Bertha Elizabeth (Osen) Olsen. The father who was a ship carpenter died of yellow fever in South America in 1873. His wife died in Norway a few years later. Axel Olsen came to the United States in 1886 at the age of 21 years. He attended the high school and college in Norway and in the year 1885 he passed the examen atrium (B.A.) at the University of Christiania, Norway. He went to Vermillion, South Dakota, where he became a student at the State University, taking his degree of Master of Arts in the Class of 1890. He commenced his medical studies at Northwestern Medical College in Chicago, 1892-93, attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1893-94, passed the Illinois State Board examination in 1895. In the winter of 1895-96, Dr. Olsen was intern in the Lutheran hospital at Chicago, and in the following summer began practice in Westby, taking charge of the practice of Dr. J. Schreiner. In the fall he returned to Chicago and entered Rush Medical College, where he took his degree in medicine in 1897. He now located in Baldwin, Wisconsin but after three years there came to Ettrick, where there was then no physician and here he had since resided, having built up a good practice in the village and surrounding territory. He erected a neat and commodious residence in Ettrick in the year 1915. Dr. Olsen was first married in the fall of 1897 to Sarah Brager, who was born in Norway, in which country her father gained his living as a timber expert. He died there and his widow came to the United State locating in Blanchardville, where she subsequently died. Mrs. Sarah Olsen was killed in a runaway accident in 1899, leaving one child, Esther, who died at the age of 8 years. May 29, 1902, the doctor married Miss Inger Brager who was sister of his first wife and was also born in Norway, being about ten years old when she came to America. Three children were born to this marriage: Axel K., Jr., Erna Brager and Borge Halvard. Dr. Olsen was a member of the County, State and American Medical Associations. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He died Sunday, April 8, 1923 following a siege of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home in Ettrick with Rev. Urberg officiating and Rev. Bestul assisting. About 500 were present to pay their last tributes to one whom they admired so much. Nine doctors were present being from LaCrosse, Blair, Galesville and Whitehall. Ettrick and community are mourning over the loss of this highly respected citizen. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 12, 1923
ANVE OLSON (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Anve Olson, a pioneer of Beaver Creek Valley died at his home in Blair Sunday afternoon, April 8,1915. Although weakened by old age and confined to his bed the past two weeks, Mr. Olson’s death came as shock to his family and friends. His children summoned could not reach his bedside until he had passed away. He died of heart failure, old age contributory. The funeral services were held Thursday from the home at 10:30 and from the United Lutheran church at Hegg at 2 o’clock. Rev. A.J. Boe delivered a beautiful sermon on the subject, “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.” Ps. 71, 9. A large number of friends assembled at the church to pay their last tribute to a pioneer and veteran of the Civil War. Anve Olson was born in Eidford, Hardanger, Norway, June 26, 1831. He came to America in 1853 and settled in Dane County, where he lived three years. He then came to Beaver Creek Valley and bought the farm now owned by his son, Cornell, one mile east of Hegg. Shortly after that he migrated to Minnesota and bought a farm in Kandiyohi County; lived there a year, came back to Wisconsin and built a home on his farm here. A few years later he bought the farm now owned by his son, Albert, where, after the close of the war, he built another home and lived there with his family until the fall of 1898 when he moved to Blair where he resided until his death. Before the east was linked to the west by railroads, he took a trip into Oregon and Washington, crossing the mountains in a six-horse mail coach. Not finding the country and climate as congenial as he had expected, he came back to Wisconsin and the following year, 1888 he, together with his son, Cornell, bought the farm known as the “Olson Oregon farm.” In 1895, he, wife and daughter Julia visited the motherland, Norway, to see his aged mother, then 90 years old, and brothers, who were all living there. In the fall of 1897 Mr. Olson met with a serious accident from which he never fully recovered. The following year he retired from active farm work. On November 22, 1860, he was married to Kari Gunderson who survives him. Ten children were born to this union, three of whom are dead. The living are Cornell, Albert and Mrs. Lars Underheim of Hegg; Mrs. Anna Brovold of Ettrick; Mrs. Albert Storley of Taylor; Mrs. Iver Espeland of White Butte, South Dakota; and Theodore, who makes his home with his parents. He leaves twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Other surviving relatives are a brother, Magnus and a sister, Mrs. A. Tweit in Norway. Anve Olson was one of the first settlers in Beaver Creek valley. He helped organize the first congregation and was a member until his death. He was ever willing to share the burdens of life, public and that of the church. He kept an open house, was quiet and unassuming and encouraged his children to take advantage of schools. In his declining years, when his wife was often sick, he would watch over her tenderly and pray that she might live to be his comfort to the end. It was Sunday evening, as the church bells were calling to the house of God, “he passed out into unconsciousness, skirted bye dark shores of the sea of death for a time, and then passed on to be at rest with his maker.” When the Civil War was at a white heat, when fields ran red with human blood, Anve Olson kissed his wife and two little babes goodbye to respond to his country’s call. On September 21, 1864, he enlisted from Trempealeau County and was mustered into the U.S. service at Camp Randall, Madison, October 11, 1864, as a private in Co. E, 32 Regt. Wis. Volunteer infantry, under Capt. Irvin Eckles, to serve one year, or during the war. He served in General Sherman’s army on his march to the sea. He was wounded at Hilton Head, South Carolina, shot through the left arm and side and was placed in the regimental hospital for a month. After recovery he was given a month furlough, after which he returned to his regiment. He was honorably discharged May 19, 1865, the close of the war. He was a member of Charles H. Ford Post, No. 258 Dept. of Wis. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 29, 1915
BETSY A. OLSON (HODELAND)
Betsy A. Olson was born the fist day of April 1858 in Hodeland, Norway. In the year 1869 she came with her parents to this country and settled in Dane County where they lived but for two years, then taking a homestead in the Town of Arcadia, this county, where she remained until her marriage to Andrew Olson in 1878. She and her husband lived on their farm in Newcomb Valley about six miles east of Arcadia since their union and there three children were born: Mrs. August Ringstad and Adolph Olson of Whitehall and Alvin Olson, now at home. Mrs. Olson had been in failing health for some time, having heart trouble with complications. After a week before her death which occurred January 31, her sister, Mrs. Ole A. Knutson of Shell Lake, came to help care for her and was a source of much comfort and happiness during her last few days. The remains were laid to rest in the Fagernes cemetery, February 3, Rev. Bestul officiating at the services. Mrs. Olson leaves to mourn her death her husband, children, the one sister, Mrs. Knutson and four grandchildren, Bennie, Raymond, Bridala and Eldora Ringstad. She was ever a hardworking woman, living a life of true usefulness and will be greatly missed by relatives and many friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 12, 1920
MRS. BERTHA OLSON (STAVANGER)
Mrs. Bertha Olson was born on the Globstad Farm in the district of Stavanger, Norway, August 8, 1861. She was baptized August 25, 1861. The name given her at her christening was Ingeborg Bertia, but her friends always called her Bertha. She was the daughter of Tennes and Anna Torgerson. The parents with their six children immigrated to America in the year 1871. The family lived for a short time in Coon Valley, Wisconsin and later moved to Big Slough, Trempealeau County, where they made their permanent home. The family was saddened not long after their arrival in America by the death of the mother and three of the children in an epidemic of diphtheria. Just half of the family remained to carry on. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by Rev. Stalle Berntson. She was united in marriage to Ole C. Olson at Whitehall June 3, 1880. They lived in various places in Fly Creek and Big Slough until in 1894 the present home in Fly Creek was purchased. The year after the purchase the family united with the Zion Congregation in Blair. Her husband preceded her in death, January 14, 1933 after 53 years of happy married life. Mrs. Olson had suffered for many years with heart trouble. In spite of the best medical attention, her condition gradually grew worse until death came Tuesday evening, Aril 14, 1936. She leaves the following children to mourn the loss of a devoted mother: Carl, Fly Creek; Albert, Duluth, Minnesota; Bennie of Chimney Rock; Mrs. Marie Aam and Mrs. Tillie Sorenson, both of Circle, Montana; Mrs. Emma Thompson, French Creek; Elmer, Kalispell, Montana; Earl of Whitehall; Norma, Iva and Arnold at home. Beside these she had raised her sister’s son, Alfred. Two children preceded her in death, Mrs. Inga Glomstad, November 18, 1912 and Joseph on April 7, 1931. There are 11 grandchildren. Mrs. Olson was an earnest Christian, a faithful worker in the Ladies Aid and church, whose life was adorned with the virtues of humility a, gentleness and kindness. Her presence will be very much missed in the home and community. Funeral services were held at the home in Fly Creek and at the Zion Lutheran church Monday, April 20. Mrs. Elmer Nelson sang two vocal solos. Pallbearers were Carl, Albert, Benny, Elmer, Earl, Norman and Arnold, sons of the deceased. Interment was made beside her husband in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 23, 1936
MRS. BORRE OLSON (RINGSAKER)
Caroline Christenson was born in Ringsaker, Norway February 2, 1855. She was the daughter of Ole and Kari Christenson. The family emigrated to America in 1859. Their first home was in Lewis Valley, LaCrosse County, where they resided about two years. In 1861 the family home was established on a farm four miles south east of Ettrick. In the year 1875 Caroline was united in marriage to Borre Olson at Henning, Minnesota. The newly married couple were engaged in farming four years at Henning and four years near North Bend and then in 1883 the present farm in South Beaver Creek was purchased which has been Mrs. Olson’s home continuously for 55 years. Mrs. Olson has suffered many years from rheumatism. This winter she had been troubled with a weakened heart. Death came quietly to her March 8, 1938 at the ripe age of 83 years, one month and six days. She suffered the loss of her husband and a daughter within one day of each other, the former passed away January 4, 1911 and the latter, Gina (Mrs. John Stromstad) January 5, 1911. A daughter, Julia, and another son, Nickolai, July 3, 1932. The following are left to mourn the loss of a kind and devoted mother: Mina (Mrs. Claus Anderson), Olive (Mrs. Charles Salzwedel), Clara (Mrs. Guy Brennegen), Otto and Josie (Mrs. Aldin Olson) all of whom reside in South Beaver Creek. Here are 30 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. One brother survives, Charley Christenson, who has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Aldin Olson the past four and a half years. A brother John and three sisters, Oline, Chistena and Julia preceded her in death. A toil worn pilgrim has been called to her reward, a loving mother heart has ceased to beat in this world, a cheerful, patient soul has passed on. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. TE. Sweger Friday afternoon at 1:15 at the undertaking parlors in Ettrick and at 2 p.m. at the North Beaver Creek church. K.L. Underheim sang “Jeg ved en vei saa fuld av traengse.” Pallbearers were Lester, Albert, Homer, Irvin, and Norman Anderson and Earl Salzwedel, all grandsons of the deceased. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 17, 1938
MRS. CHARLES OLSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Charles Olson, 61, of Schimmerhorn died at Mt. Washington Sanatorium in Eau Claire Saturday evening, September 9. She had been a patient there over 3 ½ years. Funeral services were held Wednesday September 13, at the home at 1 p.m. and at the Upper Pigeon Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery. As Signe Dahl she was born in Norway September 14, 1882. When she was about 14 years old she came to this country with her parents, stopping first at the Otto Anderson home at Hixton, later settling on a farm in the Northfield area. On June 22, 1906, she was joined in marriage to Charles Olson and the couple settled on a farm in Northfield Township where she resided until her last illness. Survivors, besides her husband are two sons, Arnold Olson of Omaha, Nebraska and Leonard at home and four grandchildren. She also leaves one brother, Tollef Dahl, of Superior and three sisters, Mrs. Fred Williamson of Milltown, Mrs. Tillie Larson of Bremerton, Washington and Mrs. James Pagen of Inglewood, California. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 14, 1944
MRS. EMIL OLSON (VARMLAND, SWEDEN)
Caroline Johnson was born in Vermland, Sweden, on August 27, 1876, the daughter of John Johnson and Carrie Mikkelson. At the age of 19, in the spring of 1895, she came to America with her sister and to Jackson County, Wisconsin. Several of her sisters and brothers, along with her parents, also emigrated to America. On August 31, 1895, she was united in marriage to Emil Olson. They made their home on the farm on which they since lived. To this union were born 13 children, of whom 12 survive. One son, Harold, passed away on May 12, 1927. The remaining children are: Mrs. O.C. Sandberg and Oscar, both of Hoquiam, Washington; Mrs. Oliver Carlson of Minneapolis; Julius, Jouis, Mrs. Matt Anderson, Albert, Mabelle, Signe, Loyd, Lillian and Eoinne, all of Melrose. Mrs. Oscar Sandberg, Oscar and Mrs. Matt Anderson were unable to attend the funeral. She is also survived by four grandchildren. She leaves five sisters and two brothers, namely: Mrs. Johanna Carlson, Mrs. Signe Hanson, Mrs. Axel Johnson, Mrs. Olaf Martinson and Christ Johnson, all of Washington, Mrs. Ole Hanson of Independence, Wisconsin; and August Johnson of Stockholm, Sweden. One sister, four brothers and her parents have preceded her in death. She had been in excellent health until May 1927 when she was confined to the hospital for a short time. In April of this year, she submitted to an operation for gallstones and appendicitis. Shortly after this operation, complications set in, proving fatal, and she died at the Lutheran Hospital, LaCrosse, on July 21, 1928 at the age of 51 years, 10 months and 25 days. Her husband and daughter Mabelle were present at the time of her death. The remains were brought to Melrose by funeral director F.H. Smith. The funeral was held on Monday, July 23 at 12 o’clock at the home and later at the South Beaver Creek church. Rev. N.E. Halvorson officiated. Those acting as pallbearers were: Bernard Ramsey, L.P. Olson, Oluf Erickson, Albert Arneson, Charles Nordstrum and George Berger. Genevieve Hendrickson, Mildred Johnson, Evelyn and Viola Thompson were flower girls. Mrs. Olson was always a devout Christian, a kind and loving mother. She was ever striving to give her best to her church and home and was active in community affairs as well. Her passing is felt by a great host of relatives and friends. Reprinted from the Melrose Chronicle. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - AUGUST 10, 1928
CHRISTIAN M. OLSON (RINGSAKER)
Christian M. Olson, born in Ringsaker, Norway, September 19, 1841, died at Hale, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, February 8, 1926, aged 85 years, 4 months and 19 days. At the age of 18 years, he came to LaCrosse county, this state, where he entered the service of his uncle, Sever Olson, and worked two years to pay his ticket from Norway to LaCrosse. Having paid his debt he began to work for George Smith, a pioneer of our county, living near Galesville. His wages were thirteen dollars a month. Then came Uncle Sam’s call for volunteers to preserve the Union. Olson, then nearly twenty-one, responded by joining Co. C. of the 30th Wisconsin, of which Alex A. Arnold was captain. This was on the 20th of August 1862. On September 4, 1865, he was honorably discharged. Soon after his discharge he was married at Stevenstown, near Holmen, to Caroline Johnson. After marriage, he began farming in the same neighborhood, as a renter. He continued there till he spent all his savings. In 1870 he came to the Town of Hale, this county, and bought up a homestead claim and there he remained until he was carried to his grave. Nine children were born to him and his wife. One little girl died in infancy. The others reached maturity but three of them preceded him in death. The living are Matt R. Olson of Hale, Edward A. Olson of Racine, Henry L. Olson of Hale, Annie Hulberg of Elmwood and Almer B. Olson of Hale. Mrs. Olson died in 1910. His funeral was conducted by the Legion boys of Osseo. Rev. Aune preached the funeral service. Six Legion members carried him to his grave in the old cemetery near his home where so many of his pioneer neighbors sleep. Thus pass one of the most outstanding characters in the northern part of the county. The fact that that he stuck to the place where he first made his home for 57 years might give him some distinction but it was his strong personality which impressed his acquaintances most. He was the type which men instinctively feel can be trusted to meet any danger undaunted, or stand among princes and kings without loss of pose. Though academically unlearned, he had a keen analytical intellect which might have carried him far up the political ladder had it not been for his independent characteristics. The powers that rule the world, socially and politically, are not long for men and women as assistants or servants who chose to walk by the light they have received from their Creator. They want such as will follow the twinkle of their lights. Thus it happens that many of the best of our men and women died in comparative obscurity Physically Mr. Olson was wonderfully favored by nature. Though his stature, in the prime of life, was only 5 foot 6, I have it on the testimony of some of his most reputable comrades in the army that there was none in the regiment that excelled in endurance and very few among the big men that possessed his lifting power. The superb condition of his body is further proven by the fact that he lived till he past 85 years without sickness. He passed through the arduous toils of youth, the hardships of army life, the strenuous work and privations of pioneer days and severe afflictions of his more mature years with a health almost unscathed. Just before Christmas he began to stay in bed part of the day. And as the days went by, he spent more and more hours in bed. Then came a day when he told his folks he would never get up again. But there was no pain, no moaning, no grief. Just the natural inertness of a worn out body. The last three days he began his last sleep which merged so gradually into the sleep of death that the change was scarcely perceptible. Years ago the Grand Army boys marched shoulder to shoulder in platoons, by companies, by regiments, divisions and army corps til the very earth trembled under their tread. Now only a small remnant remains and one by one they are passing away as the final taps are sounded. Silently as flowers fade, droop and die in lonely cells they pass. Conventionally we call them dead, but what there was of good or evil in them has been woven into the great life-web of the human race. “The muffle drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more of life’s parade shall meet The brave and fallen few. On fame’s eternal camping ground Their silent tents are spread And glory guards, with solemn round The bivouac of the dead.” THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 17, 1927
CHARLES OLSON (SOLAR)
Charles Olson, for many years a resident of the Town of Chimney Rock and later Whitehall, died from injures received by being run over by a wagon while threshing near his home at Saco, Montana Monday, August 31. Deceased was born at Solar, Norway, February 22, 1861. In 1865 his parents emigrated to America and settled on land in Chimney Rock. He grew to manhood in that locality and at the age of 24 years was united in marriage to Miss Olivia Hanson. They purchased the farm now owned by Carl Sletten in Chimney Rock where they resided until 1906 when they disposed of the farm home and moved to Whitehall. Mrs. Olson passed away in this village in 1913 and soon after Mr. Olson disposed of his home here and went to Saco, Montana, where he homesteaded a half section of land and purchased an additional 80 acres. He lived alone on the farm. The day of his death he was assisting a neighbor thresh and when climbing onto a load of bundles the standards of the rack broke and he fell backwards onto the horses. The team became frightened and ran away, the loaded wagon passing over his body. He passed away about an hour after the accident happened. Otto Olson of Cochrane, an adopted son, went to Saco and brought the remains back to Chimney Rock, where services were held Sunday, September 5. Burial took place in the church cemetery. No immediate relatives survive. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 10, 1925
MRS. CHRISTENA OLSON (NESS, FLEKKEFJORD)
Christena Nelson was born on the Blendrange farm, Ness Parish, Flekkefjord, Norway, November 15, 1860. She was the daughter of Nils and Inger Nelson. She was christened at home two days after birth and this baptism was confirmed at a church service June 30, 1861. She was confirmed October 10, 1875 with a good record of conduct, application and knowledge. She left Norway early in 1881 and at Blair, Wisconsin on June 22 of that year, she was united in marriage to Elias Olson, a childhood acquaintance who had preceded her to America. Then for 53 years her home was in Lakes Coulee, first in her own and later in that of her son, Oscar. After 19 years of wedded life she was called upon to suffer the great sorrow of parting with her husband who died of pneumonia July 22, 1900. Then the duty of caring for a family of eight children, none of whom were of age, fell upon her shoulders alone. But she met added responsibility in a brave and cheerful spirit trusting in God. She knew hardship, privations, long hours of toil, sorrow and anxieties but in her heart there was not room for complaint only gratitude for the blessings she enjoyed. She was one who made no heavy demands upon life but only asked an opportunity to serve. Since coming to America she had been a faithful member of the Zion congregation Blair and an active church worker. She was seriously ill but a few days and passed quietly and peacefully into the Great Beyond trusting in her Saviour Jesus Christ, March 25, 1934 at 9 a.m., aged 73 years and four months. She leaves the following children who will keep in grateful remembrance the memory of an unselfish and devoted mother whose earnest prayer was that they might walk in the paths of righteousness, Ida, Mrs. T.B. Thompson, Lakes Coulee; Oscar, on the home farm; Nellie, Mrs. Bert Hanson, Whitehall; Josephine, Mrs. Iver M. Thompson, Lakes Coulee; Clara, Mrs. Martin Thompson, Brekke Ridge; Lewis at home; Selma, Mrs. Cornel Hanson, Blair; Emma, Mrs. Gilbert Erickson, St. Paul. There are 39 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church by her pastor Rev. T.E. Sweger on Wednesday afternoon, March 28. Solos were sung by Oscar Fredrixon and Mrs. T.E. Sweger. Memory wreaths in honor of their mother were given by Mrs. T. B. Thompson to WCAL St. Olaf College and by Oscar Olson to the Orphans Home at Wittenburg and by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thompson to Mrs. Emma Erickson who is at the Anker Hospital in St. Paul. Interment was made in Zion cemetery. Pallbearers were Martin Thompson, Bennie Hagen, T.B. Thompson, Cornel Hanson, Iver Thompson and Bert Hanson. Flower girls were Myrine Hanson, Nora Hanson, Bertha Olson and Hazel Hanson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 5, 1934
EBERT OLSON (SOLAR)
Ebert Olson, a former resident of Lee, and a brother to Emil, Bernard, Gunder and Olof Olson, died at his home near Minburn, Canada, March 29, 1924, at the age of 71 years last August. Besides the brothers above mentioned, he leaves a wife and one son, Otto Olson, both of whom live at Minburn. The late Mr. Olson moved from Jackson County, Wisconsin to Canada sixteen years ago this spring and has followed the occupation of farming since that time. The funeral was held on April 1, 1924 and burial was made in the Minburn cemetery. Mr. Olson had been ill for two years but was able to be up and about most of the time. It is presumed that the direct cause of his death was due to a stroke of apoplexy. When the family lived in Jackson County, they owned the farm now occupied by Elmer Severson in Lee. Ebert Olson was born in Solar, Norway, August 20, 1852. At the age of 28 years, he came to Jackson County from his native birthplace in 1880 and shortly thereafter started farming in Lee. He was married to Dorothy Halverson in Norway. He was the eldest of the family and the first of the brothers to be called by death. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - APRIL 25, 1924
EDMOND OLSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Edmond Olson died at his home in this village October 24, 1906 at 9 am. His final sickness was of short duration, covering only a few days. Deceased was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, in 1826. He and Mrs. Olson came to America in 1854 and settled in the valley of North Beaver Creek, where they lived until 1886, since which time they have lived here. He leaves a wife and four daughters, namely, Mrs. K. Wingstad and Mrs. J.A. Elliott of LaCrosse; Mrs. C. Foss of Rushford, Minnesota; and Mrs. T. Michaelson of Albert Lea, Minnesota. The floral tributes were profuse. The funeral was held Saturday at the United Lutheran church of Hegg, conducted by Rev. Gulbrandson. The pallbearers were K.E. Runnestrand, Ole Runnestrand, E.E. Runnestrand, Ed. Folkedahl, E.J. Brovold and Ed Ask. Edmond Olson was a man whom everybody respected and admired, just and upright in all his dealings. He lived much longer than the average man and lived his life well. The relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. K. Wingstad and son Helmer, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Elliott of LaCrosse; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Michaelson and son Edmond of Albert Lea, Minnesota; Carl Foss of Rushford, Minnesota; and Miss Julia Elliott of Farley, Iowa. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 1, 1906
MISS EMILIE OLSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Miss Emilie Olson was born in Wermland, Sweden, February 6, 1868, where she spent her childhood days in the surroundings so brilliantly pictured by Sweden’s foremost writer, Selma Lagerlof. In the year, 1881, Miss Olson came with her parents to America and settled at Independence, Wisconsin where she lived for about five years. She spent 15 years at Eau Claire, Wisconsin after which she stayed in California for 20 years. Miss Olson has been in poor health since she was a young girl and about ten years ago, she made her home with her sister, Mrs. O.H. Berg of Chimney Rock, where she passed away January, the 8th, 1931. She leaves to mourn her death her sister, Mrs. O.H. Berg, one brother, Albion Olson and one step-brother, Peder Pederson, both of Independence. The funeral took place Monday, January 12, from the Lutheran church at Independence, where Rev. Wichmann conducted the services. Miss Olson was laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery awaiting the resurrection of the just. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 15, 1931
ERICK OLSON (NORWAY)
Erick Olson, who lived a mile east of this village, died of pneumonia on the 9th inst. Deceased was born in Norway, but had been a resident of this vicinity about forty years. Had he lived until the 15th of next May, he would have been 76 years old. Deceased leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. Mat Hallingstad of this place, and Mrs. Nels Martison of Washburn, who have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement. The funeral was held last Saturday, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 17, 1904
FREDERICK OLSON (SWEDEN)
Frederick Olson was born in Sweden the first day of January 1833 and died the 3rd day of November 1922. In 1858 he was married to Caroline Erickson. His wife was also born in Sweden the fifth days of March 1835 and died the tenth day of April 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Olson migrated to the United States in 1869. He arrived at Racine, Wisconsin with his family the second day of July of the same year. They remained in Racine only a few months when they moved to Trempealeau County and homesteaded the land upon which he has resided since, and one which Frederick Frederickson now lives. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Olson, four of whom are living: Charles, Erick and Frederick, residing around Blair and Albert of New England, North Dakota. Three boys died in infancy, two in Sweden and one here in Trempealeau County. One girl, Hilma Louisa, died in July 1894 at the age of 29 years. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 9. 1922
MRS. ERICK P. OLSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Mrs. Mary Olson, daughter of Mathias and Marthea Olson, was born on September 17, 1860 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. Emigrated to United State in the spring of 1884 and was united in marriage to Erick P. Olson on June 25, 1886 at Black River Falls, Wisconsin and have made their home on the Olson farm at Melrose ever since. After several months of illness, she passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. August Adams, 3513 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis, December 6, 1927 at 10:55 p.m. at the age of 67 years, 2 months and 19 days. The funeral was held on Sunday, December 11 under the direction of F.H Smith of Melrose, from the South Beaver Creek Church, Rev. Mr. Halvorson of Frenchville, Wisconsin, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in South Beaver Creek cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Erick P. Olson, one adopted daughter, Mrs. Louis Erickson, LaCrosse; three brothers, Ole Mathson, Norway, Otto Mathson, Black River Falls, Martin Mathson, Blair; six sisters, Mrs. Jennie Johnson, Birmingham, Alabama; Mrs. O.P. Olson, Minneapolis; Mrs. August Adams, Minneapolis; Mrs. Carl J. Thysell, Hawley, Minnesota; Mrs. P.O. Tenneson, Blair; Mrs. Tena Gunderson, Norway, all of which were present at the funeral except Ole and Tena of Norway and Jennie of Birmingham. She was a member of the Lutheran Church since 1886 and was a member of North Bend Roy Neighbor Lodge. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - DECEMBER 23, 1927
HONORABLE GEORGE OLSON (FREDRIKSTAD)
Hon. George Olson, for many years a resident of Taylor, in this county, and prominent in county and state affairs, passed away at Fredrikstad, Norway, on Monday, November 4, 1929, at the age of 88 years, 5 months and 15 days. The funeral services were held there on November 12. Mr. Olson had retained his remarkable vitality until his last days, but the past two months he had been slowly growing weaker, death eventually coming without pain or illness. He was born at Fredrikstad, Norway, on May 20, 1841. He received his education in his native land. On May 25, 1876, he was married to Miss Caroline Oulie and that summer he and his bride emigrated to America. They first settled in Boston, Massachusetts. They resided there two years and then moved to Chicago. He became a traveling salesman for Deane Brothers & Lincoln, a wholesale grocery, and continued in that occupation for 25 years, having portions of Wisconsin and Minnesota for his territory. In 1887, he moved his family to a fine new home at Taylor, where he had purchased a farm and erected good farm buildings. He and his family continued to live there until 1913. In 1898 he was elected a member of the Wisconsin Assembly from Jackson County. He was not a candidate for re-election. Early in the history of the establishment of rural free delivery mail service, he was appointed an inspector for the U.S. Post office department. He traveled widely over the northwest, establishing rural mail routes, and continued in the postal service until he voluntarily resigned at the age of 65. Thereafter, he ceased business activities and devoted himself to church work and other lines in which he was interested. Later, he and his wife moved from Taylor, after disposing of his farm, and they lived at Marineette and Milwaukee. In 1919, they felt a longing to return to their native land, and greatly enjoyed the remaining years allotted to them. Mrs. Olson passed away on August 5, 1925. He is survived by six children, Dr. Ole H. Olson of Erskine, Minnesota; Mrs. H.B. Kildahl of Minneapolis; Mrs. E.C. Malstad of Rio, Wisconsin; George W. Olson of Antler, North Dakota; Mrs. J.C. Baird of Eau Claire; and Dr. C.J. Olson of West Allis. Mrs. Olson was a man of sterling Christian character and of great energy and ability. During his active business life he seemed tireless in his industry and he gave himself wholeheartedly to that in which he was engaged. He was honest and sincere in all things, endeavoring to do his full duty in every endeavor. He was prompt in his decisions and acted upon his own judgment for all matters. He was of deep religious conviction and always had a strong interest in the Lutheran church, in which faith he worshipped all his life. He was a devoted husband and an affectionate father. He had great interest in the education and welfare of his children. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner-Journal THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 15, 1929
MRS. GULLICK OLSON (NORWAY)
Died in Preston, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, November 12, 1892, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Gullick Olson, aged 64 years, 1 month and 16 days. The subject of this notice was born in Norway on the 25th day of September 1828. At the age of fifteen years, she with her parents, Ole and Ingeborg Olson, came to this country and settled in Racine County, Wisconsin. November 25th, 1850, she was married to Gullick Olson, residing also in Racine County. Living in Racine County three years, she with her husband moved to Bad Ax County (now Vernon County), Wisconsin. Remaining there one year, they again moved, this time to this town, settling here as pioneers, and living nearly the first year the only residents of the Township. By her marriage of nearly 42 years, she was the mother of eight children, four sons and four daughters, three of whom, a son and two daughters, have preceded her to the spirit land. Of the surviving children, all being married, the oldest daughter, Mr. O.J. Lee, resides at Brookings, South Dakota; the youngest daughter, Mrs. O.P. Strum, resides at Blair, also two sons, Henry and Thomas; Ebert. The oldest son resides at Tomahawk, Wisconsin. She also leaves a loving and devoted husband, besides many sincere friends, to mourn her death. Mrs. Olson being an early pioneer in the Trempealeau valley suffering many hardships and privations which are known only to those who have started in early life in a wilderness and raised large families. She was a noble, kind hearted and generous woman, having always a smile and good word for all. She was also an adherent of the Norwegian Lutheran faith and a devout Christian, Mrs. Olson’s funeral was held in Blair on Sunday, November 13th, Rev. O. Waldeland and Rev. K. Knudtson officiating, the obescquies being largely attended. The remains were interred in the Blair cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 17, 1892
HAROLD OLSON (OSLO)
Harold Olson, 74, died Sunday at the LaCrosse hospital after being ill many years. Mr. Olson was born in Oslo, Norway in November 1886 and came to Galesville in 1905, living here the rest of his life. He was a stonemason. He married Thalma Moe here April 27, 1911. She survives. Other survivors are four sons: Roald and Harold, Jr. both of Toppenish, Washington; John, Sandertown, Rhode Island; and Donald, Galesville; four daughters, Esther, LaCrosse; Mrs. Norman (Jurdice) Foss, Whitehall; Mrs. James (Roseann) Clark, Cheraw, South Caroline and Norman at home; 20 grandchildren; two brothers, Trygvy, Madison and Ingar; a sister, Mrs. Olaf Erickson, Gays Mills, Wisconsin and a stepson, Rolf Peterson, Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Smith Mortuary here, the Rev. VA. Hintermeyer, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Pine Cliff Cemetery. There will be a prayer service at the mortuary this evening at 8. WINONA REPUBLICAN HERALD - JUNE 14, 1961
GILBERT OLSON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Funeral services were held Tuesday for Gilbert Olson, who died at his home at Independence Saturday evening, September 6, at the age of 78 years, eight months and 19 days. Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. at the home and 2 o’clock at the Independence Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Martin Olson sang “Heaven is My Home” at the home service and at the church, a quartet composed of Mr. Olson, Otto Sprecker, Mrs. M.A. Wiemer and Mrs. Albert Fellenz sang, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name,” “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” and “Abide With Me.” The pallbearers, Lester Senty, W.E. Sprecker, R.C. Warner, Dr. A.O. Torson, Wren Torgerson and Harold Garthus, carried him to his last resting place in Bethel cemetery. Gilbert Olson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on December 17, 1862, and came to this country with his parents at the age of five years. They settled in Travis Valley, where he grew to manhood, after which he moved to Independence and made that village his home until death took him from this life. On January17, 1894, he was united in marriage to Sarah Helgeson. To this union three daughters and one son were born. One daughter, Mrs. Amanda Risberg, died in October of last year. The other two daughters and the son survive. They are Mrs. Emil Hintgen, Arcadia; Mrs. Elvin Thronson, Strum; and Myron H. Olson, Independence. The widow also survives, together with five sisters, one brother and seven grandchildren. The sisters are Mrs. Olive Hanson, Whitehall; Mrs. Joseph Wurzel, LaCrosse; Mrs. William Hegge, LaCrosse; Mrs. Dell Nichols, Whitehall; Mrs. Iver Thompson, Spooner. The brother is Theodore Olson of Independence. The passing of Mr. Olson closed a busy and useful life. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 11, 1941
GUNDER OLSON (SOLAR)
Word was received here Monday on the sudden death of Gunder Olson at his home in Toledo, Oregon. Mr. Olson’s occupation in late years was fishing and after the death of his wife some years ago, he has lived alone near a river. Sunday morning, November 9, 1924, he was found dead lying beside his boat house, heart trouble being the cause of death. Mr. Olson was known in southern Jackson County having lived here many years ago. He worked in the lumber woods for many years for the late Mark Douglas and is remember by many of the older residents of this locality. He moved west 24 years ago and has since made his home in the town where he died. Gunder was born in Solar, Norway, April 18, 1854. He came direct from his native land to Jackson County, Wisconsin in 1879 and lived here until he moved west. He leaves to mourn his sudden death one daughters, Mrs. Dick Erickson of Alberta, Canada; three brothers, Olaf and Emil of Lee, this county and Behnard of Toledo, Oregon. Interment was in the Toledo cemetery. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - NOVEMBER 28, 1924
HALVOR OLSON (HAUGESUND)
Funeral services for Halvor Olson, 83, who died at the Community Hospital Thursday, January 22, following a three week illness, were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Monday, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. Sebert Salverson, Peter Norland, Adolph Hanson, Dr. Anton Vold, Elland Berg and Hans Severson carrying him to his last resting place. A group from the Senior Choir of Our Saviour’s sang two hymns at the last rites, “Jeg ved mig en sovn I Jesu navn,” and “Abide With Me.” Mrs. C.B. Melby contributed a vocal solo, “Rest.” Halvor Olson, son of Ole Knudtson and his wife, Malene Aresdatter Brokenes, was born December 4, 1858, at Haugensund, Norway. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed September 28, 1873. He came to America in 1884, arriving at Taylor where an aunt of his lived. He made his home with her until the death of his brother-in-law, husband of his sister, Mrs. Anna Anderson. From that time, 1893, until his passing, he resided with her, taking over the duties of a father to her small children and devoting his life to her family’s welfare. Seldom is such devotion seen between brother and sister as sustained these two during their nearly 50 years of constant companionship. Mr. Olson and the Andersons resided in Fly Creek until 1921, when they purchased a home in Whitehall and moved here. In this city, Halvor became a well-known figure on the street as he walked briskly downtown and smiled his good cheer to all he met. We shall miss his presence and his optimism for a long time to come. He was a hard-working, conscientious and faithful man in all ways and enjoyed good health up until three weeks before his death. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Mrs. Anderson, and her two sons, Arthur Anderson of Dearborn, Michigan and Oscar Anderson of Bismark, North Dakota. The former of the boys was here for the funeral. Two of the Anderson children preceded him in death, Nellie, who passed away in 1928 and another daughter died at an early age. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 29, 1942
MRS. GERTRUDE OLSON (TELEMARK)
Mrs. Gertrude Olson died July 19, 1922 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.S. Houkom. She was born in Telemarken, Norway, November 25, 1825. In 1852 she was married to Lief Olson and they emigrated to America in 1862. Since then she has always resided in Trempealeau County. She died at the age of 96 years and 7 months. Two daughters, Mr. G.S. Houkom and Mrs. Sebert Amundson of LaCrosse survive her. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 27, 1922
HARRY OLSON (BAADSTAD, SWEDEN)
Halvor (Harry) Olson, one of the early settlers of Welch Coulee, passed away at the Whitehall hospital Wedne3sday, July 24th, 1929. The cause of death was cancer. Mr. Olson was a man respected and esteemed by all who knew him. He was born in Baadstad, Sweden, December 24th, 185, and emigrated to America in 1882. Two years after his arrival in America, he was united in marriage to Anna Marie Hanson. Their first home was in Beaver Creek, where they resided a year and a half. They purchased the farm in Welch Coulee, which has been their home since. Their marriage was blessed with the following children: Axel, now of White Earth, North Dakota; Serine, who died in Beaver Creek; Henry, on the home farm; Anna and Ida, both deceased; and Inga, Mrs. Peter Engen, who resides on a neighboring farm. Mr. Olson had suffered with stomach trouble a number of years. He was taken seriously sick at the beginning of July and on the 14th, he was removed to the hospital where the best of care and attention was given him. He was 72 years and 7 months old at his death. His wife and three children survive. He was a good neighbor, a devoted husband and father, a loyal member of the Zion Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held at the home and Zion Lutheran church at Blair Saturday, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 1, 1929
MRS. HARRY OLSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Anna Marie Hanson was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, March 29, 1856. She passed away at the Whitehall hospital Friday morning, March 20, 1931. She was 74 years, 11 months and 20 days old at the time of her death. She emigrated to America at the age of 25 years. In 1882 she came to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, where she has since made her home. On November 12, 1884, she was united in marriage to Harry Olson. Their married life was singularly happy, and was blessed with the following children: Axel, of Vosse Coulee; Henry S., on the home farm; and Inga, Mrs. Peter H. Engen, who resides near the home farm. Three children, Serine, Anna and Ida, died in infancy. Her husband died July 24, 1929. With the exception of a year and a half spent in Beaver Creek, her whole life has been spent on the farm her husband purchased in Welch Coulee. Besides the children she leaves to mourn her loss, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a number of friends who mourn the passing of a lovely character and Christian gentlewoman. In life and death she made confession of her Christian faith which had been her stay in time of joy and sorrow and was her support as the shadows of death closed down upon her mortal life. Funeral services were held at the Rhode Undertaking Parlors in Whitehall and the Zion Lutheran church in Blair, of which she was a long time member on Monday, March 23, in charge of the pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger, assisted by Rev. N.C.A. Carnes. THE TAYLOR HERALD - APRIL 3, 1931
HENDRICK OLSON (ERTMERKSOGN, SWEDEN)
Henrick Olson was born in Bengsbroden, Ertmersogn, Sweden, September 21, 1842. As a young man he went to Norway and lived there until in 1853 he emigrated to America and landed in Milwaukee in August 1863. Then he came to LaCrosse and Onalaska. On April 4, 1869 he was married to Turine Susannah Olson. To this union twelve children were born, five of which have preceded him besides his wife, who departed in May 1908. Since that time he made his home with several of his children until 1917 when he came to the home of Sam Strande, where he has been gradually failing, and died on the 14th day of October at the age of 79 years, 23 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Lutheran church Monday, October 17, Rev. Bestul officiating. The surviving children are, Mrs. Sam Strande, Dan Olson, Arcadia, Julius A. Olson, Bicyrus, North Dakota; Herman Olson, Chinook, Montana; Mrs. Jay King, Elgin, Illinois; Helmer Olson, Eleva; and Mrs. John Thompson, Holmen Wisconsin. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 27, 1921
MRS. INGEBORG OLSON (BERGEN)
Mrs. Ingeborg Olson, mother of Mrs. C.L. Foss, Rushford, Minnesota and Mrs. Thomas Michaelson, latter recently of Wakonda, South Dakota, also mother of Mrs. J.A. Elliott of LaCrosse and Mrs. John Johnson of Volin, South Dakota, died at the home of her daughter at LaCrosse, January 5, 1916, at the age of 83 years. Burial took place at Beaver Creek, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, Saturday, January 8, and the remains were placed beside those of her husband who died nine years ago and children who had preceded her in death. The last rites were attended by her former neighbors and old-time friends. All of the surviving children were present. Mrs. Olson was born in Bergen, Norway, April 14, 1832. In 1853 she was married to Amund Olson Hoheim and came to this country the same year, settling at Lodi, Dane County, Wisconsin. The following year they moved to Beaver Creek, settling on a farm a few miles north of Ettrick. Some years later they went to Rock Dell in Olmstad County, where a number of friends from the Motherland had previously located, there to establish their future home, but the Indian outbreak in the Minnesota valley caused them to abandon the frontier and return to Wisconsin. Renting out the farm, Mr. Olson built a blacksmith shop at Ettrick, where the family continued to live until the death of Mr. Olson with the exception of a year of so spent at Bellingham, Lacquiparie County, where a son was engaged in business. Mrs. Olson was the mother of nine children, four of whom survive. Peace be with her ashes. Reprinted from the Tri-County Record, Rushford, Minnesota. THE WHITEHALLTIMES-BANNER - JANUARY 13, 1916
MRS. INGEBORG A. OLSON (BIRI)
Mrs. Ingeborg Agnethe Olson, who after a two and one-half months illness, passed way at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.P. Grosshams of Glover, on November 20, 1850, Mrs. Olson was married March 25, 1876 to O.A. Olson of Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin and to this union were born seven children, six of whom survive. Mr. Olson passed away February 10, 1905. The Olson family came to Glover, North Dakota in 1889 and most of the members have made that place their home ever since. Mrs. Olson and the youngest son having spent some time in Minneapolis during the past few years. Mrs. Olson returned about four years ago. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Free Lutheran church of Minneapolis. Funeral services were held at the Glover M.E. church, Rev. J. Lindland of Oakes and Rev. G.A. Jeffrey of Lidgerwood officiating. Interment took place at the Glover cemetery. Mrs. Olson is survived by four sons, J. Oscar, C. Edwin, Arthur H. and Odin L. Olson, and two daughter, Mrs. G.F. Grosshams and Mrs. H.C. Frojen, seven grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. J.H. Egeland of Minneapolis. Reprinted from the Oakes (North Dakota) Times. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - DECEMBER 8, 1921
MRS. IDA OLSON (S0LAR)
Mrs. Ida Olson, 91, Ettrick, passed away Sunday, May 13, 1979 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clifford Peij, LaCrosse. She was born November 27, 1888 in Solar, Norway. She married Oluf Olson in South Beaver Creek, Ettrick, November 26, 1906. He died in 1974. Survivors are four sons, Leonard, LaCrosse; James of rural Ettrick; Clarence of Ettrick; and Robert, Orofino, Idaho; five daughters, Mrs. Clara Busse, rural Ettrick; Mrs. John (Cora) Schroeder, Milwaukee; Mrs. Levi (Esther) Dahlby, Onalaska, Mrs. Thelma Richardson, Onalaska and Mrs. Clifford (Ilene) Heij, LaCrosse; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, two brothers and a sister have died. She was a member of the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church and its Lutheran Church Women. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 15, 1979 at 1 p.m. at South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. Rev. William Rice officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Fossum Funeral Home, Ettrick, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 17, 1979
ADOLPH C. OLSON (PRESTON TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Adolph C. Olson, harness manufacturer and dealer, now located at Blair, was born in Preston Township, this county, March 11, 1873, son of Carlos and Caroline (Christenson) Olson, and grandson of Andrew and Olea Christenson, all of whom were born in Norway, and immigrated to the United States, Andrew Christenson and his family coming first and Carlos Olson coming in 1871. Left fatherless when but little more than a year old, Adolph C. Olson was reared by his mother and grandparents until he was 10 years of age, at which time he was adopted by Andrew Shelly, a farmer of Springfield Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin. At the age of 24 he started out for himself, and for several years was employed as a farm hand. In 1900 he began to learn the trade of harness-making under Ed. Arneson, of Taylor, this state. He came to Blair in 1904 and purchased a half interest in the shop of A. H. Boe. For several years the business was conducted under the firm name of Boe & Olson. Then, in 1907, Mr. Olson bought out his partner, and has since been the sole owner and proprietor. He manufactures and repairs leather goods and horse supplies. A substantial man in the community, he has been especially prominent in the local lodge of the Sons of Norway, in which he has been vice-president since 1912. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen. His religious affiliations are with the Synod Norwegian Lutheran church. Mr. Olson was married November 2, 1904 to Oliver Peterson, daughter of Ole and Lena Peterson, formerly of Jackson County, this state, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Olson have had three children: Lillian (died at the age of 4 years), Agnes and Lloyd. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
EVER A. OLSON, M.D. (CHRISTIANIA, NORWAY)
Ever A. Olson, M.D. has practiced medicine in Osseo for nearly forty years. Arriving here June 20, 1877, he at once opened an office, and with the exception of one year, 1889-90 spent in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has since continued to live here. Aside from ministering to a constantly increasing number of patients, he has been actively engaged in public life for many years. When the village of Osseo was organized he served as president of the first council, and continued in that position for four years. For thirty years he has been health officer of Osseo and Sumner Township. A conservative Republican in politics, he has been delegate to district, county and congressional conventions, and has served as a member of the Republican County committee. His financial holdings include an interest in the Farmers Exchange Bank of Osseo. In the Masonic order he has passed through the chairs of the Blue Lodge, and is a member of the Chapter and Commandery. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias. Member of the State Medical Society and the Eau Claire County Medical Society. He was married February 28, 1875 to Helen E. Valleau of Mauston, Wisconsin, born in Lindina Township, Juneau County, Wisconsin, August 29, 1863, daughter of Theodore and Eliza (Linderman) Valleau, pioneers, who were married in Illinois and settled in Juneau County in 1855, the former dying in 1913 at the age of 89 years. Mrs. Valleau died in Juneau County, July 8, 1917, aged 89. Dr. and Mrs. Olson have a daughter, Blanche Louise, who was born October 18, 1882, was married November 27, 1909 to Dr Roy C. Ferguson, a dentist of Osseo and has two children, Marlen Neville and Virginia. Dr. Olson was born near Christiania, Norway, October 18, 1850, was brought to Wisconsin as an infant, passed through the schools of Mauston in that state, and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Keokuk, Iowa. His parents, Ole T. and Sarah (Everson) Olson were born in Norway, came to America in 1853, and after living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a time, went to Mauston where the father engaged in the show business and where he still lives at the age of 92, the mother having died in 1894 at the age of 75 years. Dr. Olson in 1900 spent four months in Europe, traveling extensively through Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland and Scotland. He attended the Paris Exposition and visited land of the midnight sun. He had the pleasure of viewing the midnight sun. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
BARBARA AUGUSTA OLSON (WISCONSIN)
Mrs. Lawrence P. Olson passed away at her home in the Town of North Bend on Thursday evening, March 27, 1952, at the age of 67 years, one month and five days. She entered the Lutheran Hospital at La Crosse on August 9, 1951 at which time she underwent surgery. On November 10, 1951 she again entered the hospital and submitted to surgery for the second time. She returned to her home and remained there until February 15, 1952 when she again entered the hospital for treatment. After remaining at the hospital for four weeks, she returned to her home where she was lovingly cared for until her death by members of her family and her sister, Mrs. J.A. Winger of Minneapolis, Minn. Funeral services were held for her at the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon March 30, 1952 with Pastor George C. Strum officiating. Mrs. George C. Strum sang two solos “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “In the Garden” with Miss Helen Enghagen as accompanist. Flowers were in charge of Avonelle Thompson and Lavon Johnson. Pallbearers were Harold Tenner, John Stokrer, Oscar Decker, Oscar Ramsey, Leon Ramsey and Richard Horn. There were a tremendous number of memorials given in her memory to the Missions and to the Church. Barbara Augusta Ramsey, a daughter of the late Anna and Ole Ramsey, was born February 22, 1885 in the Town of North Bend. She was baptized and confirmed in the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, of which she has been a very active member her entire life. She was united in marriage to Lawrence P. Olson on April 15, 1903 at the Frenchville Parsonage by the late Rev. C.B. Bestul. To this union were born three children, two sons and one daughter, namely, Melvin A. Olson and Ruth, Mrs. Glenn Button of Melrose and Edger Olson of Black River Falls. During the early years of their married life they resided on a farm in the Town of Melrose. Twenty-three years ago they retired from the farm and moved to their present home in the Town of North Bend. She is survived by her husband, her three children, six grandchildren namely, Robert, Verda and Roger Olson, Lawrence Button of Melrose, and Alice and Bruce Olson, of Black River Falls, also five sisters, Mrs. Olaf Erickson and Mrs. Albert Arneson of Melrose, Mrs. J.A. Winger and Mrs. M.J. Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn. and Mrs. Helmer Hendrickson of Sparta. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her. Relatives from a distance attending her funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Winger, Robert Winger, Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Johnson and son, Miles, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Johnson and Beverly Horn of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. C.S. Hero of Northfield, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Hendrickson and son Alan, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berry of Sparta, Mrs. Laura Berg, Mrs. Oline Lovelien , Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hermanson, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lovelien and Julius Lindberg of Whitehall; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klomsten of Pigeon Falls, Mrs. Adelle Gottschalk and son, Albert, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Baumgart and daughters, Darlene and Audrey of Colby, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Erickson of Milwaukee and Lois and Gaylord Horn of Madison and a host of relatives and friends from Fairchild, Blair, Black River Falls, Whitehall, Sparta, Hixton and Ettrick. A precious one from us is gone, A voice we loved is still. A place is vacant in our midst, Which never can be filled. She had a smile for everyone, A heart as pure as gold To those who knew and loved her best Her memory will never grow old. SOURCE – Family Records (Verda Olson Stewart at email@example.com is researching this family)
EDGER O. OLSON (MELROSE, WISCONSIN)
Edger O. Olson, 68, Black River Falls, died Friday, May 23, 1980, in Ladysmith while on a fishing trip. He was born August 9, 1911 in Melrose to Lawrence P. and Barbara (Ramsey) Olson. He had spent his entire life in Jackson County. He married Lucille Holman of Osseo on August 15, 1942. He had served as the Jackson County Highway Commissioner for 25 years and was a member of the Jackson County Highway Department for 46 years. He retired in 1976. Olson was active in Masonic circles, having served as Master of the A and F.M. Lodge No. 74 for 35 years, was a member of the Royal Arch Masons for 30 years and belonged to the Eau Claire Consistory. He was active in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and at the time of his death was serving his third term on the church council. He was also a member of the local Rotary Club. Survivors are his wife; a son, Bruce of Black River Falls and a daughter, Mrs. Everett (Alice) Larkin of Black River Falls; a brother, Melvin A. of Melrose; a sister, Mrs. Glenn (Ruth) Button of Melrose and five grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Reverend A.H. Houts officiated and burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Torgerson Funeral Chapel of Black River Falls assisted the family with arrangements. SOURCE – FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family is Verda Olson Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org )
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