Olson Johan Rev
Olson John T.
Olson John Mrs.
Olson Jorgen (2)
Olson Jorgen Mrs.
Olson Knute Mrs.
Olson Lars Mrs.
Olson Lawrence P.
Olson Louis Crawford
Olson Ludwig C.
Olson Martha Mrs.
Olson Martha Mrs. 2
Olson Martha Mrs. 3
Olson Marthe C. Mrs.
Olson Martin C.
Olson Martin J.
Olson Martin L.
Olson Mathias 2
Olson Mathild Mrs.
Olson Mattie Miller Mrs.
Olson Matt R.
Olson Matt Mrs. (Olava Olsdtr Hellum)
Olson Melvin A.
Olson Nettie Mrs.
Olson Nils Adolph
Olson Ole C.
Olson Ole L.
Olson Ole M.
Olson Ole M. Mrs.
Olson Olof C.
Olson O.P. Mrs.
Olson Oscar Mrs.
Olson Peter A. Mrs.
Olson Sever Mrs.
Olson Simon Mrs.
Olson Sophie Mrs.
Olson Stener Mrs.
Olson Theodore B.
Olson Thorbin C.
Olson Tobias M.
Olson Violette E.
"Jorgen Olson [family photo included]. One of the oldest and best known residents of Chimney Rock Township is the subject of this sketch, who has been a resident here for nearly 48 years, having been one of the early Norwegian settlers in the county. He was born in Valdres, Norway, November 3, 1844, a son of Ole Jorgenson, a mason and his wife, Annie Uldrikson. Both parents died in Norway. It was in 1867, at the age of 23 years, that Jorgen Olson left his native land for the United States, attracted hither by reports that had reached Norway from those gone before of the opportunity to obtain free land in the great northwestern states. On his arrival in the country he located first in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he remained three years, earning and saving money and keeping his main purpose steadily in view. Then, having saved enough to purchase equipment and make a fair start, he came to Trempealeau County in 1869 and homesteaded a farm in section 2, on which he spent 18 years of his life, carrying on agriculture and stock rising and improving his property, so that when he finally sold he obtained a good price for it. Since then he has been engaged in cultivating his present farm in section 24, which he purchased on leaving the farm in section 2. This property also he has improved considerably, building the residence, a two-story house of 10 rooms, in 1889. In 1914 he erected a new barn, 30 by 74 by 14 feet, with stone basement and cement floors. His son Olaus now rents and manages the farm, and together they raise graded Shorthorn cattle, having a herd of 40 head, of which they milk 15. Mr. Olson served as township treasurer for 14 years. He also helped organize school district No. 1, Chimney Rock Township, of which he was teasurer six years. His son Olaus has served as school clerk three years. Mr. Olson was married May 17, 1870, to Berget Halvorson, who was born in Norway in 1851 and died on the home farm in November, 1904. There were seven children born to them: Olaus, mentioned above, who was born August 18, 1873; Annie, who married Halvor Veum, a farmer of Chimney Rock Townshp; Anton, who is farming Hettinger, N.D.; Henry, a resident of Superior, Wis.; Christine, who is keeping house for her father and brother Olaus; William, who is operating a farm in this vicinity; and Joachim, who is residing at home. The family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church, of which Mr. Olson has been a trustee for four years. The Jorgen Olson farm contains 180 acres and is pleasantly situated, the land being fertile and everything about the place being up to date and in good condition." History of Trempealeau County, 1917
MARTIN L. OLSON: (VESTRE TOTEN)
"Martin L. Olson, a former resident of Blair, died at his home in Hettinger, N.D., November 5, following a year's illness with cancer, aged 66 years, 11 months and five days. He was brought to Blair for burial in Zion cemetery beside hs son Bjarne, who died several years ago. Funeral services were conductec by the T.E. Sweger November 10. Mrs. Angus Sather sang two solos at the services, and pall bearers were Ole Urlien, Charles Borreson, Albert Hagen, Carl Sjuggerude, Oscar Anderson and Alvin Grotem. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Bennie Knudtson and Anna Roseth.
Mr. Olson was born November 29, 1969, in Vestre, Toten, Norway. He attended school at Gjovig from 1886 to 1890. He was married to Berntina Olson at Melbe Vesteraalen and came to Ameica with his wife in 1903.
The Olson's first home was at Blair, where they resided until 1907. Mr. Olson worked at his trades as a tinsmith and plumber. From the latter year until 1911 they lived at Ellingson, S.D., and since then until his death, Mr. Olson conducted a hardware store at Hettinger.
Surviviors are Mrs. Olson; children: Olaf of Tyndall, S.D.; Bjarne, Hettinger; Mrs. W.B. Dickinson, N.D.; and Victoria Olson, Hettinger, and the following brothers and sisters: Ole Roseth, Blair; Hans Roseth, Creede, Colo.; Mrs. John Tanbakken, Bucyrus, N.D., and Sorine Roseth of Norway. His stepmother in Norway also survives, besides two grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - November 19, 1936
JORGEN OLSON: (VALDERS)
"Out of the twilight of ocean's depths come the sound of matin and vesper heels stirred to melody by unseen hands. This we are told by good pious folks who live on shores where the storm-ridden sea has hit into the land and guileless faith will always hold that nothing dedicated solely to the service of God can be rendered entirely useless. No doubt but that many a care wracked sole has been calmed and gladdened by this sweet, beautiful fancy when men and women lived a more artless life. But we of a more sophisticated plane of life cannot see God in the clouds nor hear him in the wind nor hear the chime of sunken bells. But even to the worldly wise come hours when fancy becomes the master spirit of our reflections, for as I sit here in the closing hours of the year, forms over which flowers have grown and blossomed for years, stand clear and distinct before me. Smiles that warm and thrill flash from their faces. Voices, long since silent, come out of the past to touch their old time charm chords long dormant in my being. And in the very front rank of these many vistants, which the magic memory brings around me, stands my esteemed friend and companion, Jorgen Olson.
Once more with him I stand on deck of the good ship Norden as she lies at anchor in Bergens Fjord. Verdure clad mountains and cliff's polished by waves and tides through unnumbered centuries rise around me. The last boatful of passengers have come on board. The captain is megaphoning orders to the crew. A steam tug is unreeling a great cable in front of the ship. The first mate takes his seat high in the capstan and with a swinging lilt beings to sing "The Hoisting of the Anchor," while a dozen or more sturdy sailors work the levers and join in the song. Above, able seasmen climb and crawl straightening out ropes and smoothing folds in the sails that are to wing us across the great-wide sea. In fifteen or twenty minutes the song is ended and the great iron claw hang dripping slime and mud. The hawser is unreeled and pulled tant. The ship with its precious cargo of six hundred and fifty emigrants begins to move. A subdued murmur of awe and wonder runs from stern to stern. The unknown and untried is faced by many as never before. Slowly, silently the great ship cleaves the sunlit waters till it reaches the open sea. The sun like a great crimson ball hangs just above an undulating horizon. There is great hub-bub and excitement on board. The first mate in a great bellowing voice is hurling oaths and orders right and left. Sails are unfurled and stretched. The panting, puffing little monster has dropped the cable and is turning back toward the mouth of the fjords. The shores of our native land recede into the shadows of uncomming night. Sighs, sobs and tears express the prevailing emotions of the majority on board.
It was under such circumstances that I first met my friend Jorgen Olson May 9, 1867. After a successful voyage for those days we reached Quebec June 22. Here we were herded into box cars in which rough planks were laid criss-cross for seats. The refuse and dirt from a variety of goods and materials which had been carried in the cars littered the floor. A long train was made up with an engine in front and one behind. On a curve some distance from the city the rear engine telescoped the train. Several cars were derailed which unfortunately hapened to be cars filled with goods of the immigrants. Many a beautiful spinning wheel and many an heirloom chest were broken and splintered. But the interruption of our journey lasted only a few hours and after a night and a day we were on the deck of a steamboat crossing Lake Michigan to Milwaukee. At Milwaukee came many sad partings, for during a stay of seen weeks or more together, leisure and propinquity had helped to form many ties of friendship and love. But the constrictive laws of poverty forbade choice. So each one went as he was labeled to go at the beginning of the trip.
Mr. Olson went to the Blue Mounds settlement in Dane County and I with my folks to Trempealeau with the hope of ultimately reaching the Sondfjord Colony in Pigeon, of which at that time consisted of Mads Knudtson, his good wife and children. But Knudtson and his wife were so strong, so healthy and so vibrant with ancestral qualities that they could create a homelike atmosphere anywhere and colonize a valley in a short time. During several of the following years Destiny played chess, with me as one of the pieces, for I was too young to checkmate her. The first season she bet me my board and hickory shirt that I would fall down on the job selected for me. The next season she raised the bet to a full suit of clothes and board. I won on both bets. Mr. Olson was older, had a fair education, wrote a beatutiful, clear hand (an accomplishment I have never attained) and instead of being picked up and set down according to the whims of Destiny he began to select time he came to the far famed Valders settlement of Blue Mounds he gained such individual mastery of himself that he selected Borgit Lund as his life's partner and helpmate. This partnershp was confirmed by marriage on the 17th day of May, 1870. The honeymoon was spent in a leisurely way as he drove a yoke of oxen from Dane county to Chimney Rock, while his wife rode high in a spring seat which clasped one of T.G. Mandts substantial wagons.
Arrived in Chimney Rock he selected a homestead in the shadow of the hill which he crowned with the rock that has given a permanent name to a town and the region surrounding it. Here he and his strong ambitious wife planned and worked for eighteen years, while one of the great original commandments of the Creator --"Be faithful, multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdueit"--found complete fulfillment, for fourteen children were born to them and the grubby, stony land was compelled to yield a goodly reward. Having attained to a condition of comparative affluence and feeling the need of a larger and better farm he moved to the place where he heard the final summons. October 27, 1904, his wife died from heart trouble. Eight of his children passed on before him. A son, Henry, is also in all probability dead, for the last he was heard from was in November, 1910, when he left Superior, Wisconsin with a companion to go deer hunting. The surviving children are: Mrs. Anna Veum, Olaus Olson, Anton Olson, Mrs. Christine Olmstead and William Olson.
Jorgen Olson was born in Valders, Norway, November 3, 1844. In 1910 he had a paralytic stroke. Another like the stroke in 1915 which enfeebled him considerably. Later on he had a fall which crippled and laid him up for a long time. But he recovered sufficiently in time to be up and toddle around the house. About two weeks before his death he had another fall which undoubtedly tended to hurry his going. During these years of feebleness and sickness I saw him many times and always found him cheerful, smiling humorously at what he considered his useless condition. Once after his first fall when I found him helpless in bed suffering excruciating pain from his injuries, I saw tears course down his cheeks but that was the only time I ever saw symptoms of menial depression. The last time I saw him, a couple of months before he died, so stricken that he found it difficult to speak, smiles played again and again over his fine, ruddy face and he often chuckled as if he found a source of humor in watching his own feeble struggles against sickness and old age. Mr. Olson was a small compact built man of almost classic fineness and form. He always wore a full beard. He observed carefully the Cardinal virtues and was a devoted follower of his God and Master. He lived and worked within the radius of his tried abilties. No far flung ambition tempted him to try unknown paths. He was trusted and respected by all who knew him. He was gentle and sincere, and strong because he was clean, fair and just. A friendship of long standing, growing firmer with every passing year, bound us together and I shall miss him but cannot grieve over his departure, for he had finished an honorable course; lived a successful life, and was entitled to his discharge from the infirmities of age. Peacefully he went to his rest November 24, 1924.
Rev. Langehong, for many years his pastor, was sent for to officiate at his funeral which was held in the Chimney Rock church November 28.
Goodbye friend and comrade! Precious memories of you will live in my heart til the end of my days. H.A. Anderson, December 31, 1924" THE BLAIR PRESS - January 15, 1925
MARTIN C. OLSON: (VALDERS)
"Died, at his residence in the village of Whitehall, Wis., on Tuesday morning, January 28th, 1890, Martin C.Olson, in the 52nd year of his age.
Mr. Olson was born in Norway near Valders, emigrating to this country in 1867, and locating first in Dane county, this state, where he remained several years working at his trade. Fifteen years ago the 8th of last August he moved into our village, where he has since followed his trade as a tailor. Many a man here, and among those of his patrons who have moved to other parts, will miss Olson, the tailor, for it has long been a proverb among his many customers that no tailor could beat Martin in giving a good fit. As a citizen Mr. Olson was esteemed by many and respected by all who knew him. It may be truly said that he had not an enemy. His character may be summed up in the two words, integrity and moderation. But it is as father and husband that his loss will be felt most deeply, for in the family circle none could be more kind and even tempered. For several years Mr. Olson's health had been failing. The indications that he had been struggling with that insiduous foe consumption have been too marked to leave any room for doubt that soon he would have to answer to that inevitable summons which none may refuse to obey. The sad event, however, was hastened by an attack of pneumonia, which he contracted while caring for his wife, who has suffered from the same disease for more than four weeks. Mr. Olson was sick only a week, during which he was unable, even with the aid of opiates, to find any sleep; but it is said by those who watched by his side during those long days and nights of suffering, that not a single impatient word of complaint escaped from his lips. Mr. Olson was a leading member of the Lutheran church. He leaves a wife and five children, among a host of friends, to mourn the loss of a good man." THE WHITEHALL TIMES
GUNHILD GRONVOLD: (VALDERS)
"Gunhild Gronvold died at the home of her grandson, Marcus Arneson, Ervin Coulee December 20, aged eighty-six years, eight months and six days.
Ragnhild Olson (Valders) died at the home of her son Han Olson, in the town of Hale December 23, aged ninety-seven years, five months and twenty-nine days.
These items of news so close together, at a time of year when old men are more apt to indulge in memories and reflections than in prospects and anticipations, determined me to combine their obituaries. A further reason for this is the fact that they came from the same stock and practically from the same district in Norway, a district famous for the beauty of its women and the bravery of its men. Gunhild came from Sondre Land and Ragnhild from Valders. Their names also serve to associate them for they came like faintly heard chimes from the most ancient castles and princely halls of our forefathers--suggestive of a romance and high adventure.
There are still other things that naturally link their memories. They both belong with the poor, the unlearned and lowly; they both were strugglers and bravely maintained their fight against poverty and heavy odds during a longer period of time than common. When they came to this country they were both matured women molded, not only by their racial inheritances, but also, by the traditions, environments and experiences of their ancestors. They were born in the shadow of Norway's highest and most majestic mounts, the perpetualy snow-capped "Jotunheim" signifying the giants home. Their most immediate surroundings were swift flowing rivers, cascading brooks, thundering waterfalls, heather covered cliffs, pine class slopes and lonely heaths aflame in autumn with clandberries and wortelberries. And there were the churches built by the immediate followerers of St. Olaf, strang phantastic, windowless structures that had served their holy purpose for six to eight hundred years. Around them clustered legends innumerable of romance and tragedy.
But the character of these women, was probably mostly influenced by the hand to hand struggle to maintain existence which they constantly witnessed and in which they played their several parts from their earliest remembrance. They were taught by example as well as by precept that labor to the limit of one's capacity is one of the most sacred duties of man. Their God and the thousands and one agencies which He uses to shape the fortunes and destinies of human lives were more real and nearer to them than the state and its rulers. The ancient mandates, "In sorrow shalt thou bring forth children" and "In the sweat of they face shalt thou eat bread" received from them a literal interpretation and personal application as natural and inescapable as night and day. Their duties were summed up in the saying: "Do the best you can and leave the rest to God."
Gunhild when about twenty-four year married one Aslakson. Two years later she was a widow with two babies in arms. Death soon took one of them. In 1869 with her surviving child she came to Vernon Co. Wis. Here soon after her arrival she married Ole Gronvold. With him she lived twenty-five years. Once more she was widowed and compelled to work for her living. Soon after her husband's death she came to this county and for a time made her home with her daughter, Mary Arneson. Thereafter until about the year 1907 she worked here and there as helper in homes. In 1907, when her daughter's health began to fail, she took up her home permanently with the Arnesons and turned over to them all her savings. In 1909 her daughter died from tuberculosis leaving Mrs. Gonvold at the age of seventy-four the practical head of a family of five minor children, the youngest only four years of age. There were debts, poverty, insanity and the ever lingering ghost of a dreaded disease. But she made no appeal for help, no complaint. She simply day by day, laid hold of the tasks that were nearest. I met her frequently during these heavily burdened years and always found her content and smiling. Her fingers grew stiff, caloused and crooked. That she accepted as a matter of course, a ripening for the great change. Very appropriate was the test used by Rev. Hofstad at her funeral. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in full age, like as a shock of corn cometh, in his season."
One glad memory I have and that is, that her grandchildren loved her and were good to her. "No, she was never any burden," they say. Almost to the last she waited on herself and then peacefully went to sleep. In the old Norse language there is a very appropriate word for such as ending of life. "Slokna" which was very often used instead of the word died. It has no English equivalent but signifies the same as the words, "it went out" when we speak of a fire or light.
In 1861 Ragnhild Olson came with her husband Embret Olson and two children to Dane county, Wisconsin. Her husband for a time worked in the Wisconsin lead mines. Once while working alone in a mine, the earth caved in and completely cut him off from the exit. His wife's energy and skill with the shovel saved him from death. In 1869 they moved to the town of Hale, this county, and made their home where their faithful, steady-going son, Hans lives. Embret Olson was almost a genius as a mechanic, but his eyes failed him early and cut off his opportunities for the use of his natural skill. From this time on it is well known that this wife became the leader in all domestic enterprises. Though not a large woman she was eminently qualified for the part she had to play. She was wiry, tough, gritty and unusually active. When her own shoes were too much worn to conceal her unclad feet, she had no hesitation about using the brogans of her husband. When she had only one discouraged looking horse and needed a team, she took a cow to help pull the load and unabashed drove these oddly matched beasts to market. If anyone made uncomplimentary remarks about her team that fellow usully left her with tingling ears wishing he hadn't said it. She was a master at rough and ready repartee and few, if any, ever got the best of her in a war of words. If she ever was depressed or down hearted during the many years I knew her I never caught her at it. That she knew pains, wants and heartaches, in her long battle with poverty and the raising of six children, cannot be doubted. But the wounds she received in the rough and tumble struggles of her life were not kept on exhibition except as subjects for jests and laughter. Up to five months before her death she was physically active and up to a few days before the end mentally sound.
She to, when the Maser's final summons ame, just "Slokna." The candle burned to the socket, all the fibers of her being had burned until only the grey ashes were left and the light and heat went out. Those who knew her will always recall her memory with a smile, not in derision nor pity, but because no hardships or adversities could crush her indomitable pluck or extinguish the light of her exuberant spirits. Many leave fame and wealth but no smiles. Fame dies, riches take wings and flies away, but smiles pass on from heart to heart shedding warmth and radiance upon our paths.
Rev. Oerke chose apporpirate words when he ministered at Ragnild Olson's funeral: "And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, though shalt be buried in a good old age."
It may be said, " Why use so much space for an obituary of two old, ignorant women, whom most of the readers of the Times-Banner never heard of? They persisted in living an unreasonably long life in violation of sanitary laws and all modern regulartions for labor. Why? When that why is truthfully understood, most of our present day economic troubles will cease. They persisted in laboring cheerfully, finding their reward in duties performed without reference to the amount of coin it brought. They felt an individual responsibility to something higher and greater than transient ever-shifting organizations. They were strugglers and not stragglers. Stragglers may be ornamental-like the trimmings on a piece of architecture, but in the very nature of things they are not the pillars that sustain the social structure. While a goodly number of such men and women are with us social order and prosperity will continue. But when desisters, quitters and stragglers, who teach that the world owes everyone a living, whether he works at play or plays at work, get the actual as well as the political control of the world, we shall have ruin and chaos. H.A. Anderson - New Years Day, 1923" THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER, January 4, 1923
RAGNILD OLSON - See obituary of Gunhild Gronvold
MRS. SOPHIE OLSON: (HOF, SOLAR)
"Mrs. Sophie Olson was born in Hoff, Solar, Norway, the 19th of December, 1845, and passed away the 7th of June, 1942, at the age of 96 years, five months and 19 days.
She came to this country in 1872 and was married to John Olson in 1874. Nine children were born to them, of whom eight died in infancy. Surviving is Mrs. Martin Mickelson, with whom she made her home. She also leaves seven grandchidlren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pall bearers at her funeral were Olger, Ernest and Arnold Mickelson, Orville Olson, Herman Baberkow and Oscar Hanson. The flower girls were Marianne Mickelson, LaVere Hanson and Marcella Heath.
She will be miss greatly because of her kindness and thoughtful to everyone. Her hobby was knitting and crocheting, both of which she did up until the last year of her life. She crocheted many beautiful bedspreads and did a lot of knitting which she gave to relatives and friends. She gave unsparingly of herself and expected nothing in return for her service, although she was very grateful and appreciative of whatever was done for her however small. No one will realize how much she will be missed as those who were in close contact with her.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 12, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mickelson and at the Upper Pigeon church. Those from away who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Daberkow and son Richard of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Olson of Hatfield, Mr. and Mrs. Z.N. Nelson, Mrs. George Dahl, Mrs. Omer Janke and Mrs. Lewis Erickson of Alma Center, Mrs. T.J. Olson of Merrillan, Miss Elvera Sundmark of St. Paul and Mrs. Augusta Olson of Pigeon Falls. Friends extend their sincere sympathy to the family." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - June 18, 1942
MRS. MARTHE C. OLSON (GRUE, SOLAR)
Mrs. Marthe C. Olson was born at Grue, Solar, Norway, June 28, 1845. Her parents were Paul and Marie Hanson. In the fall of 1868, she immigrated to America and came to Trempealeau valley, where she resided for seven years. The 13th of January 1875, she was united in marriage to Ole C. Olson, Rev. Moeller officiating. The wedding took place on Mr. Olson’s homestead, where the couple lived ever since and where their nine children were born. Mrs. Olson has been confined to her room for the last three years, growing weaker gradually until she died peacefully the 21st of October 1927, at the age of 82 years and four months. Beside her brother, Ole Paulson of Chimney Rock, and her sister, Mrs. John Elland, she leaves to mourn her death the following children: Mrs. M. Halvorson, Palmer Olson and Miss Caroline Olson of Eleva; Mrs. Johanna Golden and Oscar Olson of Whitehall; Mrs. Helga C. Hanson of Blair; Mrs. Minnie M. Olson of Strum; and Mrs. Onidia Christenson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. One son, Otto, died at the age of two years. She is survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral took place from the Chimney Rock church October the 24th and the large funeral procession gave evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held. She was laid to rest beside her husband, who preceded her in death. Rev. Wichmann officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 3, 1927
REV. JOHAN OLSON (NORWAY)
The Rev. Johan Olson, former pastor of South Beaver Creek, Fagernes, Tamarack and French Creek Lutheran congregations, died Thursday, July 17, 1969. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookfield, Wisconsin. Pastor Olson was born in Norway April 10, 1869 and had observed his 100th birthday. He was a pastor for 69 years and was ordained in the ministry in 1900. He was a local pastor for 13 years, beginning in 1939 and had been living in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Rev. Olson was a seamen’s missionary at Galveston, Texas, and during World War I was an Army chaplain at Fort Crockett, Texas. He had been an evangelist for the Iowa District of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in America, with headquarters at Des Moines and Decorah. The Rev. and Mrs. Olson left this area in 1942. Calvary Lutheran Church of Brookfield had a centennial celebration in honor of the Olson’s April 14. Survivors include his wife: two sons, Bernard and Ingvald, two daughters, Mrs. Frieda Sand and Mrs. N. (Verna) Sharp, and several grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 27, 1969
JOHN OLSON (LILLEHAMMER)
Funeral rites for John Olson, who passed away at his home here on October 19, were held at the South Beef River church on Monday, preceded by services at the home, the Rev. E.B. Christopherson officiating. The pallbearers were Donald and Duane Lee, Owen; Lloyd and Ernest Olson and Floyd Steen. The flower girls were the five granddaughters, Amy Olson, Marian Eid, Mrs. Ernest Olson, Beatrice and Irene Moe. Edwin Thomley sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and the male quartette sang, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Where Jesus Lives.” Besides the many floral tributes there were many memorials. Those from a distance who came to attend the funeral were Mrs. Martin Berry; Minneapolis; Olga Olson, Eau Claire; the Melvin Olson family of Black River Falls; Mrs. Loven, Mr. and Mrs. Merton Peckham and son Lavern, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Koll of Rio. John Olson, on of Ole and Mathia Nevsyven, was born December 13, 1864 in Lillehammer, Norway. He came to America in 1883. On September 6, 1888 he was united in marriage to Anne Halvorson. To this union were born three sons and five daughters, all surviving: Edward at home; Orville, Northfield; Melvin, Black River Falls; Olga, Eau Claire; Agnes, Mrs. Marlin Berry, Minneapolis; Josephine, Mrs. Albert Steen, Mildren, Mrs. Edwin Eid and Blanche , Mrs. Edwin Moe, Northfield. Besides his widow and children, he is survived by one brother, Martin Lee of Northfield and one sister, Mrs. Mina Loven of New Lisbon, 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Except for a few years, he has made his home in the Town of Northfield. He passed away after a brief illness at the age of 80 years, 10 months and six days. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 25, 1944
JOHN T. OLSON (NORWAY)
The remains of John T. Olson were brought here Tuesday from Vienna, South Dakota, for burial, the services being conducted that day. Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. Deceased died of old age, being 89 years, 5 months and 7 days old. He had been confined to his bed about four years. Mrs. Olson was born in Norway. He settled at Racine, this state, 45 years ago and came here in 1875, being one of our old residents. About five years ago he went to Vienna, where he resided with a nephew, a Mr. Torkilson, until his death. Deceased had no children. His wife died several years ago. He gave 30,000 kroner to his parish in Norway. Before removing to South Dakota, he purchased a monument and had it erected on a lot in the village cemetery to the memory of himself and wife. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 18, 1909
MRS. JOHN OLSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. John Olson of Pete Coulee passed away at her home on Saturday, February 19th, 1921 after a lingering illness of eight years duration. Anna Christene Olson was born in Norway, December 25, 1862. She came to this country with her parents in the year 1875 settling in Jackson County. In April 1880, she was united in marriage to John Olson, who survives her. Ten children were born to them, nine of whom are living. They are: four boys, Alfred, Ludwig, Joseph and Georen Olson, all of Taylor; five girls, Mrs. Julius Jacobson of Disco; Mrs. Fred LaPinte and Mrs. Harry Halden both of Bayfield, Wisconsin; Thea and Irene, both of Taylor. All the children were present at the funeral. Besides her husband and children who are left to mourn her death, she leaves fourteen grandchildren, two brothers, Anton and Martin Anderson, and one uncle, Stein Christenson of Pine Creek. Funeral services were held at the Fenney church Thursday of last week, Rev. Urberg and Boe of Blair officiating. Interment was made in the Hjerleid cemetery. THE TAYLOR HERALD - DATE UNKNOWN
MRS. LARS OLSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Lars Olson was born in Norway June 7, 1846. She was united in marriage to Lars Olson in 1870. Eight children were born to this union, of whom five survive their mother. They are: Olaf, Melvin, Louis, Albert and Charles Olson. Mr. Larson Olson died 1914, and since his death, Mrs. Olson has made her home with her son, Charles, near Elk Creek. Mrs. Olson has been in good heath in spite of her age, and her sudden death on Christmas Day, 1927, came as surprise to her host of friends. The funeral took place the Chimney Rock church, of which Mrs. Olson was a member, on Thursday, December 29, Rev. Wichmann officiating. Besides her five sons, she leaves to mourn her death one brother at Oslo, Norway; 33 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 5, 1928
MRS. KNUTE OLSON (LOTEN)
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C.K. Malmin at the Northfield Lutheran church December 26, 1940 for Mrs. Knute Olson, one of the oldest residents of the Northfield area. She would have reached her 94th birthday, February 4, 1941. Preliminary services were held at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Ellingson near Northfield, with whom she lived. Pallbearers were Ole L. Olson, Ole A. Olson, Ole Steen, Oscar B. Olson, Peter Jarstad and Ebert Chester. The Rev. A.J. Oerke assisted with the service. Anne K. Olson was born in Loetten, Norway, February 4, 1847, daughter of Hans and Goner Hanson, and was married in Norway to John Ringsness, who died in 1888. The couple came to America in 1870 and settled in Fitch Coulee, Town of Pigeon, where they lived for about eight years, moving to the Town of Northfield which was her home until her death. She was remarried April 19, 1894 to Knute Olson, who died in 1905. Mrs. Olson is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Ellingson; four grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 2, 1941
MRS. JORGEN OLSON (TINN, TELEMARKEN)
Mrs. Jorgen Olson, of Chimney Rock, died at her home there October 27, 1904, of heart disease, after six months sickness, aged 52 years, 10 months and 18 days. Mrs. Olson was born in Tinn, Telemarken, Norway, December 9, 1851. She emigrated to this country with her mother when nine years old. On May 17, 1870 she was married to Jorgen Olson, who survives her, together with eight children, namely, Lewis, Mrs. Halvor Sveum, Anton, Henry, Misses Mary and Christina, William, and Joakin, all residents of Chimney Rock. Mrs. Olson was an esteemed lady and left many friends to mourn her death. The funeral was held October 31st. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 17, 1904
KNUTE OLSON (HOLT)
Knute Olson, second son of Ole and Anna Halverson, was born October 14, 1868 at Holt, Norway and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Huffman at Mather, Monday, November 30, 1942. Knute received his early education in Norway. He migrated to the United States in 1888 at the age of 20, settling first at Ogdenberg, Wisconsin. A short time later he came to Blair where he was given employment. In 1897 he was united in marriage with Miss Nellie Ellison, a sister of Mrs. C.J. Gilbson, and they conducted a hotel here for some years. Leaving Blair about 35 years ago, they continued the hotel business in Valley Junction and later in Mather until the death of Mrs. Olson in August 1940. After the death of his wife, Mr. Olson made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Fred Huffman. Mr. Olson is survived by five sons and two daughters, all of whom were in attendance at the last rites for their father. Three of the sons came from army camps, Orvil from Oregon, Lewis from Fort Bragg, North Caroline; and Theodore from Virginia where he is on maneuvers. Other children are: Henrietta of Madison, Debs, James and Vera (Mrs. Fred Huffman) of Mather. Funeral services were conducted at Mather Friday afternoon with the pastor from Warrens officiating and Mr. Gibson and Mr. Frederixon in charge. The five sons and the son-in-law were pallbearers. Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Frederixon and Mrs. Harold Johnson went to Mather Friday to attend the services. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 10, 1942
MRS. MARTHA OLSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Mrs. Martha Olson, 95, pioneer Vosse Coulee resident, passed away Friday at the home of her son, Orin Olson in Taylor, following a stroke. Mrs. Olson had made her home with her son since the death of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Murphy, last year. Funeral services were held Monday at the home and at the Trempealeau Valley church with Rev. A. J. Bringle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. As Martha Larson, daughter of Andrew and Kaisa Larson, she was born in Vermland, Sweden July 28, 1847. The family emigrated to America when she was about four years old, settling first in Detroit, Michigan. They soon moved to Dane County, Wisconsin and about 1858 the Larson and Bent Peterson families came to Vosse Coulee in covered wagons and homesteaded adjoining places which have been in possession of the families since that time. Mrs. Olson’s husband Ole Olson, a Civil War veteran, died in 1910 and her brother, Lars, was killed in action in the Civil War. She was the mother of twelve children, seven of whom preceded their mother in death. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Ole Martin, Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Clara Dates and Mrs. Bergine Peterson of Dearborn, Michigan; two sons, Orin and William of Taylor; a sister, Mrs. Anna Fjeld of Blair; 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The death of Mrs. Olson marks the passing of another of the first mittens of this territory who endured the hardships of these early pioneers and by her courage and hardihood reared a large family and assisted them in building up one of the finest farm homes in the community. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 21, 1943
MATHEA OLSON (VERLAND, SWEDEN)
Mathea Pederson Olson was born in Finnskogen in the District of Wermeland, Sweden, March 17, 1861. Her early childhood was spent in that country. In June 1873, at the age of 12, she immigrated to America coming directly to her grandparents near Blair. On December 11, 1895 she was united in marriage to Ole A. Olson and in 1896, moved to their farm in Tamarack, where she resided since and where she met her tragic death early Thursday morning, October 26, 1933. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 28, at 2 o’clock at the home and from the Tamarack Lutheran church, Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. The church was filled with sorrowing relatives and friends. Besides her sorrowing husband, she leaves to mourn her sudden demise two daughters, Mrs. Ed Anderson and Miss Mabel Olson, and one son, John, all residing in Tamarack, and ten grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all members of the Ladies Aid and Mission societies in which she was a faithful worker. Those from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nelsestuen, Cashton; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tostrud, Westby, and Albert Nilsestuen, Warren, Minnesota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 9, 1933
MRS. MARTHA OLSON (BIRI)
Funeral services were held Wednesday for Mrs. Martha Olson, 77, who died Monday, November 11, 1935 at the home of her son, Melvin Olson of South Beaver Creek. She was born in Biri, Norway, January 2, 1858, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Johnson. At the age of seven she came with her parents to America, and had lived in the South Beaver Creek vicinity since. Sixty years ago she was united in marriage to Lars Olson and the couple settled on a farm. Mr. Olson died three years ago. Three brothers and a sister also preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Melvin and Clement and four daughters, Mrs. Emma Quail of Holmen; Mrs. Fred Larson of Galesville; Mrs. Charles Hougstad and Mrs. Gust Gilbertson of Ettrick; 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the home and at the South Beaver Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Pallbearers were six grandsons. Burial was made in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 14, 1935
MARTIN J. OLSON (VARMLAND, SWEDEN)
Martin Julius Olson, son of Christian and Anna Erickson was born in Vermeland, Sweden, May 30, 1880, and passed away Friday, August 10, 1951 at the Black River Falls hospital at the age of 71 years. He had been in ill health the past two years and had been bedridden for six months. Martin came to this country at the age of five years with his parents and settled in Trempealeau County. He had been baptized in his native land but was confirmed at the French Creek Lutheran church by the Rev. Myhre. On December 4, 1922, he was united in marriage to Olive Thorson of Pigeon Falls. Since that time they lived in the Town of Northfield. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Margaret, Mrs. Donald Snyder of Chicago; son, stepson, Roy Thorson of Minneapolis; two sisters, Julia, Mrs. Eddie Nelson of Whitehall and Emma, Mrs. Lawrence Larson of York; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Ida Anderson and Mrs. Anna Fjeld, and one brother Alvin. Mr. Olson was a kind and loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. Funeral services were held Monday, August 13 at the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Rev. Christophersen also sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were Olger Neperud, Oliver Engen, Ingvold Hanson, Tommy Larson, Palmer Lunde and Henry Gilbertson and the flowers were carried by two nieces, Mrs. Peter Faldet and Mrs. Ernest Mickelson. Burial was in the S.L cemetery. Following the services lunch was served in the church basement by relatives of Mrs. Olson. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Thorson and Mary Alice of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Snyder of Chicago, Mrs. Fred Otto and Mrs. Arthur Berg of Eau Claire. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 23, 1951
MIKKEL OLSON (HEDMARK)
Just as he was getting ready for breakfast Saturday morning, Mikkel Olson died at his farm from heart failure. Some time past Mr. Olson has been in poor health and recently was trouble with water on the lungs but an operation at Eau Claire seemed to relieve him. Mr. Olson was born at Hedmark, Norway on August 5, 1841 and came to this country in 1879 and settled on the Unity farm, where he has since lived with the exception of a short time spent in Osseo a few years ago. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and son at home, three daughters, Miss Mattie Olson of Foster; Mrs. M.H. Johnson of Sumner and Berger of Alexandria, Minnesota, also a brother, Mat Olson Paulsburg of Sumner and a sister in the old country. The funeral was held Tuesday from the home and was conducted by Rev. Folkestad of Strum. Reprinted from the Osseo News. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 21, 1916
MATHIAS OLSON (BIRI)
Mathias Olson, one of the very oldest men in the county, died at his home near North Bend on October 22, 1927 at the age of 96 years, 11 months and 6 days. Mr. Olson attained great age with remarkably good health and vigor. Up until a year ago, he continued to do his chores and light work about his farm, wonderfully maintaining his strength and suffering very little of sickness. Last spring, his strength commenced to fail and he gradually weakened until the end came. The funeral services were held on Tuesday at the home and at the Presbyterian church at North Bend, Rev. T.P. Jones of Melrose officiating. Interment was made at the North Bend cemetery. Mr. Olson was born at Biri, Norway on November 16, 1830, the son of Ole and Gunda Olson. He remained in his native land until 1869. In 1857 he was married to Miss Ingeborg Evenson. In 1869 they left Norway on a sailing vessel for America. They were three months on the way. They first located in LaCrosse County, where they remained four years. In 1873 they came to Jackson County and engaged in farming on what is now the Otto Flugstad farm in North Bend. A little later they moved to their own farm, on which he had ever since resided. He was an earnest man , laboring patiently in the development of his property and gaining a competency through his thrift and careful management. Mrs. Olson died on May 25, 1909. Three children also preceded him in death, his only son, Emil passing away 25 years ago, his daughter Augusta on January 20, 1920 and his daughter Atlanta in March 1925. He is survived by his daughter, Miss Jennie, who tenderly cared for him in his last year and four grandsons, Merlin Olson, Alvin Olson, Howard Olson and Harold Olson. Mr. Olson had been a member of the Lutheran church from his boyhood. Living to a great age and witnessing the great transformation of the world in its greatest century, Mr. Olson accepted innovation as a matter of course, and never permitted the change in times and conditions to affect his belief in habits of industry and progress. He held fast to the principles of honesty and integrity, labored for worthy success, and watched the changing world with interested observation. He was a good husband and father and a friendly neighbor. His many friends extend sincere sympathy to his daughter and grandsons in their sorrow. THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 4, 1927
MATT R. OLSON (NORWAY)
Matt R. Olson, a brief mention of whose sudden death was made in last week’s issue of the Herald, passed away at his home in Skutley Coulee on Thursday forenoon, October 13, 1927. Although quite advanced in years, Mr. Olson had been enjoying the best of health. In the morning of the day of his death he arose early as usual but complained of a severe pain in his chest. After a little while he seemed to be relieved and felt much better but passed away suddenly at about ten o’clock in the forenoon, death being caused by apoplexy. Mr. Olson was born in Norway, November 13, 1858, thereby lacking only one month of being 69 years old. He came to this country at the age of 11 years accompanying his father and mother, Ole and Marie Peterson Rodbakken. They located at Rodmill where they resided for some time. Early in life, he took up farming and resided in the Town of Albion until in the fall of 1916 when he bought part of the old Skutley homestead in Skutley Coulee which has since been his home. On July 4th, 1878 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Anderson of Irving and to this union five children were born. Two of these children preceded him in death, and his wife passed away in 1892. The children from this union who are living are: Oliver Olson and Mrs. Johnson Hanson of Irving and Mrs. Louis Hagen of Glendive, Montana. On August 30, 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Hanson Stubrud. Ten children were born to them, nine of whom are living, namely: Mabel, Mrs. Louis Nelson of Beaver Creek; Edwin, Irwin, Hazel, Stella, Marion, Harvey, Norma and Donald, all at home, who together with his wife, 8 grandchildren, one nephew, Melvin Germanson of LaCrosse, and a host of friends are left to mourn his sudden departure. He was a member of the Lutheran church since his boyhood on and for many years was a trustee of the Little Norway church near Black River Falls. Funeral services were held Monday at the Lutheran church in Taylor, Rev. O.O. Lavaas conducting the funeral services. The church was filled to over flowing with relatives and friends who had come to pay their last respect to the departed. F.T. Gibson had charge of the funeral arrangements. After services here, the remains were taken to the Little Norway church of which he had been such a faithful member, and where services were conducted. The remains were laid to rest at the family lot in the church cemetery. THE TAYLOR HERALD - OCTOBER 21, 1927
MRS. MATHILD OLSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Mathilda Olson, 93, Taylor, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 1975 at the Bethany Nursing Home, LaCrosse, where she had lived several years. She was born in Norway on December 19, 1881 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nesseth. She came to Jackson County as a young woman. Following her marriage to Peter N. Olson at Black River Falls, the couple lived in Taylor where he was a jeweler. They lived in Taylor from 1911 until his death in 1954, when she moved to Onalaska to be near a daughter. Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Alice) Jacobson, Onalaska, and Mrs. Earl (Mildred) Evenson, Racine; two son, Edwin, Racine and Raymond, LaCrosse; two sisters, Mrs. George (Anna) Dettinger, Mrs. Herman (Esther) Pichler, Black River Falls; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Friday, February 21, 1975 at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Lutheran Church with the Rev. Vern J. Barlow officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends were to call at the Jensen Funeral Home, Hixton, on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Friday at the church at 1 p.m. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 27, 1975
MRS. MATTIE MILLER OLSON (TELEMARKEN)
Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Miller Olson who passed away at the Community hospital in Whitehall Thursday, December 22, were held at the Zion Lutheran church Monday, December 25, 1949 with the Rev. L.W. Halvorson officiating. Mrs. F.W. Herreid and Mrs. A.J. Sather sang favorite hymns of the deceased at the church and Harrison Immell, C.B. Immell, William Lysdahl, Ernest Helgeson, Guy Shephard and Dr. G. Toraason, served as pallbearers. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mattie Miller was born on August 8, 1860 in Telmarken, Norway, the daughter of Harvey and Anna Christine Miller. She immigrated to America in May 1880 and was employed for some time in Blair, Arcadia and Eau Claire before her marriage in 1884 to Henry Olson. The couple established a home near Blair and this community had been her home ever since that time, a period of about 66 years. Mr. Olson died in 1938. There were no children. Mrs. Olson is survived by her brother, Ole Miller, who has cared for her during her declining years, four nieces and six nephews besides other relatives in Mr. Olson’s family. She was beloved by neighbors and friends and during her more active years, was a helper and benefactor in many homes in the community. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 29, 1949
MRS. MATT OLSON (VARDAL)
Mrs. Olive Olson Helium was born at Vardal, Norway, June 4th, 1855, and came with her parents to this country in 1873. She was married to Matt Olson in 1876. They made their home on their farm ¾’s of a mile northeast of Taylor. Her husband died in 1910. To this union eight children were born: three died in infancy, a daughter Mrs. George Bergseth died two years ago and there remains Manford of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Segar and Clarence of Taylor; and Charles of Eau Claire. For 52 years she lived on the farm near Taylor. During the past year she has been ailing with heart trouble and the end came peacefully Saturday, February 11, at 8:30 a.m. She was a member of the Trempealeau Valley church a lady of exceptionally winning disposition who endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 14th at 1:30 at the home and 2:30 at the Trempealeau Valley church, Rev. Sweger officiating. The Taylor choir sang “Jesus Care” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 16, 1928
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MATHIAS OLSON (NAXDAHL)
Died, at his home in this village, Tuesday, April. 24, at 10:00 a.m., Mathias Olson, after a short illness following a paralytic stroke. Mathias Olson was born in Naxdahl, Norway, in 1826 and had reached the ripe old age of nearly 91 years. He was married to Miss Mattie Berg in 1858 and to this union were born 15 children. The four oldest, Anton, Gilbert, Olive and Christ were born in Norway and came with their parents to America in 1866. They first lived in Lewis Valley near LaCrosse, then went to the Tamarack where he took a homestead. They remained there for several years and came to Independence about 1891, where they have since lived. Four children preceded him in death; Christ, Fanny, Nellie (Mrs. Truax) and Martin. His aged wife and eleven children survive him. The living are: Mrs. Iver Thompson (Caroline) of Lampson; Mrs. Albert Hanson (Olive) of Whitehall; Mrs. C. Bennet (Millie) of LaCrosse; Mrs. W. Hegge (Tillie) of Galesville; Anton; Gilbert; Theodore; Lewis; Ole; James and Annie (Mrs. Del Nichols) of Independence. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Lutheran church. Reprinted from the Independence News. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 3, 1917
MRS. O.P. OLSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Mrs. O.P. Olson passed away after a brief illness at her home at 2522 Elliot Ave., Minneapolis on Friday morning, January 29, 1937 at 5:30 a.m. She suffered a stroke on Wednesday evening from which she never regained consciousness. Mrs. Olson was born June 30, 1869 at Vaaler in Solar, Norway. She came to the United States 48 years ago and resided in Minneapolis practically all the time. She was a sister of the late Martin Mathson who passed away six days before she did. On April 24, 1901 she was married to Mr. Olson. Surviving besides her husband are five sisters, Mrs. Jennie Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama; Mrs. August Adams of Minneapolis; Mrs. Carl J. Thysell of Hawley, Minnesota; Mrs. B. O. Tenneson of Blair and Mrs. Tina Gunderson of Norway. Funeral services were conducted from the South Beaver Creek church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 4, 1937
MRS. NETTIE OLSON (VARDAHL)
With contentment in mind and peace with God in her soul, Mrs. Nettie Olson went home to Heaven just as quietly and modestly as had always been her manner through life. The closing chapter of her life was written at noon on Saturday, November 21, 1936. Antonette Snuggerud was born in Vardahl, Norway on February 5, 1865 to the parents Johannes Snuggerud and his wife, Agnethe. In Norway, up in Vardahl, she was baptized as a little child, and thus began the Christian life which she lived. In 1869 the family came to America to the old Norwegian settlement at Half Way Creek where they made their home. It was in Half Way Creek that she grew up. There she was educated and there she received her Christian instruction, and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the late Rev. Wallert Frick. In 1885 she was united in marriage with Christian Olson Hobrenden at Half Way parsonage by the Rev. O.C.O. Hjort. For 16 years they lived in Half Way, and there her children were all born. In 1901 they moved to this territory and purchased their home farm in Larkin Valley where they have since resided. The husband did not live long after they came to these parts, however, passing away in 1908. His body now rests at Rest Haven. Mrs. Olson was a member of the First Lutheran church who was much interested in the spiritual welfare of her soul and those of her loved ones. She loyally supported both her pastors and congregation. Her health failed her during the last years and she spent several periods in bed with ailments. Her daughter, Agnes, has been her constant companion through the years of her strength as well as in the declining days. She was taken ill again the middle of November and the end came rapidly. Funeral services were held from the home in Larkin Valley and from the First Lutheran church on Tuesday, November 24, with Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was made at Rest Haven. She is survived by the following children: Otto, Aldin, Agnes, Oscar and Herman, a grandchild Arleen, and a brother, Olaf Snuggerud. The sympathy of The Press and a host of friends is extended to the bereaved. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 2, 1936
NILS ADOLPH OLSON (NORWAY)
Nils Adolph Olson died at a hospital at Elgin, North Dakota, Friday, May 3rd, following an illness of several days with pneumonia. Mr. Olson was born in Norway on June 16, 1865. His parents were Abraham and Adrianne Olson. When about a year old, he came with his parents to this country and settled in Adams County, Wisconsin, where he lived until about eight years old. Then he moved to Trempealeau County to the valley which is known as Borst Valley. When only a young lad about nineteen years old, he went to North Dakota, where he was employed near and in La Moure, and later he took up a homestead near Elgin, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. Olson’s parents died several years ago. A brother, George, of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Mrs. Dr. Holberg (Christine) of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Erick Skammer (Sarah) of Eau Claire; and Mrs. Oliver Anderson (Lena) of Linton, North Dakota, have also preceded him in death; and the following sisters and brothers surviving: Mrs. Othella Larson of Eau Claire; Marie Olson of Chimney Rock; Olaf J. of Chicago; and Albert A. Olson of Strum. The two brothers were with him when he passed away and brought the remains to Strum where interment was made at St Paul’s cemetery on May 10. On account of Rev. Hjemboe’s absence, Rev. Preus officiated. Six nephews of the deceased were pallbearers - E.B. Skamer; Arthur Skamer, Lloyd Larson; Tom Larson, George Olson and Roy Mills. Those from away who were here to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Othelia Larson, Lloyd Larson and family, Roy Mills and family, Erick Skamer, A.A. Skamer, E.B Skamer and family, all of Eau Claire; Olaf J. Olson, Mrs. George Olson, daughter Dorothy, son George of Chicago, Illinois; and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Larson of Owen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 30, 1929
OLE C. OLSON (GRUE, SOLAR)
Ole C. Olson was born February 9, 1845 at Grue, Solar, Norway. When 22 years old he emigrated to America and in July 1867 arrived at Decorah, Iowa, where he stayed till fall when he moved to Trempealeau Valley where he remained until 1870. He then took the homestead near Chimney Rock that afterwards was his home for 55 years. January 13, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Paulson. Rev. Moeller officiated at the wedding. To this union were born nine children of whom one son, Otto, preceded his father in death. Ole C. Olson leaves to mourn his death his aged wife, two sons and six daughters. Mr. Olson has been ailing since last winter but was up and around everyday until April 28 when he was taken to the Whitehall hospital. He succumbed May 6 and was buried from the Chimney Rock church Monday the 11th. The large funeral procession gave evidence that Mr. Olson had a host of friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 4, 1925
OLE M. OLSON (BIRI)
Ole M Olson, 73, of Strum, died at the Lutheran hospital, Eau Claire, at 4 a.m. November 12. He was born in Biri, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, July 4, 1864. Coming to America with his parents at the age of eight years, they settled at Sparta. After four years they moved to Strum. As a young man he went north to work in the woods. He has been very active in community affairs. For 15 years he was assessor of the Town of Clear Creek, served on the school board and town board, and at the time of his death, was one of the directors of the Strum Telephone Co. His wife preceded him in death just two years ago on November 3, 1935. He was an active member of the West Beef River church in all its organizations. About twenty years ago, his eyesight began to fail and consulted numbers of specialists without help. He is survived by three sons and five daughters, Arthur at home; Victor, Clear Lake; Louise at home; Mrs. William Toppel, Eau Claire; Mrs. Jens Kavestad, Osseo; Mrs. Leo Olson, Eau Claire; Melvin of Strum; and Mrs. R.E. Berg, Clear Creek. Nine grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Rustad and Mrs. K. R. Jacobson of Eau Claire; and five brothers, Tobias, Emil, John, Chris and Oscar, all living in and near Strum, also survive. Funeral services were held at 1:30 .m. Sunday at the farm home and 2 o’clock at the West Beef River church at Strum, the Rev. N.A. Berntson officiating. The pallbearers were five brothers and Mr. Jacobson, a brother-in-law. The funeral was highly attended. Reprinted from the Tri-County News. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 2, 1937
MRS. OSCAR OLSON (HOUGSUND)
Mrs. Oscar Olson was born near Hougsund, Norway, March 17, 1852, and died at Eau Claire Sunday morning, January 20, 1935. In 1875, the subject of this sketch was married to Olaus Mattison and came with him to America in 1981, settling in Eau Claire. For 18years they lived in that city before moving to a farm in Pleasant Valley. Mr. Mattison died in 1919. Four years later, in 1923, Mrs. Mattison was united in wedlock to Oscar Olson, living with him Eau Claire until her death. Enjoying splendid health through all her years, her passing came suddenly a surprise to her relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from Lenmark’s Undertaking rooms January 23, and the remains were placed in a vault at Forest Hill cemetery until spring, when interment will be made at the Pleasant Valley cemetery. Surviving the deceased are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Magnus Moen of Eleva, three sons, Oscar, Christ and Eddie Mattison, all of Eau Claire; one sister, Mrs. Gena Hanson of Hayward; one brother in Norway and eight grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 31, 1935
MRS OLE M. OLSON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Toneta Thompson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, August 30, 1863. She came to America at the age of 18 years and settled with her sister, Mrs. Ole Thompson of Curtiss, Wisconsin. On May 19, 1888, she was married to Ole M. Olson of Strum. They settled in Eau Claire and in the year 1895, moved to Big Creek on the farm where they lived until the time of her death. To this union eight children were born. They are all living and were all present at her bedside when she passed away. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Clara, Mrs. R.E. Berg of Strum; Melvin T. of Strum; Tulina, Mrs. Leo R. Olson of Eau Claire; Julia, Mrs. Jens Klavestad of Osseo; Ella, Mrs. William Toppel of Eau Claire; Louise and Arthur at home; and Victor of Strum. There are also nine grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. A.G. Solie of LaCrosse and Mrs. Margit Bjerke of Oslo, Norway; three brothers, Mathias Thompson, Andrew Thompson and Christian Thompson, all of Westby, Wisconsin. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, November 5, at one o’clock from the house and at 1:30 from the West Beef River Church at Strum, the Rev. N.A. Berntson officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 14, 1935
OLE L. OLSON (RINGSAKER)
Funeral rites were held Saturday, November 4, at the Northfield church, the Rev. C. K. Malmin of Pigeon Falls officiating for Ole L. Olson who passed away October 27 at the age of 73 at his farm home 1 ½ miles northeast of Northfield. Death was caused from heart trouble. Mrs. E.A. Slettleland of Pigeon Falls sang “In Heaven Above” and Rev. Malmin sang, “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were John Amundson, Lewie Moe, Peter Jarstad, Anton Ellingson, Theodore Ellingson and Ole Steen, all of Northfield. Flower girls were Leone Larson of Eau Claire, Lorraine Ellingson of Northfield and Dorothy and Donna Melby of Pigeon Falls. Mr. Olson was born September 20, 1871 in Ringsaker, Norway. He came to this country at the age of four years. On December 7, 1904, he was united in marriage to Clara Olson of Northfield at the S.L. parsonage, the Rev. A.J. Oerke performing the ceremony. He spent his life farming. Surviving relatives besides his wife are one son, Arnold, at home; and one daughter, Melva, Mrs. Marvin Melby of Pigeon Falls; three sister, Mrs. Nettie Gorgery of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Carl Anderson of Taylor; and Mrs. Martin Olson of Hixton; three brothers, Ludwig Olson of Woodburn, Washington; Oscar L. Olson of Spooner and Hans Olson of Montana; also three grandchildren, Dorothy, Donna and Wallen Melby. Those who preceded him in death besides his parents, Lars and Mary Olson, were one sister, Mrs. Jake Johnson of Taylor, two brothers, Michael of LaCrosse and Martin of Montana; and one daughter, Viola, who died at the age of three years Attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John Bryn, Oliver and John Gilbertson and Mrs. McClintnot of Mindoro, Oscar L. Olson of Spooner, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Marshfield, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Chester, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Larson and daughter Leone of Eau Claire. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 9, 1944
MRS. PETER A. OLSON (HOF, SOLAR)
Mrs. Peter A. Olson of Chimney Rock died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Olai Insteness, Wednesday, November 27, aged 71 years. Funeral services were held at the Eleva Lutheran church, conducted by the Rev. A. Wichmann the following Monday. The Reverend sang a solo, “I Himmelen, I Himmelen,” and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Rhode of Whitehall contributed a vocal duet, “Softly and Tenderly.” Pallbearers were Carl Sletten, Charley Carlson, Morris Gunderson, Emi Johnson, Melvin Olson and Chris Slette; flower girls, Ima Lee, Arly Insteness, Phoebe and Marjorie Olson. Memory wreaths were given by the Chimney Rock Ladies Aid and neighbors and friends to home missions and charity in honor of the deceased. Burial was made in the Chimney Rock cemetery. Mrs. Olson, nee Bertha Chrisitanson, was born in Hof, Solar, Norway, April 11, 1864, daughter of Gunerius Christianson and Maarie Hanson Christianson, his wife. At the age of four years, she came to America with her parents immediately to the Town of Chimney Rock in Trempealeau County where she was to spend the remaining 67 years of her life. Bertha was confirmed in the first church of the Chimney Rock community by the Rev. H.A. Heyer. She was married to Peter A. Olson in 1883 and to them ten children were born, three of whom preceded her in death. Mr. Olson died August 28, 1905. Mrs. Olson remained on the farm where she and her husband reared their children until she was taken sick about two months before her death. Then she was moved to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Insteness, where she was relieved of her suffering. Survivors are seven children: two sons, Alfred of Chimney Rock and Palmer of Unity; and five daughters, Mrs. Bert Peterson of La Moure, North Dakota; Mrs. Olai Insteness and Mrs. Russell Paulson of Chimney Rock; Nina at the Oak Forest Sanatorium, Onalaska; and Mrs. Palmer J. Lee of Strum; 17 grandchildren; besides two brothers, Gust Gilbertson of Elk Creek and Chris Gilbertson of Eau Claire; and three sisters, Mrs. Melvin Olson of Chimney Rock, Mrs. Olius Dahl of French Creek and Mrs. William Mozzone of Eau Claire. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 12, 1935
MRS. STENER OLSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Stener Olson passed away at her home in Shake Hallow last Friday morning, October 14, 1921 at 5 o’clock after a lingering illness of two years duration, at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 8 days. Lena Iverson was born in Norway and was married to Stener Olson in that country. Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Olson came to America and settled on a farm in Shake Hollow, which has been their home since. Mr. and Mrs. Olson were blessed with four sons and four daughters, viz: Hans, Herman, and Sam, all of Superior; Melvin who resides at home; Mrs. Ingwald Iverson of Pete Coulee; Mrs. Lizzie Burch on the home farm; Mrs. Adolph Smith of St. Paul and Miss Bessie at home. Mrs. Olson was a kind and devoted wife and mother and always strived to do what was right. She was a true Christian and brought her large family up in that faith. She was untiring worker as long as she was able but when her health failed her, she had to give up. Her husband passed away 1 ½ years ago last June. Besides her family of children, leaves one sister, Mrs. Albion Mattson of the Town of Brockway; and two brothers, Hans Iverson of Taylor and Anton Iverson of Canada. All of her children and her sister and brother, Hans, were present at the last sad rites. She was also an aunt of Mrs. Carlson, Henry, Albert and Miss Mabel Berg and August Mattson of this city, who were also present at the funeral, her nephew Augus Mattson having charge of the funeral arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 27, 1921
SEVER OLSON (NORWAY)
Sever Olson, pioneer of Bruce Valley, died quietly in his sleep early Thursday morning, January 14. Had he lived until January 29, he would have been 87 years old. His health had always been very good and his death came as a reward of old age. His wife, ten years younger, survives him. Mr. Olson was born in Norway, January 29, 1849, son of Ole and Karen Olson. He was baptized and confirmed in his native land and came to America when he was 21 years old. Only one other member of his family, a sister, also immigrated, and he was the last surviving of his brothers and sisters. The first year of his life in this country was spent at Black River Falls, after which he came to Bruce Valley to work on the farm which he later bought and made his lifelong home. At the age of 28, he married Miss Minnie Halvorson, and to them nine children were born, two of whom died in infancy. Those surviving their father are: Matilda, Mrs. P.L. Johnson of Eleva; Ole, Osseo; Fannie, Mrs. Alex Wright of Stanton, Minnesota; Hilda, Mrs. Al Bradison, Cambridge; Mary, Mrs. Herman D. Briggs, Whitehall; Albert, Whitehall and Hannah, Mrs. Harold Gunderson, who with her husband and family stayed on the home place with her aged parents. Besides his wife and children, Mr. Olson is survived by 41 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Six grandsons served as pallbearers at the funeral; namely, Harry Bradison, George and Tracy Briggs, Sylvan and Orville Olson and Gordon Gunderson. A granddaughter, Kathryn Briggs, carried flowers, but instead of a profusion of flowers, liberal memorial were sent to missions and the St. Olaf College broadcasting station at Northfield, Minnesota, in honor of the deceased. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home for the benefit of Mrs. Olson, who was not able to go out into the wintry air, and at the Bruce Valley church, the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen officiating in the Norwegian and English. The church choir sang at the services, “One Sweetly Solemn Thought” and “Abide With Me.” Burial was in the Bruce Valley cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 21, 1937
MRS. SEVER OLSON (SOLAR)
Funeral services for Mrs. Sever Olson, pioneer of Bruce Valley, who died quietly at her home at 6 o’clock Tuesday morning, August 2, at the age of 78 years, were held at the home and the Bruce Valley church Friday afternoon, the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen officiating in both the English and Norwegian languages. The choir sang two songs at the last rites, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” and Narmere Min Gud Til Dig.” Pallbearers were six grandsons, Harry and George Bradison, George and Tracy Briggs, Sylvin Olson and Floyd Gunderson, while four granddaughters, Helen Gunderson, Rose Mary Olson, Kathryn Briggs and Pearl Johnson carried flowers. Mrs. Olson was born in Solar, Norway, February 5, 1859, daughter of Ole and Anna Mary Halvorson. She was baptized in her native land and confirmed in this country at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church. She came to America with her parents when she was 10 years old. At the age of 18, she was united in marriage to Sever Olson. Mr. Olson died on January 4, 1937. Before her passing, Mrs. Olson had been confined to her home for five months with heart trouble and complications, but her suffering was not great until the last few days. Surviving the deceased are five daughters and two sons; namely, Mathilda, Mrs. P.L. Johnson; Fannie, Mrs. Alex Wright, Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Hilda Bradison, Cambridge, Wisconsin; Mary, Mrs. Herman Briggs, Whitehall; Ole Olson, Osseo; Albert Olson, Blair; and Hanna, Mrs. Harold Gunderson who with her husband and family came to stay on the home place with their aged parents a few years ago. Besides the children, there are 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Andrew Kensmoe and Mrs. Martha Insteness, and four brothers, Halvor, Ole, Morris and Albert Halvorson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 11, 1938
THORBIN C. OLSON (OSLO)
Thorbin C. Olson, 78, Route #1, Ettrick, passed away Saturday, July 19, 1980 at his home. He was born in Oslo, Norway, December 22, 1901 to Christian and Hannah Olson. He married Vivian Van Vleet on March 15, 1930. Olson formerly worked at the Gale Packing Co., Galesville, and was a farmer. He was a member of North Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife; one son, LeRoy of Ettrick; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Betty Lou) Lissack, Milwaukee; and Mrs. Harry (Barbara) Stai of Menomonie; five grandchildren; one brother, Howard of West Salem; and two sisters, Mrs. Esther Berry of LaCrosse and Mrs. Martha Chuck of Milwaukee. One daughter and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 22, 1980, 2 p.m. at Smith Mortuary, Galesville. Rev. Herman Madland officiated. Burial was in the Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville. Memorials may have been given to the World Missions and World Hunger. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 24, 1980
SIMON OLSON (LILLEHAMMER)
Simon Olson died at his home in this village at 2:50 o’clock last Monday morning, December 14, 1896 of Bright’s disease and asthma, after thirteen weeks’ illness, aged 52 years, 5 months and 24 days. Deceased was born in Lillehanmer, Norway, June 20, 1844 where he was reared and educated. He came to this country with his parents in 1866, settling at Coon Prairie, this state. In 1869 the family removed to this county, locating in the Town of Unity. The subject of this sketch was one of ten children, three sons and seven daughters. In 1882 he was married in Unity to Miss Johanne Engebretson, by whom he had one daughter, Miss Clara, who was born January 16, 1883. Mr. Olson served his town as assessor four years and town clerk seven years. In the fall of 1886 he was elected to register of deeds of Trempealeau County succeeding J.O. Melby, and held the office six years making an efficient officer. Shortly after going out of office, he purchased what is known as the Tull horticultural farm upon which he resided and cultivated the place until purchasing the Warner hardware building about a year ago and engaging therein in the meat market business, which occupation he followed until obliged to discontinue work on account of sickness. Mr. Olson was a representative citizen and possessed the confidence and esteem of his numerous acquaintances. He was a devoted husband and kind and indulgent parent. He leaves a wife and daughter to mourn his death. He carried a life policy in the Bankers’ Insurance Co. of $2000 and leaves considerable real estate, upon which there is a small encumbrance. It is safe to say that he leaves his wife and child in comfortable financial circumstances. The funeral was held at the H.E. church Tuesday, the services being conducted by Rev. Gulbrandson, of Blair, and Rev. Bryan, of this place. A large concourse of friends attended the sad rites. The remains were interred in the village cemetery. Mrs. Ole Dahl, sister of the deceased, and her son, Andrew, Peter Nelson and family and Anton Davidson, a brother-in-law - all of Unity attended the funeral. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - DECEMBER 176, 1896
MRS. SIMON OLSON (LILLEHAMMER)
Mrs. Simon Olson passed away at her home in this village December 22 of sudden heart failure, aged 80 years, 11 months and 21 days. Johanne Ingebretson was born in Lillehammer, Norway, January 1, 1844, the youngest of five children of Ingebret and Dorthe Slaatsven. She remained in Norway until after the death of her parents, joining her sister Christine (who died in 1913) at St. Paul in 1881, and going from there to Brown’s Valley to be employed for about a year. In 1882 she was married to Simon Olson, who had come to America several years earlier from the same little village in Norway. They made their home on the old home farm near Strum, which is now owned by A.M. Davidson. Mr. and Mrs. Olson and little daughter came to Whitehall in 1886, or early in 1887, when Mr. Olson was elected register of deeds of this county. Mr. Olson died in 1896. Mrs. Olson was a devoted wife, and in no less degree a devoted mother. Those who knew her prior to the last twelve or fifteen years of her life knew her as a bright, energetic and capable woman, a notable cook and housewife, who did not fear to tackle the tasks that came to her to do, nor stopping until they were accomplished. Since that time her mind has quite gradually failed until she became as a little child, often not knowing those about her. The last five or six years have been spent almost entirely in bed. The end came peacefully with no period of illness, other than a gradual weakening until the heart failed and she quietly slept in death. Though Mrs. Olson’s mind has not been clear enough for conversation with her, those about her frequently heard her trying to repeat aloud to herself verses or parts of prayers well learned in her youth and came back to be a comfort to her. Mrs. Olson was a charter member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid society and of Rev. Orke’s church of this place and was an active worker of both. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the home and from Our Saviour’s Lutheran church. Revs. Orke and Hofstad officiating, and J.E. Rhode in charge. The pallbearers were: A.O. Melby, J.J. Vold, H.A. Anderson, M.T. Elstad, L.L. Solberg and N.L. Fredrickson. Interment was on the family lot in Lincoln cemetery. The only surviving relatives of Mrs. Olson are her daughter, Mrs. WA. Lieberg and the immediate family, besides nieces and nephews. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 8, 1925
MARTHA OLSON (SWEDEN)
Mrs. Martha Olson died at the home of her son, E.P. Olson, in the Town of North Bend, Tuesday morning, July 25, 1911, after an illness of five months due to the infirmities of old age and heart failure. Mrs. Olson was born in Sweden, October 23, 1833, and grew to womanhood and was married in her native country to Peter Olson. The family emigrated to the United States in 1868, locating on the Olson homestead at Lee, Jackson County, Wisconsin, where she has always resided. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Olson, sox of whom have preceded the mother in death. The children living are Ole P. Olson, Minneapolis; Chairman E.P. Olson of Lee; Lawrence Olson of Melrose. The husband and father died in 1886. Mrs. Olson was a true Christian woman, a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of South Beaver Creek, nearly since its organization and was loved and respected by all who were favored with her acquaintance. The pastor of her church, Rev. Bestul, conducted the funeral services which were held Thursday, July 27, at 1:00 in the afternoon, and the remains were laid to final repose beside her husband in South Beaver Creek cemetery. Funeral Director F.H. Smith of Melrose had charge of arrangements and there was a large attendance of relatives, neighbors and friends at the services. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS (Also researching this family is Verda Olson Stewart
TOBIAS OLSON (SONDRELAND, NORWAY)
Tobias Olson, a resident of Galesville until his death, July 7, 1913, was engaged for a number of years in agricultural pursuits in Trempealeau County, and was a citizen well known and respected. He was born in Sondredland, Norway, March 7, 1836, son of Tosten and Marit Olson, who were natives of the same place. Coming to Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin, with his family, Tosten Olson worked as a farm hand for a short time. He then moved to French Creek, Trempealeau County and was engaged in farming there until his death. His wife also died on that farm. Their family numbered five children, of whom Tobias was the youngest. Tobias Olson attended school in Sondreland, Norway, until he was nine years old. He was then sent successively to Denmark and German to learn the languages and also the tailor's trade, at which he worked in Denmark about seven years. In 1861 he came to the United States with his parents. Remaining with them for a year subsequently, he then went to LaCrosse, where he worked at tailoring and also opened a general store, being engaged in business there for a number of years Then selling out his business he moved to Frenchville, Gale Township, and engaged in the mercantile business for many years. He then rented his store and moved to LaCrosse, where he remained one year, then returned to Gale Township, where he devoted the next 12 years of his life to agriculture. The rest of his life was spent retired in Galesville, his death, however, occurring at the Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, following an operation. He was a member of the Synod Lutheran Church. A Republican in politics, at various times, he held local office and was postmaster for a number of terms in Frenchville. July 21, 1894, Tobias Olson was married to Nettie Linnerud, who was born at French Creek, Wisconsin, daughter of Andrew and Gunnild (Nilson) Linnerud. Her parents were born in Sondreland, Norway, the mother September 3, 1825. Andrew Linnerud, who was a farmer, came to Coon Valley, Wisconsin, with Mr. Olson's father in 1861 and worked for others on farms for about a year. He then purchased land on French Creek and was there engaged in agriculture till three years before his death, when his health became impaired. He died at Frenchville October 30, 1903. His wife, who survived him, died at the home of her son, John, December 8, 1915. Their daughter, Nettie, who was born July 20, 1864, was the fourth born of six children. Mr. and Mrs. Tobias Olson had one child, Oscar Albert, who was born in Frenchville, Wisconsin, January 21, 1896. He graduated from the Frenchville grammar school, and from the Galesville High School in the class of 1915 and is now attending the University of Wisconsin. Mrs. Olson has recently sold the home farm and has a comfortable modern home in Galesville. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
LOUIS CRAWFORD OLSON (WILD ROSE, WAUSHARA COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Louise Crawford Olson, manager of the Arctic Springs Creamery at Galesville, was born at Wild Rose, Waushara County, Wisconsin, May 13, 1885. His parents were Louis and Ida (Nelson) Olson. The father, who was born in Norway, June 5, 1849, was brought to the United States when a child of four years and was reared in Wisconsin, becoming a farmer and landowner near Wild Rose. He has held various local offices and is still in active life. His parents reside in that vicinity. His wife Ida was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, April 10, 1855. Louis Crawford Olson was the youngest of four children, of whom three are still living. He attended the grammar and high school at Wild Rose, also business college in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, subsequently taking a course in the dairying at the University of Wisconsin. When about 18 years of age he was given the practical management of his parents farm and remained at home until about 1911 when he entered the employ of the Wild Rose Creamery Company, with whom he remained two years. It was immediately after this that he took the diary course at the university. He then spent a year in Peshtigo, Wisconsin at the end of which time he came to Galesville to assume the duties of his present position. He is also a stockholder in the Wild Rose Creamery Company, but devotes his entire time to the creamery in Galesville. Mr. Olson was married June 5, 1913 to Jane Ramsdale, who was born in Madison, daughter of Frank and Mary (Jones) Ramsdale. Her parents were natives, respectively of Madison and Cambria, Wisconsin. The father, who was a printer in early life, about the year 1900 became connected with the State Fish Commission, and is at present in its employ. He and his wife reside at Wild Rose, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Olson are the parents of a daughter, Lorraine Clara. Mr. Olson belongs to the Masonic lodge at Wild Rose, No. 274, and to the Eastern Star in Galesville. In politics he is a Republican. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MARCUS OLSON (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Marcus Olson, who is conducting a farm of 78 acres in sections 10 and 15, Gale Township, was born in Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, December 28, 1873, son of Samuel and Bertha (Larson) Olson. The parents were natives of Biri, Norway, in which country they were married. On coming to this country they settled near Sparta, Wisconsin, from which place they later removed to Ettrick Township, where Samuel Olson engaged in farming. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted early in the Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, Company B, and served until the close of the war, escaping death, wounds and imprisonment. He is now a resident of Gale Township, and is a widower, his wife having died in February, 1900. Their family was large, numbering 12 children, Marcus being the fourth in order of birth. Marcus Olson was obliged to support himself at the early age of 10 years, working for his clothing and board. Besides doing farm work, he learned the carpenter's trade and worked at it for a number of years at intervals. Later he engaged in hauling cream to the creamery at Galesville and was thus occupied for 12 years. In 1907 he bought his present farm and has since resided on it, carrying on general farming and dairying. He has made extensive improvements on the place and now has good modern buildings with an adequate supply of tools and implements and all the accessories needed for modern agriculture. Besides operating his farm he still hauls cream to the creamery. Mr. Olson was married June 15, 1899, to Julia Jurgensen, who was born at French Creek, Ettrick Township, daughter of Simon and Agnes (Johnson) Jurgensen. Her parents were natives of Norway, the father born June 15, 1830, the mother in 1834. Simon Jurgensen, who died in August 1916, was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in the same company and regiment as Samuel Olson, the father of the subject of this sketch. Receiving a gunshot wound in battle, he was sent home disabled, but recovering sufficiently, he returned to the army and served until the close of the war. The greater part of his life was spent in farming. His wife died in 1908. Their daughter, Julia, who was the ninth born in a family of 12 children, was educated in the schools of Ettrick Township. Mr. and Mrs. Olson are the parents of six children: Aslang Lelma, Bert Selinar, Mabel Josephine, Lester Vilas, Clarence Richard and Hazel Irene, all of whom are residing at home. The Olson family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Olson gives his political allegiance to the Republican part, but is not active in politics, devoting his entire attention to his farm, his cream route and his home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
TOBIAS M. OLSON (GULBRANDSDALEN, NORWAY)
Tobias M. Olson, who has extensive mercantile and farming interests in the village of Strum and Unity Township, was born in Gulbrandsdaen, Norway, March 2, 1869. His father, Michael, who was born in Norway in 1834, married Kari Tandlokken, who was born in that country November 14, 1836. In 1872 the family, which then included eight children, left their native land for the United States and settled in Monroe County, Wisconsin. Here they remained five years, and then in 1877, came to Unity Township, Trempealeau County, where the father bought 80 acres of land in section 9, on which he spent the rest of his life, engaged in farming. His death occurred September 12, 1885. His wife, who survives him, resides with her son, the subject of this sketch. Tobias M. Olson, who was brought up to agricultural work, operated the home farm from the time of his father's death until 1910, and is still the owner of the property. On March 1, 1897 he purchased 160 acres constituting the northeast quarter of section 22, where he now lives. Here he has built at a cost of $10,000 a fine three-story and basement solid brick house, 34 by 35 feet in ground dimensions, and containing 12 rooms. The furnishings are strictly modern, including quarter-sawed oak finish and floors, with electric lights and other conveniences. He has also very large barns and out-buildings, electrically lighted, and in addition owns several other farms, both in Unity and Sumner Townships. In 1897 Mr. Olson bought an interest in a hardware and implement business at Strum, with John A. Call, and was engaged in business there for two years. In 1899 the firm was dissolved, since which time Mr. Olson has carried on the implement business alone. His brick store at Strum, 30 by 70 feet, two stories and basement, which he uses for implements and automobiles, was erected in 1913. In 1898 he built a large grain elevator at Strum, and in 1916, another at Eleva, and both of these he operates at the present time. His business interests have grown with good management until he now is recognized as the most prominent businessman in the community, his transactions being the most extensive. December 25, 1900, Mr. Olson was married to Mary Romundstad of Unity Township, who was born in this township January 15, 1877, and whose father, Ole O. Romundstad, is a farmer in Eau Claire County. Seven children have been born of this marriage: Milton (who died at the age of 7 months), Myrtle, Edwin, Ruth, Helen, Olga and Harriet Thelma. Mr. Olson is a member of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran church. His example should be an inspiring one to all young men just starting in life, proving, as it does, that industry and perseverance, guided by intelligence, still meets with due reward. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
LUDWIG C. OLSON (ULENSAGER, NORWAY)
Ludwig C. Olson, who was actively connected with the farming industry of Pigeon Township, as proprietor of Maple Dale Stock Farm, in section 34, town 23 north, range 7 west, was born in Ulensager, Norway, October 24, 1858. His father was Christopher Olson, who was born in Norway in 1829 and who came to the United States in 1870 settling in Dane County, Wisconsin. In 1873 Christopher located in Trempealeau County, homesteading the farm owned and operated by his son Ludwig until the latter's death. He obtained it by buying the relinquishment of the widow of Hans Harralsrud. Here he spent many years in improving the property, tilling the land and erecting buildings, and here he died at an advanced age in January 1916. His first wife, mother of Ludwig, whose maiden name was Inga Marie Larson, was born in Norway in 1824. She died many years before her husband, passing away in May 1874. In January of the following year Christopher Olson married for his second wife, Mrs. Karen Harralsrud, widow of Hans Harralsrud, from whom he had obtained his farm. She is now living near Whitehall. Ludwig C. Olson at an early age became acquainted with all the various duties of farm life. At the age of 18 he began working out for others and was thus occupied until 1888. He then bought a farm - then containing 160 acres - from his father, he and his brother, Ole C. Harralsrud dividing it between them. In its present condition it is a well-improved piece of property, having a good house and barns. Mr. Olson bred Holstein cattle, having a herd of about 50 graded animals. He purchased a home in Pigeon Falls, to which he moved in the fall of 1916. He died January 2, 1917. He was married in 1895 to Anna Skumlien of Fuller Coulee, Pigeon Township, who was born in Vaardahl, Norway, August 5, 1870, daughter of Andrew and Anna (Olson) Skumlien. Her father, a native of Norway, came to America in 1876 with his wife and children, settling in Fuller Coulee, where he bought a farm on which he resided until his death, June 9, 1882. His wife, who was born in Norway in 1848, is still residing on the homestead. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Olson: Agnes Mabel, born October 15, 1895, who married Thoroald Fremstad October 21, 1916; Christine Alette, born September 13, 1897; Lila Anna, born November 9, 1901, who married Benone Foss, July 8, 1916, who is working on the farm of Mrs. Olson; Hazel Othilde, born November 9, 1901; and Olger Clarence, born December 22, 1904. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
LAWRENCE P. OLSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Lawrence P. Olson, a life-long resident of Jackson County passed away at the Community Hospital on Friday, September 24, 1965 after being hospitalized for some time, at the age of 86 years, 5 months and two days. Mr. Olson, son of the late Peter and Martha Olson, was born in South Beaver Creek, Town of North Bend on April 22, 1879. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, of which he was a member at the time of his passing. On April 15, 1903 he was united in marriage to Barbara Ramsey, who preceded him in death, March 27, 1952. To this union were born three children: Melvin on the home farm; Ruth, Mrs. Glenn Button of Melrose and Edgar of Black River Falls. He is also survived by six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The early years of his life were spent in the northern logging camps with his brothers. After his marriage he farmed in the Melrose vicinity and later moved to his home in South Beaver Creek. Since the passing of his wife he has made his home with his children. Mr. Olson enjoyed excellent health until last May when he entered the hospital. Part of the time of which he was hospitalized was spent at the University Hospital at Madison. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen for 68 years. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, September 27, 1965 at the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor H.W. Walker officiating and the Smith Funeral Service having charge. Mrs. Walker was organist and accompanied Mrs. Leis, the soloist. Pallbearers for Mr. Olson were Merlin Olson, Oscar Ramsey, Vernon Ramsey, Ervin Krogstad, Gust Kohnert and Charles Nordstrom. SOURCE – FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family is Verda Olson Stewart at email@example.com )
MRS. MARTHA OLSON (SWEDEN) (2)
Mrs. Martha Olson died at the home of her son, E. P. Olson, in the Town of North Bend, Tuesday morning, July 25, 1911, after an illness of five months due to the infirmities of old age and heart failure. Mrs. Olson was born in Sweden, October 23, 1833, and grew to womanhood and was married in her native country to Peter Olson. The family emigrated to the United States in 1868, locating on the Olson homestead at Lee, Jackson County, Wisconsin, where she has always resided. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Olson, six of whom have preceded the mother in death. The children living are Ole P. Olson, Minneapolis; Chairman E.P. Olson of Lee; Lawrence Olson of Melrose. The husband and father died in 1886. Mrs. Olson was a true Christian woman, a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of South Beaver Creek nearly since its organization and was loved and respected by all who were favored with her acquaintance. The pastor of her church, Rev. Bestul, conducted the funeral service which were held Thursday, July 27, at 1:00 in the afternoon, and the remains were laid to final repose besides her husband in South Beaver Creek cemetery. Funeral Director F.H. Smith of Melrose had charge of arrangements and there was a large attendance of relatives, neighbors and friends at the service. SOURCE – Family records (Verda Olson Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org is researching this family)
MELVIN A. OLSON (TOWN OF MELROSE, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Melvin A. Olson, 93, of Melrose, died Thursday, March 20, 1997 at Mulder Health Care Facility in West Salem. He was born October 16, 1903 to Lawrence and Barbara (Ramsey) Olson in the Town of Melrose. He graduated from Melrose High School. On March 2, 1929 he married Violette Lovell in the French Creek Parsonage. They farmed in rural Melrose on the home farm all of their adult life. He is survived by two sons, Bob (Jean) of Black River Falls; Roger (Kathleen) of Melrose; one daughter, Verda (Pastor Howard) Stewart of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violette; one infant daughter; one sister and one brother. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 1997 at South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church in rural Ettrick. Rev. John Ashland officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Smith Mortuary of Melrose assisted the family with arrangements. SOURCE – FAMILY RECORDS (Verda Olson Stewart at email@example.com is researching this family)
VIOLETTE E. OLSON (MELROSE, WISCONSIN)
Violette E. Olson, 81, of Melrose, died Sunday, July 15, 1990 in Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls. She was born on August 28, 1908 in Melrose to Alonzo and Bertha Bramer Lovell. She married Melvin A. Olson on March 2, 1929 and was a member of the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Robert of Black River Falls and Roger of Melrose; one daughter, Verda (Pastor Howard) Stewart of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one sister, Ruby (Royal) Peters of Sparta. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were Tuesday at 1 p.m. in South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, rural Ettrick. Reverend Robert Oleson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Smith Mortuary of Melrose assisted the family with arrangements. SOURCE – FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family is Verda Olson Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org )
OLOF C. OLSON (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Olof C. Olson. Among the model farms of Unity Township is that of Olof C. Olson in section 19, containing 200 acres, and which is one of the old established farms of the township, its development having occupied a period of over 40 years. It was settled in 1873 by Christ Olson Poajakka, father of the subject of this sketch, who, born in Norway in 1834, emigrated to the United States in 1872, first locating in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. There, however, he remained only a year, at the end of that time coming to Unity Township, Trempealeau County, where he bought from the railroad company the land which now constitutes the above mentioned farm, and which is now known as Beef River Valley Stock Farm. Here Christ Olson Poajakka resided subsequently until his death in 1894, actively engaged in the development and improvement of his property, in which enterprise he made considerable progress. His wife, whose maiden name was Marie Flatten, is still living and resides with her son, Olof C., the present proprietor of the farms, being now 76 years old. Olof C. Olson was born on the farm he now owns, July 21, 1873, soon after his parents had moved onto it, and here he has passed all his subsequent years. Until March 1901, he worked for his parents, and then purchased the farm, since which time he made some important additional improvements on it. In 1912 he built a barn, 36 by 100 by 16 feet above the basement, which is constructed of cement blocks, having cement floors, steel stalls, stanchions and mangers, cement water troughs and steel calf pens, with room for 75 head of cattle. He has also a side barn, 16 by 40 by 8 feet, and another, 16 by 24 by 9 feet; two stave silos, 14 by 32 and 14 by 30 feet, and a hog house, 20 by 30 feet, with cement floor. His residence is a good substantial fame house of six rooms. The farm is well fenced with woven wire fencing. Mr. Olson keeps and raises pure-bred Shorthorn cattle, having a herd of 50 head, all registered, the head of his cattle herd being the five-year-old bull Roan Duke, weighing 2,250 pounds. His hogs are of the large type Poland-China breed, all full-blooded, registered animals, of which he has 200 head, selling 150 head in the season of 1916. The heads of the hog herd are King Jumbo, two years old and weighing 850 pounds, and Big Type Jim, which weighed as a pig in March 1916, 250 pounds and has won several prizes at various important fairs. Mr. Olson also raises Percheron horses, having two stallions, has a flock of 60 pure-bred Mammoth Bronze turkeys and flocks of Toulouse geese and Black Minorca chickens. June 6, 1899, Mr. Olson was united in marriage with Paulina Thomasgaard, who was born in Unity Township, September 16, 1872, daughter of Ole and Marie (Kleven) Thomasgaard, of whom a memoir appears elsewhere in this work. He and his wife have five children: Colonel, Edwin, Mabel, Melvin and Julia. The family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran church, and Mr. Olson belongs also to the Order of Beavers. He is a stockholder in the Unity Cooperative Creamery at Strum. His present prosperity affords a strong contrast to the conditions which prevailed when his parents first settled on this farm, as the house in which he was born was a dug-out in the hill, roofed over with marsh hay, and with a dirt floor and sod walls. In his boyhood days luxuries were unknown except that game was more often seen on the table than it is today, but often had to be eaten when other food would have been more palatable. As the son of early settlers, and himself a native of Unity Township, he is widely acquainted throughout this and neighboring townships, and he and his family stand high in public esteem. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
THEODORE B. OLSON (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Theodore B. Olson, proprietor of the Whitehall Cement Block Factory, at Whitehall, Wisconsin, was born in Moe Coulee, Pigeon Township, December 25, 1884, son of Brede and Tina (Peterson) Olson. The father was born in Norway in 1829 and came to America in 1871, buying a farm in Pigeon Township, this county, where he remained until his death in September 1912. His wife, to whom he was married in Norway, was born there in February 1841. She is still living and resides with her son, Brede, in Pigeon Township. Their living children are four sons and one daughter: Johanna, who is now Mrs. B.P. Moe of Pigeon Township; Ole, a retired farmer living in Whitehall; Brede B., a farmer of Pigeon Township; Martin, a farmer in Sumner Township; and Theodore B. of Whitehall. Theodore B. Olson was the youngest member of his parent’s family, which numbered in all eleven children. He remained at home until he was 20 years old, working during the last four years of that time for his brother, Brede. In 1907 he began learning the carpenter’s trade, and worked at it subsequently in various places until August 1912. Then taking up his residence in Whitehall, he entered the employ of A.E. Wood, a contractor, for whom he worked until December 1915 at which time he bought an interest in the Whitehall Cement Block Factory, of which he is now the proprietor. The business is carried on in a one-story frame building, 36 by 90 feet, which is equipped with one press machine for making ell-blocks, a tamping machine for S-inch blocks and a brick machine. The factory has a capacity of 500 blocks a day, and employs three men, having a ready sale for all the product they can turn out. Mr. Olson at first bought a one-third interest in the business, but purchased the remaining two-thirds May 4, 1916. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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