"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Goldstrand, Olof president of the city council of Rhinelander, and who also holds the position of assistant sergeant-at-arms in the state capital at Madison, was born in Sweden May 8, 1867. He was education in the public schools of his native land and subsequently learned the mason's trade. In 1887, at the age of 20 years, he came to the United State, locating at Clintonville, Wis., where, however, he stayed but three months, going from there to Antigo, where he followed his trade and worked in sawmills. In 1889 he came to Rhinelander, in which city he has since resided except for one year during which he was employed in the iron mines at Iron Mountain, and also for two short periods in other places. In 1900 he became clerk in the grocery store of Carlson & Anderson in Rhinelander, and that occupation, together with bookkeeping, he followed for several years. From time to time he has also engaged in buying and selling real estate, including both city and farm property. For a number of years Mr. GOLDSTRAND has been prominently identified with the affairs of local and state government. He was supervisor of the First Ward for three years, was a member of the city board of education three years, for the past eight years he has been alderman from the First Ward. He acted as jury commissioner for Oneida County for seven years, served as a member of the Board of Review for four years, and as a member of the Republican County Committee for many years, and was secretary of that committee six years and treasurer four terms. He was formerly for one year president of the council and held the same office again in 1922-23. In 1910 and 1920 he acted as United States census enumerator. On the death of Mayor PERINIER in February, Mr. GOLDSTRAND by virtue of his office, as president of the council, became acting mayor and so served until the April election of that year. In 1907 he passed the civil service examination and was appointed assistant-sergeant-at-arms at the state capitol, in which office he has continued to serve up to the present time. He was also police officer in the State Treasury Department at Madison in 1910, 1911, and 1912. He is a member of Lodge No. 29, S. F. A., in which he has passed all the chairs and is now one of the local trustees; in 1917 he was also a delegate of the Grade Lodge convention held at Cloquet, Minn. Mr. GOLDSTRAND was married Dec. 6, 1899, to Maria SONSTELIE, of Westby, Wis. Twleve years ago, in 1911, they made a trip to Sweden to see his parents, and also visited Norway and Denmark, being gone about four months. Again, in 1920, Mr. GOLDSTRAND went to Sweden to visit his parents, who since then both have passed away.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 609; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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