"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.


Olson, Elmer Arthur cashier of the Phelps State Bank at Phelps, was born at Chicago, Ill., Aug. 15, 1888. He was educated at Van Humboldt Public School and the Crane High School and then entered the service of the National Biscuit Co., for whom he worked in the office, warehouse, and manufacturing departments for the next 17 years, resigning in June, 1921, to accept his present position as cashier of the Phelps State Bank, upon the duties of which office he entered June 13, of that year. Under his careful guidance the institution has had a steady growth and today is one of the strongest banks in Vilas County. Mr. OLSON is one of the real "live wires" of the village and is a great believer in the future of northern Wisconsin. Although comparatively a newcomer in this locality, he has put his whole heart into its welfare and takes a keen interest in every project aimed at its development. Mr. OLSON was married at Chicago June 10, 1913, to Verna L. KLEENE, who was born in that city Aug. 21, 1890. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. OLSON: Frederick Howard, born June 28, 1914, and Elmer Arthur, Jr., born July 2, 1919. Mr. OLSON is one of the stockholders and a director of his bank. He was elected treasurer to Phelps village and town in 1921, and again in 1922 and 1923. He is a member of the Welfare Club and of the Phelps Fish and Game Protective Association, which latter organization now has 40 active members. Mr. OLSON is the owner of a fine summer home and 14 acres of land on the west side of Big Twin Lake. A man of more than usual ability, his coming here and the interest he has taken in furthering the community's welfare has been fortunate for this locality.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 487, 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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