"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, Olaf E. prominent farmer of the town of Cassian, Oneida County, was born in Norway Oct. 3, 1877, son of Christian and Hannah (ERICKSON) OLSON. The parents were natives of Norway, from which country the family removed to the United States inf 1885, settling in the town of Alban, Portage County, which was subsequently their home for many years. The mother died in 1899 and the father is now living with his children at Superior, Wis. Eleven children, as follows, were born to these parents: Ella, Olaf, Erick, Laura, Christina, Louis, Martha, Bernard, Anna, Carl, and Hilda. Of these, one Ella, is now deceased. Erick is living at Heafford Junction, Wis. Laura is now Mrs. Therman JOHNSON of New London, Wis. Christina is Mrs. Anton THORSEN, of Scandinavia, Wis. Louis, Martha, Bernard, Carl, and Hilda reside at Superior, Wis., Martha being now Mrs. Frank GREEN. Anna is Mrs. Oscar SORENSON of Ladysmith, Wis. Olaf E. OLSON received his education in the district school of Portage County and remained at home until he was 20 years of age. For the next few years he worked on farms during the summer months and spent the winters in the lumber woods. He came to Oneida County in 1902 and took a homestead of 120 acres in Section 34, town of Cassian, on which property he proved up and remained until 1911, erecting a good set of buildings and bring the farm to a fine point of development. In 1911 he sold out and purchased his present farm, consisting of 80 acres in Sections 15 and 22, town of Cassian. Mr. OLSON has equipped it with modern buildings and has cleared 77 acres of the land, a fine contribution to the agricultural development of Oneida County. He is carrying on mixed farming and dairying, having a good herd of Guernsey cattle. Mr. OLSON was married at Cassian, Wis., Dec. 23, 1905, to Miss Alta GARBER, who was born Aug. 26, 1888 in Juneau County, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Addie (STEEL) GARBER, who are engaged in farming in Cassian Township, and is a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. OLSON; the youngest of whom, Carl, born Jan. 16, 1922, died three days later, Jan. 19. The others are: Edwin, born Oct. 5, 1906; Dora, Oct. 2, 1908; May, Dec. 4, 1909; Earl, Feb. 12, 1913; Lillian, April 7, 1916; and William, Sept. 12, 1918.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 753-754, 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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