"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, Charles proprietor of Goodhope Dairy Farm in Section 2, town of Pine River, Lincoln County, is a native of Norway, born Jan. 9, 1873, son of Ole and Carrie (HANSON) OLSON, both now deceased. He was educated in his native land and remained there until 19 years old, coming to America in September, 1892 and landing at New York. From there he came direct to Merrill, Wis., where during the summer he was employed in the Champine mill, working in the woods in the winter. In 1898 he enlisted in the Fourth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry for service in the Spanish-American War, received training at Camp Douglas, and was then sent to Anniston, Ala., where he remained until the close of the war. After returning to Merrill he received an honorable discharge. He then entered upon his career as an American farmer, buying 80 acres of timber land in Section 2, town of Pine River. There he built himself a log shack and living a bachelor's life until 1908. He spent the winters cutting the timber on his land, selling the logs to saw mills and the pulp wood to the paper-mills, and in the summer continued to clear and improve his property. He has now about 60 acres cleared and has 20 acres under the plow. He has for some time had a comfortable dwelling-house and in 1922 he completed a fine barn. He is engaged in mixed farming and dairying, keeping mixed grade cattle with a high grade Guernsey sire. Aside from his personal farming interests he is a stockholder in the French Ridge Dairy Co., which he has served as secretary since 1921, and a stockholder and officer in the French Ridge Telephone co. For three years he served his town as justice of the peace. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Spanish-American War Veterans. Mr. OLSON was married in 1908, in Merrill, Wis., to Mrs. Carrie MATTISON, whose maden came was Carrie JOHNSON. By her first husband she had three children: Alma, who is now Mrs. Barney, WYLAND of Merrill, Wis.; Carl, residing at home, with his mother and father-in-law; and Nettie, at home. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles OLSON are Albert, Harold and Verner.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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