Olson, Oluf (b. 1871)







                                                                   Oluf Olson and Family

OLUF OLSON, a well-known and popular resident of Neillsville, where for several years he has been custodian of the Clark County Court House, was born in Norway Feb. 4, 1871, son of Arne C. and Ellen (Johnson) Olson. His parents settling in Mayville Township, Clark County, when it was a wilderness, he acquired his education in the district school, which stood in the middle of a wood, through which not infrequently roamed bears and wolves, so that his journeys to and from school were flavored to some extent with the spirit of adventure. During his early years after was big enough he worked on his parents' farm, and when older began working tin the woods at lumbering, in which occupation he continued during the winters for about fifteen years.


At the end of that time he was united in marriage with Myrtle Tuttle, of Colby Township, who was born Oct. 31, 1875, daughter of F. M. and Barbara Ann (Shanks) Tuttle. Their wedding took place March 27, 1901, and for a year afterwards Mr. Olson worked in the sawmill at Medford. During the next two years he resided on his father's farm, and also served as township clerk and school director of the graded school of Curtis. He then moved to a farm in Marathon County, Wis., which he operated for three years, and then, returning to Clark County, took up his residence in the village of Abbotsford, being in the employ of the railroad company for a year and a half. At the end of that time he was appointed marshal of the village, and served in that position and as deputy sheriff for seven years. In 1914 he was appointed janitor of the court house at Neillsville, which position he has since filled very acceptable, taking pride in his work and keeping not only the building, but the surrounding grounds in the the most perfect condition.


He is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge No. 204, A. F. A. M., and Medford Chapter R. A. M., No. 70, also of the Woodmen's camp at Neillsville. His religious affiliations are with the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a member and trustee. Mr. Olson and his wife have been the parents of a good sized family, numbering ten children, all of whom are living but one. The record of names with dates of birth, is as follows: Ellen Margaret, April 22, 1902 Barbara Ann, Aug. 9, 1903 Robert Marion, April 23, 1905 Sarah Emma, Nov. 7, 1906 Gilbert Byron, Aug. 22, 1908 Fern Mabel, Oct. 17,1910, Kenneth Arne, Jan. 9, 1913 Mildred May, Jan. 15, 1914 Oluf Thomas, June 22, 1916. The one deceased was Francis Marion, Born Jan. 25, 1912, who died Jan. 27, two days after birth.




Oluf Olson, the new janitor at the courthouse, moved down from Abbotsford last week and spent a few days with Louie Hantke in the courthouse in order to get the run of the work before Mr. Hantke entered upon his new duties as sheriff.  Mr. Olson has got "on-to the job" readily and will make an ideal caretaker of the county property.  He and his family have moved into the Sam Miner house on south Hewett Street.  Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin, January, 1915.



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