Bio: Olson, Oluf Sr. (Retires as Courthouse Janitor – 1949)


Surnames: Olson, Schoengarth, Frantz

---------Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, WI) 19 Dec 2018

Oluf Olson Sr. has resigned as janitor of the Clark County Courthouse, a position he has held for the last 34 years.

His resignation was accepted Saturday by the country public property committee, and is effective January 1, 1949. However, Mr. Olson has assured the committee that he will remain on the job until a suitable successor has been named.

In the point of service, Mr. Olson is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, courthouse janitor in the state. It has been heard that there is one older janitor who is 81. Mr. Olson is 78.

"It will be a good deal, like leaving home," Mr. Olson commented following his resignation. And the courthouse in reality has been a second home for him in the last 34 years. He has kept the fires going and the walks cleaned, moved and raked lawn, carried its mail, plus a good many other chores, for almost one-half of his life. He has started the days early and quit late.

Judge Schoengarth and Ben Frantz, the country judge and clerk of circuit court, are the only one remaining, who were there to greet Mr. Olson when he came down from Abbotsford in 1914 to take over the janitor's job. At that time, Mr. Frantz was in the county judge's office.



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