Gen's family - Olsons.
Gen's father, Andrew's family: Christopher Olson was born February 24, 1860, in Somsoy, on the east coast of Denmark. He had one sister, Barbara, and one brother who drowned. Chris came to Dwight, Illinois in 1883. Having learned carpentry and cabinet making in Denmark, he was a carpenter in coalmines in Illinois. He married Ingeborg Paulson in Dwight, IL, in 1888. She was born December 4.1870, of Danish parents, in Schleswig-Holstein, a portion of Denmark that was captured by Bismark in 1872. She learned to speak both Danish and German before she came to America in 1886. She and a girl friend came to Dwight, IL. when Ingeborg was 16 years old. She had three sisters and one brother. One of her sisters lived in North Dakota and Chris and Ingeborg visited her there in 1909. Hearing about homestead drawings in Aberdeen, S.D., Chris went there to successfully draw a homestead number for land near Lantry, S.D. In 1910 Chris and his oldest son, Ole, built a house, barn and granary on the land. Chris returned to Illinois that fall, had a sale, and brought his family to Lantry in February 1911. That fall, he and Ole went to N.D. to work in the harvest fields to earn some income. In 1912, Ole and Andrew, (the second son) went to ND to again work in the harvest fields. In 1913, Chris rented a farm in ND, and moved the family there in the spring of 1913. In 1920, the family moved back to Lantry where they lived the rest of their lives. Chris died in 1938, and Ingeborg died in 1939. They had seven children, one of whom died when he was 13 months old. How Chris and Ingeborg met isn't clear. Her father came to Chicago where she worked as a housemaid. They spoke Danish to each other, so their reminiscing wasn't understood by Gen and Frances. Now and then they would tell a story of the old days in English, but not the details you would have if you could have understood their visiting with each other, Gen said.
name "Miller" was quite a coincidence.)
Kristin died in 1912 at the age of 61. Marie died
in 1918 at 59. They are buried in Finley, North Dakota.
Andrew M. Olson and Anna Birkland were Genevieve Miller's parents.
From Aunt Marie (Birkland) Butler's address book, the history of the marriage of her parents,
Christen and Marie (Kalve) Birkland, who are the maternal
grandparents of Genevieve (Olson) Miller. Marie visited Norway and
looked up several relatives, including the top line in the page above.
Myrtle and Ole Olson Family Tree, 1959
Art and Myrtle Farstad, Marlene Miller and Lois Farstad _______.
Ingeborg Paulson Olson, "Gram Olson" and Marlene
Frances and Wendel Knutson, Wendel's brother, Casey holding Marlene and Gram Olson.
Christopher and Ingeborg Olson, "Gram and Gramp Olson" - Casey
Lantry School 1928 and 1929, Gen and Frances Olson both attending
Gen Olson Miller's mother Anna ..Christiana Birkland... and father Andrew Olson
Ingeborg on the left.
Christopher Olson as a young man.
Christiana Birkland Olson's Father
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