|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1891|
|Death: ||May 30, 1979|
TROY, Idaho -- The funeral for one of Troy's outstanding citizens, Anna Marie Oslund, 87, will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Short's Chapel at Moscow, Idaho. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery near here. She died Wenesday at a nursing home at Coeur d'Alene.
She was born in Sweden and had come here in 1904. She had been a schoolteacher here for 40 years, retiring at age 70. She had also been the school's librarian for 10 years after teaching.
She was educated at the Lewiston (Idaho) Normal School, the University of Idaho and Washington State University.
The Anna Marie Oslund Elementary School was named for her.
In 1948 she was Idaho's State Mother, named by the Golden Rule Foundation. The Kendrick (Idaho) Masonic Lodge had honored her with it Inspirational Teacher Award.
She was a founder of a Girl Scout program here and instrumental in consolidating small country schools into the Troy school system.
For many summers she conducted school for youngsters at her ranch.
She further worked to secure electricity and free rural mail delivery to her area.
She is survived by three daughters, Liviah Olin of Coeur d'Alene, Cynthia Cox of Moscow and Marie Chaney of Hollister, Calif.; a son, Alex of Burley, Idaho; a foster son, John C. Lindgren of Coeur d'Alene; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
(Spokane Daily Chronicle, June 5, 1979)
From the Genesee News, April 16, 1948:
Mrs. Anna Marie Oslund
Is Idaho Mother Of 1948
Motherhood paid off for Mrs. Anna Marie Oslund, Troy, when she was selected by a committee of 17 judges from throughout the state as the Idaho Mother of 1948. The announcement was made Thursday by Mrs. Gladys Swank, Lewiston, state chairman.
Mrs. Oslund will receive her citation from Governor C.A. Robins at Boise, sometime prior to Mother's Day.
Mrs. Oslund, the mother of four children of her own and foster mother to two orphan boys, was born in Sweden 57 years ago, and came to this country, locating at Troy when she was 12 years of age.
When her husband, Alex Hilmar Oslund, passed away in 1929 of pneumonia, her daughters ranged in ages from 3 to 9, with the son yet to be born six months after his father's death. Her foster sons were then ages 12 and 13.
With the prospect of raising her family without a father's helping hand she was also faced with the problem of paying off a $5,000 indebtedness, accumulated through a mortage on the farm and through illness and death.
The day her son was born, she drove the old family car to town, left her three children with a friend and walked alone to the hospital. Ten days later she wrote out a check for her confinement expenses, put her little family, now increased to four, in the back seat of the car and drove home. She had $9.00 left in her checking account. This was in 1930 with the depression closing in.
So interesting is the story of Mrs. Oslund's life and events leading up to her citation, The Genesee News will carry a more detailed report to appear next week.
Alex Hilmer Oslund (1888 - 1929)*
Cynthia Nathalie Oslund Cox (1926 - 2009)*
Alex Hilmer Oslund (1930 - 1997)*
Note: Married Alex Hilmer 3/29/1920 at Troy, Idaho
Dry Creek Cemetery
Created by: Larry Linehan
Record added: Oct 02, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11873474
I'll never forget Anna Marie as probably the best teacher I ever knew and I can still see her marching up and down in front of my 7th grade class reading "Miles Standish". Nor will I forget when she knocked me out of my seat when she caught me catching fl...(Read more)|
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