|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1858|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1930|
Carl Jorgen Olsen was born on 16 December 1858 in Folvik/Folvig, Brunlanaes municipality, Norway, to Ole Knudsen and Aase M. Hansdatter, both born in 1817. He went to sea and crossed the Atlantic many times before immigrating to the United States, where he applied for citizenship in 1883. On April 27, 1899, he was finally granted full U.S. citizenship.
Carl Olsen was married to Nikoline Elsie/Elise Anderson in 1900 in Eugene. Nikoline Nelson was born on 16 December 1869 in Norway. According to notes at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, she first married a man named Anderson in Norway, he died, and then she came to the United States in 1900.
By her first marriage she had one son, Hans Martin Anderson, who died on 21 September 1908, bleeding to death from tuberculosis in the old Waite Orchard. Hans had been born on May 7, 1891 in Norway. He is buried in the Sweet Creek (aka Point Terrace) Cemetery. Nikoline and Carl had three children, Agnes (born in 1902), Norman (born 1904), and Clarence (born 1907), all born on the south side of the Siuslaw river where the family had lived at several small farms.
According to family and census records, the Olsens farmed, and Carl also worked as a laborer and was a boat owner, sailor and salmon fisherman. A biography of Carl by daughter Agnes in the Siuslaw Pioneer, includes this description of the family's early transportation:
"During this time the only means of travel was a row boat and it was the custom to bed down the children in the stern of a skiff and row to Point Terrace to Church, or to distant friends and neighbors to parties and dinners."(1)
In 1910 Carl, Nikoline, and their children moved to Glenada. Nikoline passed away on 6 July 1912 of consumption and is buried in the eastern section of the cemetery. Carl continued to live at the family home in Glenada, was assisted in raising his young children by his nephew Olaf Folvig (born in 1888 and died in 1970). On December 18, 1930, Carl passed away and was buried beside Nikoline in the Glenada Cemetery.
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(1) "Carl J. Olsen," Siuslaw Pioneer, 1956, p. 28-29.
Glenada-Odd Fellows Cemetery
Plot: Block 20, Lots 3 & 4
Created by: Kevin Mittge
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27340548