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Alma Kristina Olsen- Olson Wickstrom
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Birth: Jun. 9, 1900
Oppland fylke, Norway
Death: Feb. 26, 1966
Wadena County
Minnesota, USA

Father: Anton Olsen Mellemsdokken
Mother: Hannah Gulbransdatter Řverjordet Olsen (maiden name included)
( while in Norway up until 1901)

After arrival 1901 to USA:
Anton Olson
Hannah Jordet Olson
( Maiden name now Jordet in USA.)
Name change from Olsen to Olson in USA
( see links)

Alma's Birth Name in Norway:
Alma Kristina Antonsdatter Řverjordet

USA Maiden Name: Alma Olson

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Spouse: John Wickstrom Jr.

** Children of John & Alma Wickstrom **

John Wickstrom
Joyce Oline Wickstrom Wenninger
Carolyn Hannah Wickstrom Phillips
Juliann Mae Wickstrom
Merlin Eugene Wickstrom

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In Loving Memory of Alma

Alma will be loved, missed and remembered in our hearts forever. Alma was born in Norway in 1900. Alma, her Parents Anton and Hannah were living at the Řverjordet Family Farm in Norway in 1900. It is not clear how long they stayed there, but Alma's name included Řverjordet. Alma and her Parents immigrated to the USA in 1901. They left Oslo on the
ship Christiana. Their ship had problems. They were stuck in Liverpool a while. They left Liverpool April 10, 1901 on the SS Waesland Ship. They arrived in the USA on April 21, 1901. They settled in Aldrich Mn. Anton's Sister Petra Thurstison and Husband Peter Sponsored their Family and helped them settle in Wadena County MN. Alma and her Parents stayed with the Thurstison Family a while before finding their own home. After moving from Norway to MN, Alma lived in Aldrich MN when she was younger. Alma attended school in Aldrich MN 1906- 1914. Alma was the oldest of her five siblings. Her sister Oline was the second child born and she had three brothers, Aless, Art and Harold. Alma married John Wickstrom June 1, 1927 in Verndale. Alma lived in Wadena prior to marrying John. She later lived in the Mpls MN area 1927- 1964 as she and John raised their children. John worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. Alma was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Giant Valley American Legion Post 234 Auxiliary in Mpls. Alma spent much time with relatives in the Twin Cities and visited Wadena. After Anton and Hannah passed away, Alma's siblings families resided at the Wadena Family home at 304 Jefferson St. In later life, July 1965 Alma and John moved from the Twin Cities to Wadena and lived in the Family home on Jefferson St. They had a huge garden, spent much time with Family and Friends. Celebrating the Fourth of July annually in Wadena was a big tradition. Prior to moving back to Wadena, they spent time with Family, got together and celebrated with Anton and Hannah other beloved family members often. They assisted in hosting the the annual Wadena Fourth of July celebrations. Family gathered, they had fireworks, great food, enjoyed each others company. Family traveled from Twin Cities, stayed for the weekends in the Wadena Family homes. Alma and her siblings had a very close, loving family relationship. Alma spent much time with Oline, Art, Harold, Aless, their spouses and their children. The cousins spent much time together. Alma was especially close to her Sister Oline. They looked a lot alike. Oline shared many fond memory stories about Alma with her family and was very close to Alma's family. Oline was 98 yrs old when she passed away in 2004. Oline was our Olson Family Historian and loved to talk about family history. It appears that Alma's Daughter Joyce was Alma's family historian. Joyce shared family stories with her children. Our Families spent much time with each other. Alma's Son John, nephews, grandchildren remember the Family Times together in Wadena well and have many wonderful cherished memories of their times in Wadena. Alma passed away unexpectedly in Wadena. Feb. 26 1966, About 6 months after moving to Wadena, Alma had a stroke as she was walking downtown Wadena. She was hospitalized briefly at Wesley Hospital and passed away approx,three days later at the hospital. Her Grand Daughter thinks Alma hung on until her children, including her Daughter Joyce from the Twin Cities had the chance to be with her to say their goodbyes. Alma's Funeral Services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. Losing Alma so unexpectedly was a very sad time for all who loved her. The tradition of the Family gathering around the Fourth of July annually in Wadena continued for many years after Alma passed away. As of 2014, Alma and John are survived by their Son John Wickstrom. Alma has Great Grand Daughters named after Alma and her Mother, Kristina and Hannah. Alma and John are survibed by many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends around Minnesota and other areas.

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Alma's Parents Anton and Hannah were married May 30, 1899
at the Sodorp Church Parish in Vinstra, Nord Fron Norway.


Paternal Grandparents: ( Anton's Parents)
** Ole Olsen Mellemsdokken
** Anne Pedersdatter Byreeiet
( Nord Fron Oppland Norway)

Maternal Grandparents ( Hannah's Parents)
** Gudbrand Hansen Flaate Řverjordet
** Kari Pedersdatter Řverjordet
(Sodorp Norway)

A 12-3-1900 Norway Census for Nord Fron Norway includes
Alma, her parents Anton & Hannah , her Grandfather Gudbrand
other relatives living at the Řverjordet Farm in Norway.
The Census has Alma Kristine Řverjordet, Hannah Řverjordet, Anton Mellemsdokken, Gudbrand H. Řverjordet, Peter G. Řverjordet, Ole G. Řverjordet, and elderly woman named Ambjor Řverjordet (1833 dob). Ambjor didn't have the same names as the parents names we have in our family tree. A Mari J. Barusten (dob 1859) and her three children Sofia H. Barusten, Jon K. Barusten and Andria Barusten were also living in the household. Gudbrand and Kari had a daughte named Marie, but her dob is 1870. This may have been Alma's Aunt and cousins. unknown. Nord Fron Herred/Hovin not sited in our family tree as Anton was not from Herred and he was listed as Herred. A previous 1875 Nord Fron Census had Anton and his family of origin living at the Mellemsdokken Farm in Sothorp S. Nord Fron.Oppland Norway. The Norwegian practice was for persons living at the farm, they took on the farm name as their last name. Anton's name was misspelled, but not changed to Řverjordet. Our Family has been referring to Alma as Olsen Mellemsdokken, Anton's last name. Olsen spelling was changed in the USA after immigration from Olsen to Olson. (Alma's brother changed his back to Aless Olsen) When they were living at the Řverjordet farm, they listed Alma as Řverjordet, Hannah's maiden name. ( Hannah's maiden name would also include her Father's first name, but Hannah spelled it an L. per the Family Bible entry (Gulbransdatter rather than Gudbransdatter. Hannah's Peter was Peter Gudbransen Řverjordet. In the USA, Peter's spelling of his name varied on records some places as Gulbrandsen, including his burial records) This information available online via the Norwegian ARKIVVERKET digital, but they are changing their archives by the end of 2014.

Up until Hannah and her Jordet Family members passed away,
the MN Jordet Family communicated with relatives in Norway.
Cousins Mattie and Karen Jordet, who also immigrated from Norway. They communicated with the Řverjordets in Norway.
Anton had contact with the Family of Mary Kleven Olsen.

** Anton and Hannah changed their last names from Olsen to Olson after they immigrated from Norway to MN. One brother, Aless, kept Olsen name spelling. Aless also on late census reports as Aless Olson, but he kept his Olsen spelling of his name, his name spelled Olsen on his death certificate. References to Alma on a 1939 child's birth certificate, refer to her As Alma C. Olson Wickstrom. While she was born Olsen, Findagrave now changed to Olson per those census and child's mothers maiden name reports. Same Family, different
spellings. Alma's middle name Kristina is spelled differently on some reports too.

**Alma's bio is rough draft only. to be edited.

Alma was born Alma Kristina in 1900 Norway. Olsen spelling in Norway, Olson in USA. Řverjordet in Norway, Jordet in USA. Alma and her Parents lived on the Řverjordet and Mellemsdokken Family Farm in Vinstra Oppland Norway before immigrating to the USA April 1901. According to a 1900 Norway Nord Fron Census, Alma also lived at the Řverjordet Family Farm with Hannah, Anton, her Grandfather Gudbrand Flaate Řverjordet and other relatives. Alma and her parents may had stayed with both Anton and Hannah's families before moving to the USA in 1901. Norwegian Custom was to include the family farm as part of their surname. Alma immigrated to the USA and to MN with her parents as a baby in 1901. Her siblings were born after the Family lived in Aldrich MN USA. Alma's late sister Oline Olson Carlson told our family the story of Alma's journey from Norway to the USA. They settled in Aldrich MN, Wadena, with the help of the Peter and Peter Thurstison Family. (later also changing some of their children's names to Thurston)

Alma & John's children Merlin, Joyce, Carol, Juliann and Thelma Mae have passed away as of this 2014 entry.

1. ** Carolyn Hannah Wickstrom Phillips -
May 22, 1936 -Nov. 28, 2007. Born in Henn. Co.
Of Hill City MN. Passed away in Aitkin County MN. Carol survived by husband, seven children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial Services held at the Cremation Society of Minnesota 4343 Nicollet Ave Mpls on Dec. 1 2007. Star Trib Obituary Nov. 29,2007. Family has Carolyn's ashes.

2. ** Juliann Mae Wickstrom- 1939- 1942 ( scarlet fever)
Crystal Lake Cemetery Mpls, MN

3. ** Merlin Eugene Wickstrom 1928 - 1987- Wadena Cemetery
( name spelling error on death report)

4. ** Joyce Oline Wickstrom Wenninger 1930 - 2012
Fort Snelling- buried with husband Leon Wenninger
findagrave link for Joyce- 91240391- Leon linked to Joyce

5.**Thelma Mae- Baby Girl Wickstrom- Dec. 31, 1928.

Stillborn, buried in Wadena per Family Member ( MN Death Records Index on Family Search site has her birth and death recorded. no name. ) Her history was shared with family by her late Sister Joyce. Alma's Grand Daughter reports that Alma was going to name her baby Thelma Mae. It appears that Alma lost the baby due to illness. Alma's Grand Daughter states there are birth/death records for the baby in Wadena.(confirmed) Alma's Grand Daughter reports that Anton Olson made the Baby's casket. Thelma Mae is buried at the Bethany Church Lutheran Cemetery in Blue Grass Mn. She is allegedly in an unmarked grave, buried at the foot of her Grandma Caroline Wickstrom's grave. When more info is received, we can create a Memorial for Baby Thelma. Caroline and John Wickstrom were very active at Bethany Lutheran in Blue Grass. Caroline and two of John's siblings who passed away as infants are buried next to Caroline. While Thelma
is not registered as being at Bethany Bluegrass, it does appear she is there.

There is a Findagrave Memorial for Alma's Mother in Law, John's Mother Caroline Sather Wickstrom buried at the Bethany Cemetery in Blue Grass. There are two more Findagrave Memorials for an Adolf Wickstrom and a Ella Wickstrom for that cemetery too. ( Children of John's Mother Caroline & John, John's siblings)

Alma's given birth name was going to be being used in the Findagrave site. Legal Documents after she lived in USA refer to her as Olson, spell her middle name differently, spelled Christina or Christine. Alma's last name Olsen was changed to Olson after arrival to USA. Hannah's maiden name of Overjordet became Jordet when the immigrated to America.
A G. Grand Daughter is named after Alma, using her Norwegian
given middle name, Kristine.

See Alma's Sister Oline Olson Carlson Findagrave Memorial for more family history, information, links 37810661.

Extensive family tree, family history and legal document references on Oline & Martin John Carlson's grandson's
Olsen - Carlson family trees. Oline's Family welcomes more documents, pictures, history, family tree information. in 2011 Oline's older son, some children
went to Norway, met relatives in Norway, got more family history, etc. Oline's grandson, following Oline's passion
has much information about Alma and her Family on his site.
More info, family tree updates, family history, pictures always welcome. This site documents the name spelling variations, thus clarifying confusion too. a must see site.

** much names issues as being spelled differently
to note: Anton's given name was Olsen with an E. Her brother Aless born in MN was Olson ( and changed it Olsen as an adult). Her brothers Arthur, Harold and sister Oline's last names changed to Olson, with an o. The Olson versus Olsen is interchanged in many legal documents. Alma Olsen is listed as Olson on census reports, as were her parents. Alma's middle name Kristina was listed as Christina on her death index report. This could be very confusing for the family history search info. Alma's sister Oline told her family about this often. even using her birth name if others looking to find her by how the census reports or death index spells her name differently. They are the same family, same parents, just different spelling. findagrave Memorial link is using Alma's given birth name, via her passport, birth certificate info rather than use the others. Alma's Mother Hannah Olsen's maiden name was Řverjordet when she was in Norway, then Jordet spelling inAmerica. Alma's sister Oline's maiden name spelled Olson on her birth information. Alma's brother Aless Olsen changed his name of Olson to Olsen after he was an adult as Olsen was Anton's given name in Norway. Much of the census reports for all the family spelled all their names Olson. Anton and Hannahs graves indicate Olson now. Alma came to USA as a baby and the documents provided verify 1901 immigration date. ( see family tree on All of Alma's Siblings now have Findagrave Memorials linked to their Parents Anton and Hannah.

Our beloved Alma is buried in the Wadena Cemetery. Twin Brothers Art & Harold Olson and their Spouses are buried on the Calvary Cemetery side of the adjoining Cemeteries. Two Cemeteries next to each other, different names. Art is buried next to his beloved wife Evelyn Olson. Harold is buried next to his beloved wife, Marion Olson. The two Sisters Evelyn and Marion married the Twin Olson Brothers.

The section of the cemetery Alma is buried is on the Wadena Cemetery side where her Parents are buried. Alma is buried next to her husband John Wickstrom , parents Anton & Hannah,son Merlin Eugene Wickstrom at the Wadena Cemetery too. These are two cemeteries, side by side. There were Catholics on one half per Alma's Grand Daughter and the Lutherans, others on the other half of the Cemetery. There used to be a hedge dividing the two cemeteries, Wadena and Calvary, years back. This was a common practice back many years ago. These two cemeteries side by side. On the map, Northern side is Wadena Cemetery. There are many other relatives who married other Wickstrom relatives buried at the Wadena Cemetery and other Wadena Cemeteries.

Daughter Juliann Mae Wickstrom is buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Mpls. Brother Aless Olsen, his wife Dena Olsen, and their son Ronnie Olsen also buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery. Aless changed the spelling of his last name Olson to Olsen when he was an adult. Other Siblings kept the USA Olson last name.

Alma and John's Son talked about his beloved parents
with this writer in 2013. He said he was 5 yrs old in 1942. John remembers how this time was very bad time for their family was in 1942. His baby sister Juliann was 2 yrs old. She passed away of Scarlet Fever at home. The Family home was in quarantine. Nobody could visit, they could not go anywhere. His sister Joyce, per her daughter was also ill with scarlet fever, almost died and spent 3 months at Sister Kinney Rehab in Mpls. His most cherished memory during that awful time was when his Aunt Oline Olson Carlson and her Husband Martin brought the children Easter Baskets, came to visit when they were not suppose to. Another Sibling ( Art or Harold) did the same. He came to visit. They risked getting ill coming to the family home, but the family needed them too at that time. Our Families were close, bonded by love. Family does not remember seeing any pictures of Juliann. We are trying to find one.

Alma and John helped care for Alma's Sibling Aless's children during the time their Son Ronnie was hospitalized for his terminal illness. Ronnie and a sibling had strep throat. Ronnie's illness progressed to serious medical complications despite being in the hospital. They dropped their other children off at Alma and Johns Home
when they visited their dear young son Ronnie every day
at the U of MN Hospital. Another sad time for the Family,
losing a young beloved child at a young age due to serious

Alma's Family lived in the Mpls area a long time. Family members remained living in the Mpls/Twin Cities Metro area a long time. Some have moved up north, back to Wadena, or had moved and since passed away.

See Mother Hannah and Father Anton Olson's Memorials and links. More family history.

Our Family welcomes all input, history info, family tree info, photos memorial tributes and edit info. Please feel free to add. It appears that Alma's Grand Daughter will be getting a picture of her headstone and adding more family information about her Grandma Alma.

As of 2014 Alma's Memorial in Progress. More Photos added by Family.

Family links: 
  Anton Olsen Mellemsdokken Olson (1874 - 1949)
  Hannah Gulbransdatter Řverjordet Olsen- Olson (1875 - 1958)
  John Wickstrom (1893 - 1974)*
  Merlin Eugene Wickstrom (1928 - 1987)*
  Joyce Oline Wickstrom Wenninger (1930 - 2012)*
  Carolyn Hannah Wickstrom Phillips (1936 - 2007)*
  Juliann Mae Wickstrom (1939 - 1942)*
  Alma Kristina Olsen- Olson Wickstrom (1900 - 1966)
  Oline Marie Olson Carlson (1906 - 2004)*
  Aless Gerhard Olsen (1911 - 1985)*
  Harold Magnus Olson (1916 - 1994)*
  Arthur Herman Olson (1916 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Wadena Cemetery
Wadena County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: original addition, between blocks 1 & 4, lot 4 R
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Record added: Oct 19, 2013
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Alma Kristina <i>Olsen- Olson</i> Wickstrom
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