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Gust Lars Olsen
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Birth: 1848
Death: 1931

Elmer & Lena's children: (Lena died from the Black Measles in June of 1893)

One child died from being struck by lightning.
Infant who died at birth
Clarence Alva - 1883 - 1954
Elmer Gustav 1874 1891
Fannie Ellen Ubger 1876 1963 (Smemoe)
Charles Allen 1878 1959
John Alfred 1880 1945 (Memorial 80059784)
Male Infant 1882
Ernest Albion 1886 1901 (died of jaundice)
Frank Gordon 1887 1984
Emma Luella Estella 1889 1989
Ellen Marie 1892 1893 (died of black measles)

By October of 1894, Gust had married Guri Hannem. Gust & Guri's sons Elmer & Ernest were named for the young sons of Gust and Lena who died. Their children were:

Elmer Gustav 1894 1974
Mamie Anna Marie 1896 1981
Florence Victoria Virginia 1898 1985 (died in Pasadena, CA)
Ernest Albion 1899 1983 (died in Springfield, ILL)
Gusta Loretta Sophia 1901 1928 (Bishop) (Redmond)
Ruth Olga Georgia 1903 1993 (Johnson)*Memorial 142910113
Guy Richard 1904 1989
Lloyd Oscar 1907 1960
Sylvia Olsen 1909 died in infancy
Sylvan Noble 1910 1983 (died in Oakhurst, Madera, CA)
Vivian Charlotte 1912 1975 (Jones) (Herrin) (died in L.A.)Memorial 119401911


Gust Olsen, one of the leading agriculturists and prosperous citizens of Minnehaha County, has continuously resided on his present home farnsive landowner. His birth occurred in Sweden on the 11th of January, 1848, his father being Olaus Callander, who passed away in that country. He was reared under the parental roof and received his education in the common schools.

In 1868 he crossed the Atlantic to the U. S., landing in NY on the 19th of July of that year. Thence he made his way to Chicago. He had learned the trade of a blacksmith in Seden and on reaching Chicago went to work at that occupation in the Rock Island Railroad shops.

Two years later he entered the employ of the American Bridge Co and it was while in the service of that concern that he had the distinction of welding the largest bar ever used in bridge work across teh Missouri river. At the end of about 2 months, however, he left that employ and returned to the Rock Island Co, working in their Chicago shops until 1876.

In the spring of that year, Mr. Olsen came to S. Dak and immediately after his arrival preempted his present home farm. His cash captital consisted of $100.00, but after buying some boards to roof his sod house and after building a little fence and breaking 5 acres of ground, his funds were exhausted.

With the dauntless spirit of youth, however, he still pressed forward in the direction of his goal. He made his way to Lincoln county, where he secrued work in the harvest field, being employed at a wage of $2 per day.
At the end of two and a half days, however, the grasshoppers drove the laborers from the field. Mr. Olsen was three times obliged to cover a distance of about 36 miles on foot before he was finally paid for his work.

As the years have passed, however, prosperity has crowned his efforts and as an agriculturist he has met with a well deserved measure of success. At the present time he owns 320 acres of land in the Highland Township, Minnhaha County, and 265 acres lying across the road in Minnesota, as well as an entire section in Kidder County, N. Dak. For a period of 12 years he was successfully engaged in business as a hardware and implement merchant of Sherman. He is likewise a stockholder in the Garmers Elevator Co of Sherman and the Garretson Land & Investment Co.

Mr. Olsen has been married twice. In 1874 he wedded Miss Lena Lee, of Chicago, who was a native of Norway and by whom he had twelve children, six of whom survive. The wife and mother passed away in June, 1893, and the following year Mr. Olsen was again married, his second union being with Miss Gertrude Hanem, who was also born in Norway. To them have been born eleven children, ten of whom survive and all of whom are still at home with the exception of the oldest.

In politics Mr. Olsen is a democrat. He made a commendable record as chairman of the town board, in which capacity he served for one term, and also acted as constable of his township for many years, while for fifteen years he served as a member of the school board.

Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to Unity Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Sioux Falls; Cyrene Commandery, K. T., of Sioux Falls; the Consistory, A. & A. S. R., of Sioux Falls; and El Riad Temple, A. A O. N. M. S. He is likewise a member of Sioux Falls Lodge, No. 262, B. P. O. E. Mr. Olsen is highly esteemed by all who know him and has made many friends since coming to this state. He combines the good qualities of the Swedish race with the aggressiveness and enterprise that seem peculiar to this country.

Family links: 
  Guri O. Hannem Olsen (1868 - 1951)
  Olena Ellen Engebretsdatter Lee Olsen (1851 - 1893)*
  Elmer Gustav Olsen (1874 - 1891)*
  Fannie Ellen Olsen Smemoe (1876 - 1963)*
  Charles Allen Olsen (1878 - 1959)*
  John Alfred Olsen (1880 - 1945)*
  Clarence Alva Olsen (1883 - 1954)*
  Ernest Albion Olsen (1886 - 1901)*
  Frank Gordon Olsen (1887 - 1984)*
  Emma Luella Estella Olsen Hamilton (1889 - 1989)*
  Ellen Marie Olsen (1892 - 1893)*
  Elmer Gustav Olsen (1894 - 1974)*
  Mamie Olsen McCarty (1896 - 1981)*
  Ernest Albion Olsen (1899 - 1983)*
  Gusta Loretta Olsen Bishop Redmond (1901 - 1928)*
  Ruth G Johnson (1902 - 1993)*
  Lloyd Oscar Olsen (1907 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Originally Created by: Shiver
Record added: Dec 09, 2005
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Gust Lars Olsen
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Gust Lars Olsen
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Gust Lars Olsen
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