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Hansine Karoline "Caroline" Olsen Nielsen
Birth: Dec. 12, 1879
Sorø Kommune
Sjælland, Denmark
Death: Dec. 12, 1964
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Hansine Caroline Olsen was born in the small farming community of Havnskov which is about 1 km from Hyllinge, Søro, Denmark where she was baptized in the Hyllinge Kirke.

In 1904, she traveled to America in search of her good friend Agnes Modeweg. She had apparently every intention to returning to Denmark, but she shortly met her future husband Hakon Georg Nielsen.

Hakon and Caroline were married on 9 Jan 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. To this union 5 children were born, 4 girls and 1 boy.

During the early years of their marriage they migrated between Chicago, Illinois and McEwen, Tennessee. 2 girls, Helen and Edith were born in Tennessee and 1 girl, Frances Alice was born in Chicago. In about 1916, they migrated to Oregon, where the last two children were born, namely, Amy and Richard in Portland.

Hakon decided to move to Oregon to be near some of his siblings who lived near Portland. In 1919 he began construction of the house located in Faloma, Oregon (current address 118 N. Bridgeton Road, Portland, OR). It was here that Hakon and Hansine raised their children. They both lived in the house until they died in 1959 and 1964, respectively.

Hansine, better known to everyone as Caroline, was well know in the community as the kindest, sweetest and dearest person. It is said that no one ever saw her angry. She always put a positive note to any circumstance, good or bad.

I knew my grandmother only in her waining years. She was 71 years old when my mother, Frances Alice, was divorced in 1950 and we moved in with my grandparents. We arrived just after the Vanport Flood of 1948, which damaged my grandparent's home significantly. The Army Corps of Engineers had come in and reset the house on its foundation. My grandparents were old and were living on welfare.

I was only 6 when we arrived, but I soon grew to know my grandparents well. To this day, my grandmother is the kindest, most gentle person I have ever known.

Caroline had a severe case of cataracts which caused her to be nearly blind. In the 1950s, cataracts surgery was available but extremely expensive and very crude by today's standards. We got our first TV in 1957 (thanks to my sister Gail). My grandmother would face the TV but all was a blur. She would listen and sit and twiddle her thumbs, because she couldn't see the action.

In 1962, she fell down the basement stairs at my Aunt Edith's house. She broke her hip and for the rest of her life she needed constant care. Edith took her into her home and cared for her until Grandma died in 1964. She died on her 85th birthday.

Stan West 2017 
Family links: 
  Hakon Georg Aage Nielsen (1877 - 1959)
  Helen Elizabeth Nielsen (1907 - 1958)*
  Frances Alice Nielsen West (1912 - 2002)*
  Edith Marie Nielsen Hagstrom (1914 - 1977)*
  Edith Marie Nielsen Hagstrom (1914 - 1977)*
  Amy Margaret Nielsen Ashford (1917 - 1992)*
  Richard Nielsen (1923 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
All children are memorialized on the headstone.
Rose City Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
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Record added: Dec 07, 2012
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Hansine Karoline Caroline <i>Olsen</i> Nielsen
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