John E. L. Olson

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John E. L. Olson

J. E. L. Olson, who continued to drive a combine in the wheat fields of Adams county when he was 70 years old, died April 24 in Spokane. As of mid-August in 1952, He was born July 25, 1886 and continued to work through the 1956 harvest.

Olson was married to Joicey Ammons Nov. 20, 1912. They had two children, Mrs. A. L. Florence of Bellingham and J. Roger Olson of Ritzville. There are also seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 29 in Spokane and burial was in the Ritzville Memorial cemetery. He farmed in the Ritzville area all his life until 1951 when he moved to Spokane. He was a member of the first graduating class of Ritzville high school in 1905.

He was widely-known among old-timers for having one of the first ground-power combines, later one of the first wheat trucks, then one of the first tractors and finally one of the first proprelled combines in Adams county.
While at RHS Olson played on the school's firt basketbal team, which it was said once had a tie game called because of darkeness. A basketball game between RHS and the state normal school at Cheney was called off on account darkness because there were no lights in the grain warehouse here, where the game was played. He worked his first harvest as a high school youth in 1903 when he drove a header box. A crew spent 28 days harvesting about 600 acres of Turkey Red, Olson once said. This yielded about 20 bushels to the acre.

Ritzville Journal Times May 8, 1958 Sue Gardner & gapwork90


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  • Created by: Scott Bolliger
  • Added: 24 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41109504
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John E. L. Olson (25 Jul 1886–24 Apr 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41109504, citing Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Scott Bolliger (contributor 46935216) .