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 Ole Nelson Beim

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Ole Nelson Beim

  • Birth 7 Sep 1855 Norway
  • Death 12 Jan 1937 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Plot SE 1/4 of Lot 109, Section 7.
  • Memorial ID 5316241

Ole Nelson BEIM, born in Hafslo, Norway Sep. 7, 1855, to Niels Christenson and Kari Zachariasdotter, emigrated in 1874 and was 1st married in La Crosse, WI Dec. 6, 1880 to Gina Olsen AAMODT, born in WI (Vernon Co.?) about 1856. They may have farmed for a short time at Highland Prairie near Rushford, Fillmore Co., MN, but soon
homesteaded at Cuming, Hughes Co., SD (or in Faulk Co., SD?) where Gina died in childbirth, perhaps about 1886(?). Then Ole remarried in 1890 to Sarah ELLIOTT, born in Green Lake Co., WI, Oct. 4, 1871. They remained on a farm near Millard, Faulk Co., SD until moving, apparently about 1897,
to Des Moines, Polk Co., IA where Ole was a railroader and later an insurance salesman. He retired in 1922, and Sarah died while visiting relatives in Seattle, WA June 21, 1923. Ole Beim died visiting relatives of his wife's in San José, CA Jan. 12, 1937. He had five children, two from his 1st marriage and three from the 2nd.


This biography is from from Lars Oyane, Luster County (Norway) Historian.

lars.e.oyane@sdsl.no

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See each wife's memorial for their respective children.

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Ole N. Beim married (2) Sara Elliot Feb 13, 1890 at Millard German Evangelical Church by George Fischer. The witnesses were William, her brother, and M. E. Elliot, William's wife, of Millard. Paperwork was filed Nov 12, 1890. Info from Faulk Co Register Deeds.

Courtesy of Dennise Harmon


(Beim family tree on Ancestry has the wedding date as June 20, 1890.)

KG

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Excerpt from Almost All Aliens, by Paul Spickard,
Publication Date: June 23, 2007 | ISBN-10: 0415935938 | ISBN-13: 978-0415935937. With permission of the author.

Ole Beheim was one of these. He was a younger son, and so would have spent his life as a laborer on the farm that his older brother was due to inherit. His mother encouraged him to try America and gave him money to pay his passage. Not speaking a word of English, he went by ship and train to Minneapolis. In a few years' time he was running a general store in a small town in Iowa. He taught himself English, simplified his name to Beim, and stopped speaking Norwegian. He married an American woman of English descent, buried her a few years later, and started a second family with another Anglo-American woman. Then gold was discovered in the Klondike in 1897 and he was off. He abandoned his family for nearly two years, went to Alaska by boat from San Francisco, and made a small fortune in the downstream gold diggings before returning to store keeping in South Dakota. Ole Beim lived out his later days as an insurance salesman, traveling up and down the Pacific Coast and selling small policies to immigrants and other working people. He died in the 1930s in a business hotel in San Francisco. By that time his children had achieved education—some through college and one the holder of two master's degrees—grown to adulthood, and acquired middle-class status, professional jobs, and large houses.



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  • Maintained by: Kent Gebhard
  • Originally Created by: Carolyn Farnum
  • Added: 24 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5316241
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ole Nelson Beim (7 Sep 1855–12 Jan 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5316241, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Kent Gebhard (contributor 47001358) .