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Harry Oliver Olson

  • Birth 27 Jul 1887 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 6 Jan 1965 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 7882842

Harry Oliver Olson (1887-1965) was a lieutenant in World War I and after the war he was a street car conductor in San Francisco, California and later he was a house painter in Chicago. (b. July 27, 1887, 138 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60618, USA - d. January 06, 1965, Veterans Administration Research Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60618, USA) Social Security Number 351076059.

Harry's birth certificate had his name as "Harry Oswald Olsen" and it was formally corrected on April 29, 1939 to "Harry Oliver Olsen". The witness for the correction was his brother Norman who was living at 1548 West Austin Avenue in Chicago at the time.

Harry was the second born child of Otto Olson (1858-1921) of Farsund, Norway; and Hannah Hansen (1863-1936) of Oslo, Norway.

He was born on July 27, 1887 at 138 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

His siblings include: Tille Olson (1885-1918) who married Norval Wintrone (1890-1918) in Wisconsin then she and her husband died in the influenza pandemic at Devil's Lake, North Dakota; Mabel Olson (1890-1971) who married Jesse Garrett Clay (1888-1976) and had one child and four grandchildren; and Helen Olive Olson (1900-1970) who married John Lozinski (1896-1980) and later married Frank Kirpichoff (1891-1965).

Chicago, Illinois:
In 1900 Harry was living with his parents on Milwaukee Avenue and in 1910 he was living at 465 Milwaukee Avenue and appeared in the Chicago City Directory working as a "laborer".

World War I:
In 1918 he served in World War I in Europe.

When he returned to the US he married Germaine X (1900-1920), a French woman that he met through a friend that served with him in the War.

San Francisco, California:
They moved to San Francisco where he worked as a cablecar motorman. In 1920 he was living with Germaine at 1007 Fillmore Street in San Francisco, California.

Death of wife:
Germaine died of tuberculosis in 1920.

Chicago, Illinois:
In 1930 he was a widower living with his mother, Hannah; and his niece, Hazel Wintrone on Mozart Street in Chicago, and he was working as a house painter.

He died on January 06, 1965 at the Veterans Administration Research Hospital in Chicago.

His obituary appeared in the Chicago Tribune and it read as follows: "Harry O. Olson, Jan. 6, 1965, dear brother of Mrs. Mabel Clay, Norman O. Olson, Mrs. Helen Kirchicoff [sic], and the late Mrs. Tillie Wintrone. Funeral Friday, January 08, 2 p.m., from the Klemundt Funeral Home, 3315 Irving Park Road. Interment Mount Olive Cemetery. Member of Union Labor Post, No. 745, A.L. IR 8-1212."

He was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago on January 08, 1965.

Harry Oliver Olson (1887-1965) was the first cousin, twice removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on September 20, 2003.


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 20 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7882842
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Oliver Olson (27 Jul 1887–6 Jan 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7882842, citing Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .