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 Ottilie Margaret “Tillie” <I>Olson</I> Wintrone

Ottilie Margaret “Tillie” Olson Wintrone

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 1918 (aged 32-33)
Devils Lake, Ramsey County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Dallas, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 7902742 · View Source
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Tillie M. Olson (1885-1918) Wintrone worked as a private secretary at the O'Connor and Goldberg shoe store in Chicago. She and her husband became homesteaders in Devil's Lake in North Dakota where they both died during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919. (b. July 1885, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA - d. 1918, Devils Lake, Ramsey County, North Dakota, USA)

Tillie M. Olson, Matilda Olson, Tillie Wintrone.

Tillie was the daughter of Otto Olson (1857-1921) a barber born in Farsund, Norway and Hannah E. Hansen (1864-1936) born in Oslo, Norway.

July 29, 1885 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

Her siblings include: Harry Oliver Olson (1887-1964) who married Germaine X (1900-1920); Mabel Olson (1890-1971) who married Jesse Clay (1888-1976); Norman Otto Olson (1895-1977) who married Isabelle Wickman (1901-1931) and after her death married Eva Folkerts (1904-2000); and Helen Olive Olson (1900-1970) who married John Lozinski (1896-1980).

In Chicago Tillie worked in an office in the O'Connor and Goldberg shoe store as a private secretary. The economist Milton Friedman worked at the same store in 1932. Tillie appeared in the 1900 US Census living at 147 Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. In the 1910 Chicago City Directory she is listed as a "clerk" working at 262 5th Avenue and living at 465 Milwaukee Avenue. Tillie's family would visit her mother's siblings in Dallas, Wisconsin.

She married Norval Wintrone on March 26, 1913 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Norval chose to become a homesteader in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, so he would not have to serve in World War I.

Tille and Norval died within a few days of each other during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. Their youngest child also died. The influenza epidemic of 1918 killed 2,700 North Dakotans.

Hazel Wintrone, her surviving daughter was then raised, first, by Hannah Hansen and later by Jesse Clay and Mabel Olson.

Tillie and Norval are buried in the New Scandinavia Cemetery in Wisconsin.

Tillie Olson (1885-1918) was the first cousin, twice removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on September 25, 2005. Updated with their marriage date and location on July 16, 2011. Updated with her date of birth on April 21, 2014.


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 25 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7902742
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ottilie Margaret “Tillie” Olson Wintrone (29 Jul 1885–1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7902742, citing New Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery, Dallas, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .