A. J. Olson, who has lived in Saunders county for more than three decades, was formerly actively and successfully
identified with agricultural pursuits here but since 1911 has conducted an up to date and well equipped garage
at Ithaca in association with his brother. He was born in Skane, Sweden, on the 2d of July, 1862, and when a little
lad of six years was brought to the United States by his parents, who established their home in Bureau county,
Illinois There he attended school and spent the period of his minority but in 1884 came to Saunders county, Nebraska,
here purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of railroad land two miles southwest of Ithaca. The operation of this
property claimed his time and energies continuously until 1907 and his efforts were rewarded in bounteous crops
annually, for he carried on his farming interests according to the most modern and practical methods of agriculture.
After leaving the farm he took up his abode in Ithaca and in 1911 he and his brother built the garage which they
have since conducted so successfully, being accorded a most gratifying patronage.
On the 80th of December, 1886, Mr. Olson was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Danielson, whose parents were natives
of Sweden and emigrated to this country in the year 1868. Mr. Olson exercises his right of franchise in support
of the men and measures of the republican party, while in religious faith he is a Methodist. He is indeed worthy
of the proud American title of a self made man, starting out in business life empty handed and by dint of energy,
industry and perseverance working his way steadily upward to a position among the substantial and representative
citizens of his adopted county.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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