Biography of Peter M. Olson
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Peter M. Olson won a gratifying measure of success as a farmer in Saunders county and his demise was deeply regretted. A native of Sweden, he was born in 1828, a son of Ola Pearsson. He received his education at home under the instruction of his parents and when nine years of age he began working for a tailor. He followed the tailor's trade until he was twenty years old, when he turned his attention to farthing, devoting his time to that occupation in Sweden until 1868, when at the age of forty years he came to the United States. He remained for two years in Illinois, but in April, 1870, came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and took up a homestead in Stocking precinct, which he operated successfully until 1897. Having accumulated a competence, he retired in that year and removed to Wahoo, where he lived for a number of years. Early in 1915 he went to live with his son on the homestead and on the 11th of May, that year, was called to his final reward.

Mr. Olson was first married in Sweden in 1861, but his wife, Mrs. Johanna Olson, passed away in 1867. They were the parents of four hildren, three of whom died when small. The other child, Alfred P. Olson, was left in Sweden when three years of age but subsequently joined his father in this country. Mr. Olson was a widower when he came to the United States but in 1873 was married in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to Miss Hannah Anderson, by whom he had two children: Oscar August, who was born March 2, 1874, and died in 1895; and Emily Sophia, whose birth occurred February 8, 1876, and who died when three years old.

Mr. Olson gave his political allegiance to the republican party, and his religious affiliation was that of the Swedish Lutheran church. He reached an advanced age and received the honor and respect due to those who have through the years of a long life been guided by high standards.

Alfred P. Olson was born in Sweden on the 30th of May, 1865, but since 1872 has resided in the United States as in that year he came to this country with his uncle, Nels Olson, and joined his father here. He started to school when ten years old and continued his education at intervals until he was twenty years of age. Since beginning his independent career he has concentrated his energies upon agricultural pursuits and now owns two hundred acres of excellent land, upon which he has made many improvements. He does general farming and his well directed labors yield him a good income. His residence has all of the modern conveniences, including running water and acetylene light, and the attractiveness of the farm is enhanced by a nice grove of catalpa trees.

Mr. Olson was married on the 4th of January 1887, to Miss Julia Larson, who died in 1898. They became the parents of four children: Julia A., deceased; Augusta Eleanor, the wife of Harry G. Nelson, of Weston; Arthur J., engaged in the automobile business in Wahoo; and Alvin E., who married Jennie Polsley. On the 19th of July, 1894, Mr. Olson was again married, Miss Cora Jennie Larson becoming his wife. They have five children: Ebba L and Ernest Leonard Dewey, who are attending college at Wahoo; and Julia, Oscar M. C. and Myrtle H. M., who are attending the Swedeburg school.

Mr. Olson votes independently, believing that the fitness of the candidate for the office in question is of greater importance than his political affiliation. His religious faith is that of the Swedish Lutheran church. He is recognized as one of the able farmers of the county and also as a public spirited citizen and a man of unquestioned integrity.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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