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[#25414] Otto Olson (1858-1921) of Farsund, Norway and Chicago, USA

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Otto Olson (1858-1921) aka Ottan Olsen aka Otto Olsen; Emigrated from Norway to Chicago, Illinois in 1877 and worked as a Barber (b. February 09, 1858, Vanse, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. April 12, 1921, 465 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA) Otto was born in 1858 to Ole Mattias Pedersen (1820-c1914) a baker and Thea Johanne Torstensdatter (1825-1865). Otto was christened under the name 'Otan Olesen' in Vanse parish on March 21, 1858. Otto's siblings include: Peder (Peter) Mathias Olsen (1851-?) aka Peder Pedersen, who's daughter, Inga Pedersen (1885-1927), emigrated to the US and married Emil Schneider; Theodore Johan Olsen (1852-?); Sopie Marie Olsdatter (1852-aft1908); Josette (Joletta) Theresa Olsdatter (1855-?); Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938) aka Hannah Eline Olsdatter, who emigrated to Chicago in Illinois and married Andrew Jensen (1861-1930); and the youngest was Salmine Sophia Pedersen (1862-1914) aka Salmine Sopie Severine Olsdatter who married John Edward Winblad (1856-1914) and emigrated to New York City. Otto's mother, Thea, died at a young age and Ole raised the 7 children alone, and never remarried. The family is listed in the 1865 Norway Census. Otto emigrated to the USA in 1877 and he lived in Chicago and worked as a barber. He may appear in the 1880 US Census living in Praire Farm, Barron County, Wisconsin, or this may be another Otto Olson. On September 04, 1884, under the name 'Ottan Olsen' he married 'Hannah E. Hansen' (1864-1936) at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Chicago. Their marriage certificate is number 00057254. Together they had the following children: Tille Olson (1885-1918) who married Norval Wintrone (1890-1918) and they both died along with a child in the influenza pandemic of 1918; Harry Oliver Olson (1887-1964) who served as a Lieutenant in World War I, married a French woman named Germaine X (1900-1920) who died after two years of marriage in San Francisco, and they had no children; Mabel Olson (1890-1971) who married Jesse Garrett Clay (1888-1976) and had one child and four grandchildren; Norman Otto Olson (1895-1977) who married Isabelle Wickman (1901-1931) and had one child then married Eva Folkert (1904-2000) from Germany and had three children; and Helen Olive Olson (1900-1970) who married John Lozinski (1896-1980) and after a divorce married Frank Kirpichoff (1891-1965). Otto is listed in the 1880-1890 Chicago City Directory as a barber, working or living at 183 Milwaukee Avenue. In 1897 Otto was visiting his family in Norway and on August 20, 1897 he left from Kristiansand to return to Chicago and he is listed as a barber on the ship's manifest. In 1900 Otto and Hannah were living at 167 Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago and appear in the US Census. Otto wrote a postcard to his sister, Salmine and her husband John Winblad on December 25, 1908 and it reads as follows: 'Mr. John Winblad, 437 Wayne Street, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, We thank our God, that we're not homeless this Christmas, in snow and storm and slush. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your affectionate brother, Otto Olson'. In the 1910 Chicago City Directory Otto is listed as a coal dealer working at 452 North Union and as a barber at 465 Milwaukee Avenue, while living at 465 Milwaukee Avenue for both entries. The coal business appears to have not lasted long. On October 30, 1912 Otto under the name 'Otto Olsen' returned from Kristiania, Akershus, Norway to his home in Chicago via New York City. His sister Salmine, died on December 18, 1914 while she was visiting Farsund. In 1917 Otto was again listed in the Chicago City Directory as a barber living and working at 465 Milwaukee Avenue. Otto died in 1921 of 'chronic disease of the heart with chronic nephritis' while he was living at 465 Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. He was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery at 3800 North Narragansett Avenue in Chicago with his wife Hannah. Otto's Death Certificate incorrectly lists his birth year as '1857'. It is listed as 1858 in his baptism record at Vanse parish in Farsund, Norway. Hannah died on April 24, 1936 and was buried on April 27, 1936. There are four extant lines descending from Otto: Tille; Mabel; Norman; and Helen. Otto also had a sister, Lena living in Chicago, but the families drifted apart after Otto's death, so that by 2003 only Hazel Wintrone (1916- ) remembered the Jensen side of the family in Chicago. Otto also had a cousin that came over from Farsund and settled in Minnesota. His name was Jakob E. Willumsen (1853-1928). Jacob left his children behind in the US and returned to Norway after his wife died. Otto also had a neice that came over from Farsund: Inga Pedersen (1885-1927) who married Emil Schneider (c1880-1955). Inga was the daughter of Otto's brother: Peder Mathias Olsen (1848-?) who married Serena Larsen. Peder and Serena remained behind in Norway. On June 19, 2004, Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) visited Dorothy Lozinski (1920- ) in Chicago. Dorothy is a grand-daughter of Otto. Source: Richard Arthur Norton (1958-?).

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Richard, are you looking for descendants, showing us your research, or what?I thought I recognised a name in one of your current posts, but I was mistaken. Sorry!You might consider dividing your text into paragraphs for increased legibility...

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Sorry for using lots of words. I am looking for living relatives in Norway, and if anyone can fill in missing info where I have a question marks in the text. I also wanted to make sure my info was archived somewhere, so it lives on after I die. I got a few hist in the USA from people but they would give me info I already had, so I wanted to make sure everythung was put here so there was no duplication.

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CORRECTION: CORRECTION:Inga Pedersen was born in 1883 to Peter Andreas Pedersen (1830-?) and Serine Larsen (1840-?) aka Severina Larsdatter. Inga was their youngest child. Peter and Serine appear in the 1900 Norway Census, living at 50b Nykastelgaden Street in Farsund. Peter Andreas Pedersen (1830-?) is the brother of Ole Mathias Pedersen (1822-1914).

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