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Olaf Peter Olsen

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Eskilstrup, Denmark
Death: December 2, 1963 (84)
St. Paul, MN, United States
Place of Burial: Mendota Heights, Dakota, MN, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Jørgen Olsen and Karen Olsen
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Olsen
Father of Madeline Grace Olsen and Harold Kenneth Olsen
Brother of Hansine Kristine Hansen; Hans Christian Olsen; Carl Johannes Olsen and Niels Peder Olsen

Occupation: Lamp Lighter
Managed by: Jonas Emborg
Last Updated:

About Olaf Peter Olsen

The Hans Jorgen and Karen Olsen family departed Copenhagen, Denmark aboard the ship GEISER on July 18, 1888. They intended to become citizens of the United States of America. Olaf was 9 years of age, his sister Hansine 7 years, brother, Hans 4 years, and brother, Carl only 2 years old. The family settled on farm land near Menomonee, Wisconsin. Karen, their mother, died in childbirth on January 2, 1892 causing Hans Jorgen Olsen to return to Denmark. Olaf did not leave, instead he stayed on the land, formerly his fathers, and worked for the new owner who provided him a place to live.

As of summer 2010 the old family home was still standing, but in a slow process of disassemblement.

(In 1956 Olaf went back to visit Denmark together with his brother, Carl He enjoyed that visit so very much and somehow remembered some of the Danish language.)

Karen, Olaf's mother, is buried at Oakridge Cemetery located about one mile East from the land the family owned and farmed in Wisconsin. Members of Olaf's family continue to visit Karen's grave annually for the country's Memorial Day observance.

Olaf worked as a farm hand and attended some schooling, he later worked for the Milwaukee Railroad as a water boy and finally moved to Minneapolis where he worked in a lumber yard. He became a motorman for Twin City Lines a streetcar system in the metro area of St. Paul and Minneapolis. His salary was only 16 cents per hour back in 1899. Later on he worked at a saw mill passing wood to the man running the saw and this paid $5.00 per week.

Where Olaf boarded he was lent money to buy a horse and then became a lamplighter for the city streets. In 1918 he went back to work for the Twin City Lines and stayed there until his retirement.

Olaf owned an automobile for many years, enjoyed fishing, loved gardening, and raised chickens until the city of St. Paul passed an ordinance against keeping them in the city.

Olaf was active as a Knight Templer, a Masonic organization.

Olaf is buried beside his wife, Mary and son, Harold and wife, Virginia at Acacia Park Cemetery located in Mendota Heights, MN.

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Olaf Peter Olsen's Timeline

April 2, 1879
Eskilstrup, Denmark
- 1899
Age 15
Minnesota, United States
August 5, 1903
Age 24
St. Paul, MN, United States
July 21, 1907
Age 28
St. Paul, MN, United States
- 1954
Age 38
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
December 2, 1963
Age 84
St. Paul, MN, United States
December 1963
Age 84
Mendota Heights, Dakota, MN, USA
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Eskilstrup, Denmark