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Irene Marion Olsen[1]

Female 1902 -

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  • Name Irene Marion Olsen 
    Born 17 May 1902  Medford, Taylor, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    • Irene Bohn, b. 17 May 1902, d. 26 Mar 1989, McKenna, Pierce, WA, SSN issued CA

      Irene remembers living in the Olsen house near Medford, Wisconsin.
      The house was by the Black River. All the four Olsen children,
      Ruth,Russell, Irene, and Inez, were born there near Medford. Irene
      said that they all came to Williston, North Dakota, by train from
      Medford.This would have been about 1907, when Ruth was 12, Russell
      was 10,Irene was 5, and Inez was 3.

      About 1907 Charlie Olsen came out to ND from Wisconsin to
      locate suitable homesteading land. He had been a logger in Wisconsin,
      but wanted some of the productive, cheap farming land which was
      being opened to homesteading in ND. He left his wife and four
      children near Medford, WI, and spent a winter locating the final
      property in the NW corner of ND.

      The property he selected was very near some land homesteaded by
      Bertha Mindrum Edenloff and her husband. Bertha was Charlie's cousin,
      and a daughter of Peter Mindrum of Highland Prairie, MN. Bertha,
      her husband, and family of four children moved to ND from MN.

      Charlie originally homesteaded a quarter section (160) acres, when
      the former Indian lands were opened to homesteading. The ranch
      property was in an area known as Stady, and was several miles north of
      Hanks and northeast of Grenora. Charlie later bought an additional
      160 acres from a widow, for a total farm acreage of 320 acres. It
      was this property he lost in 1934 because he could not pay the taxes.

      After coming to ND and filing on the original property, his
      wife, Alice, and four children came out from Wisconsin by train to
      join him. At first the entire Olsen family stayed with the Bertha
      Edenloff family in a sod house, until Charlie had their own house

      Charlie's house was built with lumber brought from Crosby, ND.
      He farmed hard for over 25 years from about 1908 to 1934, and raised
      both wheat and cattle, but in the end the "dry years" ruined him.

      Both Inez and Irene remember how Charlie drilled and developed
      the spring near their farm home in ND. The spring was about 150 feet
      from the house, in a slight ravine, and it produced a clear, cool,
      and plentiful water supply which was the best in the area.
      Their neighbors would use the water when their own springs went dry.
      (During a visit to the Grenora area in June, 1978, Joan and Irving
      Smith learned that the water source is still referred to as "Charlie
      Olsen Spring." It is still producing cool, clear water - even though
      the house is long since gone.)

      Both Inez and Irene remember their childhood well, although they
      only lived in ND for about 12 years from 1907 to 1919. They recalled
      the vastness of the ND prairies - the cold, blizzard-filled winters
      and the hot, dry summers. Inez described the rustle of their
      mother's full skirt as she would walk through the tall prairie grass
      with the young children. They recalled when the first barbed wire was
      used on the prairie, and how the horses would get so badly cut after
      running into the unfamiliar wire.

      Inez said the her sister, Ruth, went to high school at Williston
      and Normal School at Minot, ND for about two years, and then
      began teaching school in the area. Both Inez and Irene wanted to do
      the same thing as Ruth and become teachers. However, the 1918
      flu epidemic changed the course of their lives when the public
      schools in ND were closed and they both moved to California and lived
      with their Grandmother Morrow. It was about this time that Irene had
      some type of lung operation. Inez had just finished the 8th grade.

      Irene recalled that Fred Baxter (John Backster's older brother) was
      a carpenter and that Fred did much work for Charlie at their farm
      near Stady, North Dakota. He built their barn and also the cabinets
      in their house. He also built some sliding doors in the front room.

      She also said that Ruth Olsen went with a man named Charles Fay
      (Faye) before she started going with John Backster. Ruth reportedly
      boarded at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fay while she was teaching in the
      Grenora area, and it was then that she met their son, Charles Fay.
      Ruth taught in the Rudser area.

      Irene said that when Inez moved to Washington from California in
      1934, that she (Irene) had married Gus Diesslin and had her two
      sons already, while also living in California. [2]
    Person ID I1425  Mindrum
    Last Modified 23 Aug 2018 

    Father Charles John Olson,   b. 30 Aug 1868, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1944, Centralia, Lewis, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Mary Alice Morrow,   b. 29 Jun 1862, Viola, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1942, Adna, Lewis, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1894  Medford, Taylor, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mary Alice was a brother to Charles Morrow who married Julia Olsen , whowas Charles' sister so their children were "double cousins."., , On May 8, 1890 Charles Olsen and his brothers Peter and James, , broughta house and farmland on the Black River from two single , brothers wholived in Oregon. They paid the Whitte brothers $750.00 , for the landand house or about $9.37 an acre! On February 1894 the , brothers Peterand James sold their interest in 40 acres of the , property, along withthe house, to their brother Charles for the sum , of $1.00., , Charles and Mary Alice lived on the farm near the Black River, , whereCharlie worked primarily as a logger and also did some farming. , Hefelled timber in the extensive White Pine forests which then , coveredmost of Wisconsin, and would also help float logs down the , river tothe mills. They lived there for about 12 years before moving , to NorthDakota where they filed for a homestead near Stady, North , Dakota. OnSeptember 29, 1910, Cha
    Olson, Charles family
    Olson, Charles family
    Family ID F479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gus John Diesslin,   b. 29 Feb 1896, Ellsworth, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1973, Big Creek, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1922 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Mindrum GEDCOM file imported on 25 Jan 1999 from Addy Monsen.

    2. [S16] Social Security Death Index.