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Olaus Olson RAALIEN

Birth:               Olaus's death certificate (see below) states he was born 25 Oct 1874, in Swift County, Minnesota. However, his older sister, Inger, was born 3 Apr 1874 so certificate birth date would be incorrect. Olaus's daughter, Olga, claims he was born 11 Nov 1875 in Wilmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

Death:              3 Aug 1953     Cobble Hill, BC

Burial:              Mt. View, Somenos, North Cowichan      

Father:           Ole Olson RAALIEN  (1844-1935)  

Mother:          Rangdi JOHANNSON (1849-1925)


Spouse:    Bedina Anderson

Birth:         20 Feb 1883, Hallingdal, Norway   

Death:       14 Jan 1961, Cobble Hill, BC, Canada

Father:   Arnelius Anderson  1847-1924                        

Mother:  Ingri Tollefsond     1845-1922


Marriage:    25 Jan 1903



Eddie Henry Olson  1905-1963

Melvin Casper Olson  1907-1967

Olga Inez Olson  1909-1966

Oscar Bartholph Olson  1911-

Edna Isabelle Olson   1912-1983

Peder Adolph Olson   1914-1955

Alfred William Olson   1916-1971

Alice Lorella Olson   1919-1985



Continued notes for Olaus Olson Raalien ...      

  • 1900 US census shows Olaus at 23 years of age living at home and working steadily as a farm labourer.


  • In 'The Jensens' - a recounting by Vi McVee  for the publication 'Gleaning Along the Way' (posted on a sentence reads, "The older children walked to school or sometimes skied, on skis made by a good neighbour, Olaus Olsen. "
by Olga Lowery (daughter) as written for
'Gleaning Along the Way' and posted on

    Mr. Olaus Olson was the son of Ole and Rangdi Olson who had emigrated from Kongsvinger, Norway in 1865 and settled at Wilmar, Minnesota where he was born November 11, 1875.

     When a young man, he used to go to the logging camps during the winter and in the spring, he would be one of the log drivers keeping the logs moving down the river to the mills.  During the rest of the year he worked his farm.

On January 25, 1903, he married Bedina Anderson, daughter of Arneluis Anderson.  They farmed the area of Middle River until they came to Canada in 1909.  Here they raised a family of ten children, in the area which later became Naicam. 

   Here he farmed and did blacksmithing for his neighbours.  Mrs. Olson always grew a big garden which she often shared with those who needed help.  They were willing workers for the church.  Mrs. Olson being on of the first in membership of the Lutheran Ladiesí Aid there.  The older children attended the Lac Vert School, the younger ones attended the Naicam School. 

   Mr. Olsonís father lived his last years with them, passing away in his hundredth year.

   In 1938, their son Eddy had acquired a farm south of Watson so it was decided his parents should come and live with him.  Eddy and his brother Oscar did mixed farming and raised mink.  Here they left for British Columbia where several of their other children lived.

   Mr. and Mrs. Olson enjoyed many years after their retirement in British Columbia, with most of their family near.

   Mr. Olson passed away August 1953; Mrs. Olson in January, 1961.


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  • Written below: "Husband: Olaus. In same plot as Edna Ness / Gay Crocker stone"