Ole Olson Raalien
Birth: 10 Dec 1844 Vinger, Norway
Death: 28 Jun 1935 Naicam, Saskatchewan, Canada
Father: Ole Pedersen Stomnervangen 1814-1906 Norway
Mother: Karen Andersdatter Flaksrud 1818-1860 Norway
Spouse: Rangdi Johannson (or Randi Johannesdatter)
Birth: 19 Sept 1849 Vinger, Norway
Death: 1925 Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Father: Johannes Paulsen Josefberget 1822-1869 Norway
Mother: Andrine Jensdatter 1820-unknown Norway
Marriage: abt 1867 Norway (1900 census states they had been married 33 years)
* What's in a name? Where did the name Olsen (or Olson) come from? Good questions. Perhaps the following excerpt from 'Remembering Grannie Irwin (Emma Raalien Irwin 1885-1976)' by Wendy Fraser provides the answer.
"As mom (Verona Irwin Thorne Fraser) remembered the story, great-grandfather Raalien co-signed a loan for a friend. The friend couldnít make the payments and skipped town. Then the bank and the authorities turned their focus to great-grandfather, who couldnít make the payments, either. The family was forced to make hurried arrangements to abandon their homestead and move on to a fresh start somewhere else.
Grannie never forgot the experience of leading the family cow down the back roads and trails, under cover of darkness, after they packed up all they could carry in their wagon and left their home for the final time.
Mom was always under the impression that this was when the family name
changed from Raalien to Olsen. The surname Olsen was as common in
Children: They had 12 children (in 1900 11 of them were living)
Karen Raalien b: 11 Jul 1868 Vinger Norway - d: 1931 Murdock, Minn. Married Ole Reistad (born 1865, Norway) in 1890.
Andrea Raalien b: 15 Apr 1872 Calmar, Iowa - d: Jan 1943 Middle River, Minn. Married Bernard Anderson (born Feb 1865,Norway) in 1890,Donnelly Minn.
Inger Raalien b: 03 Apr 1874 Kandiyohi County, Minn - d: 24 Aug 1949 Rugby, ND
Olaus Raalien b: 11 Nov 1875 Kandiyohi County, Minn - 3 Aug 1953 Duncan, BC
Anna [Annie] Raalien b: 22 Sep 1877 - d: 21 Jul 1976 Dawson Creek, BC,
Johan [John] Raalien b: 22 Aug 1879 Swift County, Minn - d: 19 May 1958 Rendsville Township, Minn
Berthea Raalien b: 24 Jul 1881 - d: unknown (but probably before 1885 Census)
Maria [Mary] Raalien b: 02 06 1883 Swift County, Minn - d: Jan 1923, Thief River Falls, Minn
Emma Raalien b: 30 May 1885 Swift County, Minn - d: 05 Oct 1976 Quesnel,BC
Bertha [Betty] Raalien b: 15 Apr 1887 Swift County, Minn - d: 1965 San Luis Obispo, Calif
Peder [Peter] Raalien b: 14 Mar 1889 - d: 10 Jun 1935 Hoover Dam, Nev
Olivia [Ollie] Raalien b: 25 Sep 1891 Grant County, Minn - d: 05 Nov 1952 Thief River Falls, Minn
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