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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Eau Claire Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 314 - 338)

"O" Surnames

OLESON, George
OLESON, Peter OWEN, John S.


OLESON, George

GEORGE OLESON, Eau Claire, came to La Crosse, in June, 1866, and remained there for two or three years, when he came to Porter's Mills, and worked in the mills for four years. In 1872, he came to Eau Claire and engaged in the livery business on the north side; his stable is now located on Wisconsin street, near corner of Barstow. He was born in Norway, May 22, 1845, and came direct to La Crosse from his native land. He has been Alderman of the First Ward for two years, is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W., and was married in Eau Claire, Sept. 12, 1872, to Mary Peterson, who was also born in Norway. They have two children, Alfred L. and Emma.



PETER OLESON, Eau Claire, was born in Norway, Sept. 13, 1841, and came to America in 1868, locating in La Crosse, where he remained three months. In the Fall of 1868, came to Eau Claire, and engaged in lumbering and logging until the Fall of 1874, when he opened a boarding house. Continued that for one year, when he entered into partnership with his brother George, in the livery business, in which he is now engaged. He was married in Eau Claire, in November, 1870, to Mary Johnson, who was born in Norway. They have two children, Julius Oliver and Edward Henry.


OWEN, John S.

JOHN S. OWEN, lumberman and farmer, Eau Claire, is a son of John G. Owen, a lumberman at East Saginaw, Mich. He was born in Clarkston, Oakland Co., Mich., May J, 1849, and lived there until 1863, when he moved to Waterford. In 1867, he went to Saginaw, where he engaged in the wholesale grocery business. He came to Eau Claire in August, 1873, and engaged in lumbering, logging and farming. He was married in East Saginaw, Jan. 10, 1872, to Cora M. Rust, a native of that city. They have three children - Almey Rust, John G. and Jessie W.

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