Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

With Myers, Moen, Drayer, Colby, Samuelson, Sprung, and others

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Born in Lenox, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, this day in 1795: My third great-grandmother Eliza Brown (m. Myers). Buried in Oskaloosa, Iowa, with her son, Henry Bennett Myers. For most of her adult life, Eliza lived in Sunbury, Delaware County, Ohio, near where her parents had pioneered in 1808. Her husband Lawrence Myers co-founded the town in 1816 and built a stagecoach inn there. After Lawrence died, Eliza continued to operate the inn for at least fifteen years, before moving to Oskaloosa…

1961 Uncle Olaf David

Died this day in 1972: my granduncle Olaf Larson, twelfth of Ole’s 13 children. I remember visiting Olaf with my parents, when he lived alone in a cheap hotel in Longview. I don’t know if he was still working in the mills; I think he had done so earlier. He smoked constantly (well, Grandpa smoked too, and Dad, of course). He seemed quite frail, at least as frail as Grandpa, although he was 12 years younger. At least, that was…

City cemetery, Frankfort, SD

OK, I’m cheating a little, but there are two good ones tomorrow. So, I give you my great grandmother Hanna May “Hattie” Sprung (m. Drayer), born 24 January 1861 in Huron County, Ontario, Canada. Her great-grandfather was the adopted child of a Loyalist during the American Revolution, and removed to a British land grant in Canada. Read more …  

1922 Smith Larson stone2i

Died in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this day in 1922: my granduncle Smith Larson. I knew very little about him until I began my research. He died in his early forties, a bachelor with no children, and was not on my radar as much as some of Grandpa Isaac’s other siblings. He was apparently in good health all his life, until he volunteered to rejoin the US Marine Corps as the US entered World War I. He needed a special waiver to…

1910c Kari large fam (2)

Died in Dunn County, Wisconsin this day in 1918: my great grandaunt Kari Larsdatter (m. Nesseth). She is buried in Deer Park cemetery near Menominee, but apparently her grave is unmarked. While two of Ole Larson’s sisters immigrated together with Ole and their mother, Kari followed a different trajectory. She married Ole Nesseth and bore her first three children in Norway, immigrating with her young family three years after Ole and the others. Read more …

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