Ole Helgi Olson

22 Jun 1870 - 24 Apr 1945

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Ole Helgi Olson

22 Jun 1870 - 24 Apr 1945
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OLE HELGE OLSON (OLAFUR HELGASON) 1870-1945 This history has been reformatted and retyped by Thomas W. Olson a Grandson, July 2008. This history of Grandpa Olson is a compilation of two different histories that I’ve woven together. As his grandson I remember just a few things about Grandpa. Dad wo
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Ole Helgi Olson


Spanish Fork City Cemetery

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Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah
United States

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Mother - Father


June 28, 2011


June 27, 2011

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History of Ole Helgasson

Contributor: ScottDimmick Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

OLE HELGE OLSON (OLAFUR HELGASON) 1870-1945 This history has been reformatted and retyped by Thomas W. Olson a Grandson, July 2008. This history of Grandpa Olson is a compilation of two different histories that I’ve woven together. As his grandson I remember just a few things about Grandpa. Dad would take us to Spanish Fork on occasion to visit, and I vaguely remember spending time with Grandpa and Grandma. I remember that Grandma never did learn to speak English. At least she didn’t use it with us. When Grandpa died I do remember going to his funeral services in Spanish Fork. Ole was born June 23, 1870, to Helgi Olafsson and Thuridur (Puridur) Halldorsson at Bjornshot, Holt, Rangarvalla, Iceland. He had a half brother, Knstjan Honsson, and a half sister, Gudrid Gudnuson. He was christened June 24, 1870, into the Lutheran Church. He moved from one farm to another doing farm labor with his parents. His father died in Gordohohi, April 20, 1889, at the age of 55 and was buried May 4, 1889. After the death of his father Ole went to Vestmannaeyar to find work around the shipyards. While there he became acquainted with the girl he later married. He left Iceland, alone, and stayed in New York one night where he signed his name at the hotel as Olafur Helgason. The next morning he took out his citizenship papers and changed his name to Ole Helge Olson to be more Americanized. He arrived in Spanish Fork June 12, 1892, at the age of twenty-two years. He was met by Thorbjorg Holmfred Magnusdottir, the girl he had fallen in love with back in Iceland. She had come to America the year before with her parents. John Lohollesson was his sponsor. He had sent him the money to come to America. Meanwhile, Thorbjorg had worked sheering sheep and anything else she could do to save enough money for their marriage license. They were married on July 6, 1862. They went directly to work in the coal mines located at Scofield, Carbon, Utah. They lived with Jewel Arnson and spent the coldest winter they had ever experienced. It was the first time they had seen snow. By spring they were back in Spanish Fork, where Olafur didn’t find it hard to get a job. Work was difficult to find in Iceland which was the main reason for immigrating to America. They stayed with Gudrun Johnson while they built a house. Olafur was making $l.25 a day when he bought the lot and built their home. Ole held many positions and followed many trades during his life; sheep-shearing, bookkeeping, employee of the sugar company and the railroad, and for many years he was also an employee of the Co-op Store in Spanish Fork beginning on September 17, 1919, and worked there until he retired on February 9, 1940, at the age of seventy. He also served as a councilman for the city of Spanish Fork for two years. Ole and Topa, as he affectionately called his wife, were the parents of seven children, two of whom died in childhood. He provided a good living for his family and guided them wisely. He learned to read and write the English language after coming to the United States. Ole died April 24, 1945, of a cerebral hemorrhage and was buried in the Spanish Fork Cemetery. Their seven children: Ole Christian Olson 25 July 1893 Victor Olson 17 Aug 1894 Gudbjorg Inyaldur Olson 17 Feb 1896 Hannah Margaret 21 Nov 1901 Roy Victor Olson 05 June 1905 William Howard Olson 01 Feb 1909 Gilbert Haljmar Olson 20 July 1914

Life timeline of Ole Helgi Olson

Ole Helgi Olson was born on 22 Jun 1870
Ole Helgi Olson was 13 years old when Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.
Ole Helgi Olson was 24 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
Ole Helgi Olson was 38 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Ole Helgi Olson was 42 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Ole Helgi Olson was 50 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
Ole Helgi Olson was 69 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Ole Helgi Olson died on 24 Apr 1945 at the age of 74
Grave record for Ole Helgi Olson (22 Jun 1870 - 24 Apr 1945), BillionGraves Record 28918 Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States