History of Ole Helgasson
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OLE HELGE OLSON
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