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316. Walter Leroy6 Olson (Ida Belle5 Markley, George Washington4, Margaret (Peggy)3 Shockey, Christian C.2, Johann Christoffel (Shockey)1 Schake) (#363) was born Grainfield, Gove, Kansas, USA 25 Aug 1889. Walter died 08 Aug 1952 Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, at 62 years of age.

He married Harriet Ingeborg Nicholson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 11 Feb 1914. (Harriet Ingeborg Nicholson is #364.) Hattie was born Copenhagen, Denmark 11 Jan 1889. Hattie was the daughter of Jens Peter Nicholson and Thora Elizabeth Jesson. Hattie died 17 Jun 1955 Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, at 66 years of age. At 26 years of age Hattie became the mother of Andrew Earl Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 03 Dec 1915. At 28 years of age Hattie became the mother of Charles Herman Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 22 Sep 1917. Home, 1 3/4 miles south of Dwight.

At 30 years of age Hattie became the mother of Marie Elizabeth Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 16 Jan 1919. Home, 1 3/4 miles south of Dwight.

At 32 years of age Hattie became the mother of Laura Belle Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 19 Jan 1921. At 33 years of age Hattie became the mother of Harriet Louise Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 07 May 1922. At 40 years of age Hattie became the mother of George William Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 08 Nov 1929. At 43 years of age Hattie became the mother of John Eric Olson III 29 Feb 1932. Harriet I. Olson, Daughter of J. Peter and Thora E. Nicholson, was born January 11, 1889 in Copenhagen, Denmark and entered into rest at Dwight, Kansas, June 17, 1955 at the age of 66 years, 5 months, and 6 days. Mrs. Olson, at the age of one, with her parents, three brothers and three sisters came to america, settling for a short time in Junction City, Kansas, then to a farm northeast of Dwight. On February 11, 1914 she was united in marriage with Walter L. Olson of Dwight, and has resided in this community ever since. Her husband preceded her in death, October 8, 1952. To this union was born 7 children, Andrew E. of Dwight, Charles H. of Minneapolis, Kansas, Marie Kimmi of Troy, Kansas, Laura B. Welter of Whittier, Calif., Harriet Foor of Reading, Michigan, George W. of Manhattan, Kansas and John E. Olson of Kansas City, Kansas, all of whom survive. She is also survived by two brothers, George Nicholson of Kansas City, Mo. and Charles Nicholson of Centralia, Washington and one sister, Dagny Aspelin of Dwight, ten grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Harriet was baptized in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Lutheran faith, February 17, 1889, and as a young lady, joined the Methodist Church of Dwight of which she has been a true and faithful member. She also was a member of the Dwight Chapter N. 318 Eastern Star. She was a devoted wife and mother, unsparing and tireless in her service to her loved ones and friends. Hers was a busy life, until God pronounced it finished. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends. Following a short service at the home, a memorial service was held at the Dwight Methodist Church, Sunday, June 19, 1955 with Rev. Robert Caldwell officiating. Internment was at the Dwight Cemetery with six nephews, Herbert Olson, Albert Olson, Alfred Olson, George Finney, Edward Aspelin and James Aspelin as pallbearers. Mrs. Lura Walton was organist and Mrs Robert Buchanan sang two beautiful solos.

A page from Hattie's notebook; October 26, 1916 Started to build the house. December 12, 1916 Moved into our new home. May 1917 Put up the yard fence. June 28, 1917 Received the silo. July 17-21, 1917 Built the silo. September 4, 1917 Built cement tank. September 29-October 1, 1917 Filled the silo. July 1917 Got the 2-row cultivator. April 1918 Got the gasoline engine. May 16, 1918 Got the Delavel separator. (Got bowl for same May 1925) May 29, 1918 Got washing machine. July 1918 Got new wagon box. August 17-17, 1918 Filled the silo. June 1919 Bought Quinn pasture. Sept 23-30, 1920 Filled the silo. October 12, 1920 Received tile for chicken house. October 19-20, 1920 Built foundation for chicken house. November 17-20, 1920 Built tile part of chicken house. Nov 26-Dec 7, 1920 Put roof and put in windows - chicken house December 10, 1920 Put chickens in new house. August 29-30, 1921 Filled the silo. June 27, 1922 Bought binder. July 1922 Put up big steel granary. August 12, 1922 Bought tractor. June 20, 1923 Bought the Maxwell car. November 1-3, 1923 Dug cistern; Nov 6-7 laid the brick for same, Got the saddle 1923 February 1924 Got the radio. November 21, 1924 Bought the Ford Car - $375.00 February 6, 1925 Got new Bain Wagon Box - $27.50 April 6, 1925 New Harness - $65.00 February 1925 New saddle. Oct & Nov 1925 Got amplfier and loud speaker for radio. November 24 to December 10, 1925 Started to build the barn. December 12, 1925 Started to use the barn. Spring 1926 Purchased tractor, disc and curler. Summer 1926 Purchased cultivator. November 1926 Got new grinder. February 1928 Got new harness at Junction City. April 13, 1928 Purchased Chevrolet car Tractor - Allis Chalmers November 1928 Nash car October 1929 Got Litz Grinder. May 1929 Built tool shed and porch. June 1929 Got combine. December 1929 New Radio. December 1929 Got Ford pickup. August 10, 1939 Moved to Dwight farm. April 26, 1943 Foundation for silo. May 29-31 and June 1-2, 1943 Built silo - Dwight farm.

At 26 years of age Walter became the father of Andrew Earl Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 03 Dec 1915. At 28 years of age Walter became the father of Charles Herman Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 22 Sep 1917. Home, 1 3/4 miles south of Dwight.

At 29 years of age Walter became the father of Marie Elizabeth Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 16 Jan 1919. Home, 1 3/4 miles south of Dwight.

At 31 years of age Walter became the father of Laura Belle Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 19 Jan 1921. At 32 years of age Walter became the father of Harriet Louise Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 07 May 1922. At 40 years of age Walter became the father of George William Olson Dwight, Morris Co., Kansas, 08 Nov 1929. At 42 years of age Walter became the father of John Eric Olson III 29 Feb 1932. Walter Leroy Olson, second son of John Eric and Ida Belle Olson, was born in Gove County, Kansas, August 25, 1889. In 1890 his parents and family moved near Dwight. Walter attended and graduated from grade school in Dwight; later he completed a short agricultural coarse at Kansas State College in Manhattan. He married Harriet Ingeborg Nicholson, daughter of Peter and Thora Nicholson, February 11, 1914. Harriet, also known as Hattie, was born January 11, 1889 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her parents and family came to America in 1890, settled in Junction City for two years, then purchased and moved to a farm northeast of Dwight. Harriet attended the rural school known as Quaker School about two miles northeast of their farm home. Walter and Harriet lived one year on the Johnson farm, two miles west of Dwight where their oldest son Andrew was born. They then purchased a quarter section one and three-quarters miles south of Dwight, moving there in the spring of 1917 after building a house and other necessary buildings; their other children were born there. In the summer of 1939 they purchased and moved to the Flack farm across the highway from the southeast corner of Dwight. All of the children attended Hurino Rural School and/or Dwight Grade School and Dwight Rural High School. Walter and Harriet's children were: Andrew Earl, Charles Herman, Marie Elizabeth, Laura Belle, Harriet Louise, George William, and John Eric. Walter died October 8, 1952. Harriet died June 17, 1955. Both are buried in Dwight Cemetery. Much of their busy lives was devoted to church< community and state-wide activities. They were very active in the Dwight Methodist Church and attended regularly. Walter served on both grade and high school boards for many years. He was a member of the Dwight Masonic Lodge, the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and the Commandary of Knights of Temple in Council Grove. Walter and Harriet were members of Eastern Star of Dwight. They were engaged in farming all of their lives and were interested in the progression of agriculture. Walter was one of the first farmers in this area to practise crop rotation, erosion control and soil conservation. He was active in the Morris County Farm Bureau. He served as a member of the board of directors of Kansas Farm Bureau for five years and as vice-president of the board for five years. He was chosen Master Farmer of Kansas in the class of 1932. He helped organize and work with the Council Grove Production Credit Association as a member of the board of directors and served as president of the board for several years. He served on the board of directors of the Morris County Farm Security Administration, and also served on numerous other county committees. Submitted by Marie (Olson) Kimmi

Walter Leroy Olson and Harriet Ingeborg Nicholson had the following children:

child + 387 i. Andrew Earl7 Olson was born 03 Dec 1915.

child + 388 ii. Charles Herman Olson was born 22 Sep 1917.

child + 389 iii. Marie Elizabeth Olson was born 16 Jan 1919.

child + 390 iv. Laura Belle Olson was born 19 Jan 1921.

child + 391 v. Harriet Louise Olson (still alive).

child + 392 vi. George William Olson was born 08 Nov 1929.

child + 393 vii. John Eric Olson III was born 29 Feb 1932.

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