Ole Oleson

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Record 52/261
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Collection Grand Army of the Republic
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print mounted on grey card stock of Ole Oleson.

Year Range from 1900
Year range to 1902
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Bust view image of OLESON, Ole - Pvt., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He wears a tweed coat with Grand Army of the Republic membership badge.

Ole was born on Dec. 30, 1839 at Upper Tillemarken, Norway. He was the oldest of ten children. He emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1843 and settled at Wisconsin in Racine County. They removed to Winnebago County in 1853 and settled in the town of Winchester. In 1859 Ole moved into Oshkosh, Winnebago County as he did not care for life on the farm. He was then engaged on the river steamers. Ole listed his residence as Winchester when he enlisted there on June 1, 1861. Standing over 5'10" tall, he had blue eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion. He was originally assigned as above. He was detached to the Western Gunboat Service on Feb. 17, 1862 at Cairo, Illinois and was assigned to the "Mound City." Ole was discharged from the "Mound City" on July 26, 1863 and was dropped from the rolls by order of the War Dept. on Nov. 13, 1863. He returned to Oshkosh and resumed working as a boatman. Ole was married in Winnebago County on Feb. 22, 1871 to Mary Ann Petford, a daughter of Thomas Petford of Butte des Morts, Winnebago County. Ole served two four-year terms as the appointed Postmaster of Oshkosh. He was listed as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh in 1888. Ole was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. Ole was seized with a stroke of apoplexy while seated on the "S.W. Hollister" on the evening of Aug. 13, 1905. He died early the following morning at his home. Ole was survived by his wife, an invalid for many years, and one daughter, Mrs. John Harmon of Oshkosh. He was also survived by a brother, Martin Oleson of Oshkosh and sisters Mrs. M. Halverson of Los Angeles, California (also given as Mrs. Ole Halverson of Winneconne) and Mrs. Anna Jackson (also given as from Oshkosh) of Omaha, Nebraska. Ole was buried in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery. Erna Alice, daughter of Ole, was married in Winnebago County on Nov. 24, 1902 to John C. Harmon.

{US 1890; WC-V 1895; ROV: ODN 14 Aug 1905; ODN 08 Feb 1898; OWN 04 Jun 1898; MR-Red}
{ODN 09 Dec 1905; WCMR v.1 p.485 #3176; WCMR v.9 p.129 #2249; OWN 19 Aug 1905}
{O Today p.67-9}
Object ID P2004.1.53
Object Name cabinet card
People Oleson, Ole
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Civil War
Grand Army of the Republic
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
United States Navy
Title Ole Oleson
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