|Name} Olson, Hans||Family History} Olson|
|Title}||Race} White||Sex} Male|
|Birth: Date} Fam 8 Aug 1832||Place} Christiana, Norway|
|Marr.: Date} Exa 11 Apr 1875||Place} Santa Clara, Washington, Utah (Link)|
|Death: Date} Exa 23 Jan 1921 C||Place} 30 North Third Street, Alhambra, Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Burial: Date} Exa 25 Jan 1921||Place} San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Grave Marker} Yes||
|Parents: } Unknown |
Relationship No.} 8
|1st Household No.} 21 = Spring Valley, Lincoln, Nevada|
| Occupation 1} Farmer |
Occupation 2} Miner
Total Number of} 1
|Notes: Hans was born in Norway in 1831. He probably emmigrated from
Kristiansund, Norway about 26 October 1850. He probably
first settled with family members in Minnesota, but attracted by the discovery
of gold in California, he crossed the plains in a covered wagon in 1853.|
According to naturalization records, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen on 1 Mar 1898. His wife Mary stood up for him. This does not make much sense. Hans was already a registered voter in the California Great Registers, for the years 1884, 1888, 1890 and 1892 in Alhambra, Los Angeles. He was described as 5'9½", light complexion, blue eyes and white hair. According to the Great Registers, he was naturalized "Mch. 8.'58, Kerbyville, Or., Dist."
Family sources report that Hans was probably prospecting or panning for gold near Gold Beach, Oregon, at the mouth of the Rogue River, between 1852 and 1856. This was during the time of skirmishes with Indians, which culminated in the Rogue Indian war, 1855-1856. This naturalization record places him in Kerbyville, Josephine County, Oregon in Mar 1858.
| The 1860 U.S. census lists a Hans Olson, age 26, living by himself as a farm
laborer, in Redwood Township, Santa Clara, California. Although this Hans is
from Norway, there is a two year age discrepancy, and no family stories to back
up this source.|
As told by his grandson Donald Olson, Hans could never stay in one place for a long time. He traveled, mining in Nevada, California and Oregon. On March 26, 1872, he was camped alongside Owens Lake, California, when the hugh magnitude 8.0 Owens Valley earthquake struck. Hans said that the lake just disappeared into the ground, refilling itself shortly.
According to Source No. 722, Hans married Mary (Maria) Staheli 11 Apr 1875. Although the place of the marriage is not given, Santa Clara, Washington, Utah, is listed as the residence for both.
By the 1880 U.S. census, Hans and his family were living in Spring Valley, Lincoln, Nevada. The mining town of nearby Pioche was the center of the silver boom of the seventies. Spring Valley is now a Nevada State Park. The 1880 U.S. census lists Hans as being a farmer. There were three children, Josephine, Ida, and Henry. Living next to them were Frank C. Walker and his wife Elizabeth, and five children. Elizabeth, and Barbara Staheli (who was listed as a servant) were sisters of Mary.
The family traveled by wagon to Oregon, where Hans was mining or farming. George was born here in 1882, and the family departed shortly thereafter for California. Frank was born in 1885 in California.
Alhambra was just a small hamlet when Hans and his family arrived in 1882. Hans planted oranges and grapes on his ranch, at the southern edge of town. When Garfield Avenue was cut through to the south, Hans planted the ornamental camphor trees on that thoroughfare from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks to the Ocean Highway. His son Henry had to help by carrying water to keep these trees alive.
In the 1900 U.S. census, the family was living in Alhambra, the San Gabriel Township, Los Angeles County. The last of their children, Lilly and Mabel, had now been born. Hans was listed as a farmer. In 1905 he assisted his son Henry in establishing the Alhambra Planning Mill. In the photograph to the right, Hans is shown in front of the family home at 316 Wilson Avenue, now Atlantic Avenue, taking his grandsons, Donald Olson and Lewis Lawyer, for a wheelbarrow ride in 1908. In the 1910 U.S. census, Hans and Mary were living alone in the family's residence. Hans was listed as having his own income. In the 1920 U.S. census, their daughter Mabel Ferrell, her husband Thomas, and boys Frederick and Clifford, were living with them.
Hans was a member of the Masonic order, and served on the school board for many years.
Although Hans married the daughter of a Mormon family, he did not like the Mormons. According to Donald Olson, when his wife's sister sent a Mormon Bible, he threw it into the fire. On any visits from the Mormon side of the family, he would leave the house.
Hans died 23 Jan 1921 at the age of 89. The cause of death was Erysipelas. He is buried in the Olson family plot in the San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, California.
|Time of Birth}||Time of Death}||Fraternal/Social}|
|Confirm. Date}||Photos} Hans in 1870 and 1916|
|Immigr'n Date} 1850||Port} New York|
|Education: Grade} or Top 2 Degrees}|
|Military: Service} for the State of}|
Cause of Death}
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