Anders Olsen Family

Anders Olsen and his wife, Ingrid Engene Olsen, with their infant son, Ole, emigrated from Norway in 1871, coming by boat to Chicago, where they bought a wagon and team of horses to make the trip to Ashby, Minnesota, which was their destination.


They arrived in Chicago at the time of the Chicago Fire, and could see the glow of the fire from a hundred miles away.

When they reached Minneapolis, they camped at one end of Main Street, along with other immigrant families who were headed further west.

By 1895, they had six children, and had made their way to Norwich, McHenry County, North Dakota, where they lived in a small house. Anders made his living as a carpenter, although his dream had always been of moving to a coastal region. He had been a seafaring man in his youth, and loved the sea, fishing, and everything that came with it.

He never realized that dream however, as he died in 1899 of a heart attack at the age of fifty-two. He was one of the first people to be buried in Norwich.

Ingrid remained in Norwich, supporting herself as a midwife, and by caring for sick people in their homes, which included caring for the rest of the family of the person who was ill: cooking, cleaning, laundry, and babysitting. She lived to be eighty-five, and was buried beside her husband at Norwich.

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