1920-1930 circa

Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948) was a telegrapher and later a depot agent for the Great Northern Railroad from 1912 to 1948. (b. August 17, 1881; Fleckefjord, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. June 19, 1948; Norman County, Minnesota, USA)

Parents[edit | edit source]

Emigration[edit | edit source]

Jacob and his family emigrated to the United States in June of 1898.

Siblings[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Ole married Doris Elizabeth Wilkens (1901-1980) on January 5, 1918 in Pleasant View, Norman County, Minnesota. Her parents were from Germany. She was born in Minnesota. Doris' sister, Martha Wilkens, was married to Ole's brother Emil.

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Occupation[edit | edit source]

He was a telegrapher and later a depot agent for the Great Northern Railroad from 1912 to 1948.

Lockhart, Norman County, Minnesota[edit | edit source]

In 1930 the family was living in Lockhart Township, Norman County, Minnesota with their children: Edna Mae Williamson; and Gladys Marilyn Williamson. They were paying $15 a month in rent. Ole was working as a "station agent" for the railroad. He listed that he had emigrated in 1898.

Death[edit | edit source]

He died on June 19, 1948 in Norman County, Minnesota. His death certificate number was "010396".

Burial[edit | edit source]

He was buried in Immanuel Cemetery, Norman County, Minnesota.

Memories about Ole Williamson[edit | edit source]

  • Judith Kaye Grothe (1947) wrote: "He was the son of Jacob and Anna Williamson. Born August 17, 1881 at Fleckefjord, Vest Agder, Norway. He immigrated to US in 7/1898 and settled in Minnesota. In the early 1900's he attended the University of Minnesota and became a buttermaker. He was later employed by the Great Northern Railroad from 1912 to 1948, first as a telegrapher and later as a depot agent. He married Doris Wilkens in 1918. Ole died on June 19, 1948. He was interred at Immanuel Cemetery, Hendrum, Norman County, Minnesota."
  • Judith Kaye Grothe (1947) wrote in 2008: "My grandfather, Ole Williamson, aka Ole Jacobsen, first traveled to Liverpool, England and then sailed on the 'SS Laurentian' on 7/7/1898 and arrived at Point Lewis (near Quebec) on 7/15/1898. He was listed as 'Ole Jacobsen, 15 yrs old' and was going to his maternal uncle Christian Haugeland in Beaton?, MN (Kittson Co.) I got this info from a US Manifest of Alien Immigrants at a local library. The copies were very small print and hard to read. You can also see them at Ancestry.com if you have a membership. Point Lewis must have been on the border near Quebec. In the same type of records I found 'Jacob Wilhelmsen, age 46' along with Anna, age 44, Wilhelmine, age 20, Helen, age 12, Christian, age 10, Jacob, age 7, Andreas (Emil), age 4, and Jenny, age 8 months". They left Liverpool on 6/18/1899 and arrived in Quebec 6/26/1899 on the "SS Sardinia". The records said the family had more than $600 with them and was going to Donaldson, MN to 'brother-in-law Christian Haugeland'"

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Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948) was the grandfather of Judith Kaye Grothe (1947) and the second cousin twice removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958).

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Ancestors[edit | edit source]

Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948)'s ancestors in three generations
Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948) Father:
Jakob Elias Willumsen (1853-1928)
Paternal Grandfather:
Willum Andreas Larsen (1816-1896)
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Paternal Grandmother:
Olene Andrea Pedersdatter (1819-1912)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Peder Andreas Hansen of Log (1790-1849)
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Maren Sophia Olsdatter of Gullestad (1791-1868)
Anna Elisabeth Olesdatter (1855-1909)
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