John Drennen Olsen

6 June 1916–15 June 1999 (Age 83)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of John Drennen

When John Drennen Olsen was born on 6 June 1916, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Carl Fredrick Olsen, was 49 and his mother, Eliza Lydia Chesley, was 42. He married Phyllis Galbraith on 28 September 1947, in Carson City, Ormsby, Nevada, United States. He lived in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1935 and Oakland Judicial Township, Alameda, California, United States in 1940. He died on 15 June 1999, in Danville, Contra Costa, California, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Pacific Grove, Monterey, California, United States.

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John Drennen Olsen
Phyllis Galbraith
Marriage: 28 September 1947

Spouse and Children


    Phyllis Galbraith


28 September 1947
Carson City, Ormsby, Nevada, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1918 · Chapman Branch Library

Age 2

The Chapman Branch Library is a Carnegie library that was built in 1918 and is now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Age 25

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030 . This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.2 German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Olsen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John D Olsen in household of Charles F Olsen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John Olsen in household of Carl F Olsen, "United States Census, 1930"

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