William West Olsen

Male6 September 1923–24 July 1993

Brief Life History of William West

When William West Olsen was born on 6 September 1923, in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States, his father, Fred William Olsen, was 41 and his mother, Elise West, was 35. He married Thelma LaVonne Neuschwanger on 21 December 1947, in Oregon, United States. He lived in Mt. Hood Election Precinct, Hood River, Oregon, United States in 1940 and Hood River, Hood River, Oregon, United States for about 1 years. He died on 24 July 1993, in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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William West Olsen
Thelma LaVonne Neuschwanger
Marriage: 21 December 1947

Sources (12)

  • William W Olsen, "United States 1950 Census"
  • William West Olsen, "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004"
  • William West Olsen, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 December 1947Oregon, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

    1933 · Fort Peck Dam Construction Begins

    Age 10

    Construction on the Fort Peck Dam started in 1933. It is the highest of six major dams along the Missouri River. It is located in the northeastern part of Montana near Glasgow and Fort Peck.

    1942 · The Japanese American internment

    Age 19

    Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Nels, Nils, Lars, Alf, Thor, Niels, Sven, Jorgen, Helmer, Iver, Arnfinn.

    Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Ole, a short form of Olaf, Olav (see Olafsen ). This surname is the third most common in Norway. It is also established in northeastern England and in northern Germany. Compare Ohlsen , Olesen , Oleson , and Olson .

    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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