Kealla Lillian Olsen

29 May 1899–21 February 1985 (Age 85)
Blairstown, Benton, Iowa Territory, United States

The Life of Kealla Lillian

Kealla Lillian Olsen was born on 29 May 1899, in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa Territory, United States as the daughter of Torgrim Olsen and Hattie Thorson. She married George Johan Carlson in 1928. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 21 February 1985, in Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Johan Carlson
Kealla Lillian Olsen
Marriage: 1928
Iris Lenore Carlson

Spouse and Children



    Iris Lenore Carlson


Parents and Siblings

    Torgrim Olsen


    Hattie Thorson




World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1906 · The End of Capital Punishment

Age 7

Between the state's entry into the Union and 1906, 27 people were executed by hanging in Minnesota. Public opinion soon shifted against the death penalty in the state and was formally abolished in 1911. Since its abolishment, there have been 23 attempts to reinstate the death penalty, but none of these bills passed the state legislature.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 23

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

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)

  • Kealla L Carlson in household of George J Carlson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Kealla Carlson in household of George J Carlson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lillian Kealla Carlson, "Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001"

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