Our maternal great grandmother, Carrie Josephine Pederson, was the eldest daughter of Christian Pederson and his wife Maren Andrea Halverson. Carrie was born in Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, USA on May 21 1876. Carrie’s parents Christian Pederson and Maren Andrea Halversdatter were both born in Norway, Christian in 1849 and Maren in 1853.
Our maternal great grandfather, Christopher Olson was born in Kristiania (Oslo), Norway on October 18 1876. Christopher immigrated to America about 1883 and settled in the United States.On the 04th of October of 1897 Christopher (Chris) married Carrie. In the summer of 1900, the young couple were living in the village of Two Harbours in Lake County Minnesota. Chris worked as a day labourer for Oscar Dahl, a bartender in the local saloon, and he and Carrie boarded at the Dahl residence with Oscar, his wife Jennie and their three young children.
The following year, on January 27 1901, the couples first child was born. The child, a son, was named Charles Melvin Olson. Charles, our maternal grandfather, was born in Greenbush, Mille Lacs, Minnesota, USA..
Chris & Carrie had at least ten more children together between 1902 and 1922. The children were Anna Christine, Edward Olivus, Elsie Marie, Theodore Gilbert, Thomas G., Carrie Mathilde, Nels Daniel, Helen Eleanor, Emily Alice, Arthur David, and Clarence Davis. Arthur passed away in 1921 at the tender age of three, and it is not known what became of Thomas. Thomas may have been a twin to Theodore, or they may be the same person (we have found no information to support either theory, however, both are said to have been born in 1908.Chris and Carrie and their family lived in Medford, Wisconsin from 1902 to 1912. In 1919 the family moved to Buchanan, Saskatchewan in Canada where they remained until 1919 when they returned to the United States.
After returning to the States, our great grandparents resided in Spokane until 1924 then took up residence at Rossland until they moved to Creston in 1936 where they spent the remaining years of their lives. Chris passed away on August 10 of 1960 at Creston, BC. On June 08th of 1964, Carrie passed away at the Creston Valley Hospital. Chris and Carrie are interred side by side in Forest Lawn Cemetery east of Creston in Eirikson.