Biography of Olans Syverson
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies

The life of Olans Syverson, elevator man of Ormsby, Watonwan county, has been one of unceasing industry and perseverance. He was born in Martin county, Minnesota, September 11, 1878, and is a son of Peter and Mary (Jenson) Syverson, both natives of Norway, where they spent their earlier years. His father came to America about 1867. The mother had preceded him some three years, making the trip with her parents, the family locating in Mitchell county, Iowa, where Peter Syverson also located and there these parents were married in 1872. They located in Martin county, Minnesota, a little south of where Orrnsby stands, the father taking up a homestead there in 1872 on which he spent the rest of his life, engaging in general farming. He died April 21, 1904. His widow is still living in Ormsby. They were the parents of seven children, namely: Olans, Edward, Emma, Henry, John, Otto, and Mabel. Peter Syverson was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Long Lake.

Olans Syverson spent his boyhood on the home farm in Martin county, and he received his education in the public schools. He continued farming on the home place until he was twenty five years old. In 1903 he engaged in the harness and furniture business at Ormsby, which he has continued to the present time, with very favorable results all along the line. He carries a large and well selected stock and has built up an extensive trade over the county. He bought one of the first stores established in Ormsby. In 1909 he became manager of the Ormsby Farmers' Grain Company, which he had helped to organize two years previously.

Mr. Syverson was married on June 8, 1904, to Tena Sorlie, of Arcadia, Wisconsin, a daughter of Jens J. Sorlie and wife. She was born in Trempeleau county, Wisconsin, June 29, 1879. To this union three children have been born, namely: Myron, born October 16, 1906; Stanley, born May 21, 1911; and Carol, born July 13, 1914.

Politically, Mr. Syverson is a Republican. He is at present village assessor, which office he has held ever since he came to Ormsby. He has also been clerk of the school board for the past ten years. He was for two assessor of Galena township, Martin county. He has long been influential in the public life of his cornniunity.

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