George Olstad

Ruth Alfson Olstad was born to Kari and Olav Alfson on April 1, 1896 in Pilot Mound Township.  At the age of 8 she moved into Binford with her parents.  Ruth received most of her education in the Binford Public School.  Later she served as telephone operator for several years.

George Olstad was one of twelve children born to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olstad in Fosston, Minnesota, July 24, 1884.  He moved with his parents to New Norway, Alberta, Canada in 1887.  In 1917 he returned to the

United States.  He came to Binford to work in a local store.  He met Ruth Alfson whom he married in 1917.

This family lived in Binford until they moved to Pelican Rapids, Minnesota in 1936.  They moved from Pelican Rapids to New Norway, Alberta and later moved to Edmonton where he operated an appliance center until his retirement.

Ruth passed away in 1953, and George died in 1966 in Edmonton, Alberta.

They had five children: 

1.     Mrs. K. Richards (Vivian), Houston, Texas

2.     Philip and Hollis both at Edmonton, Alberta

3.     Gordon, Calgary, Alberta

4.     Mrs. E. Gilbertson (Corrine), deceased.

Source: Griggs County History 1879 - 1976 Page 29

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