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Olen O. Larson


A pioneer family in Allamakee county, the Larson have long been widely and prominently known and members of the family well deserve mention in its history, being respected, worthy citizens of Allamakee county during the period of their residence there and also of other section in which they have lived. Many friends cherish the memory of representatives of the family who have passed away, which number includes Ole, called Olen O. Larson, a son of Ole and Anne Larson and a brother of Louis O. Larson. He was born February 27, 1852, at the family home on section 17, Taylor township, Allamakee county, where his parents had taken up their abode in 1850. His youthful days were spent in farm work and in attendance at the district schools, while for a long time he also studied under the tutorship of Professor Thomas J. Healy, of Lansing. On attaining his majority he started to the west and after reaching Colorado began operating in the mines. He was well known in Antonito, Ouray, Silverton, Salida and Animas Forks, owning some valuable claims in those mining districts. He also engaged in merchandising in partnership with his brother Stanley and with J. V. Ainsworth in Friend, Nebraska, and for a time he edited the Rio Grande Sentinel in Del Norte, Colorado. His position in business circles is indicated by the following excerpt from a Salida (Colo.) Paper, written some time prior to his death:

“Twenty-six years’ successful experience as mining engineer in the mining camps of Colorado, supplemented by years of scientific study, has eminently fitted Professor Larson to take his place in the front rank of mining experts. To his superior judgment and sound advice are due in a large measure the present prosperous conditions in Turret and many other leading Colorado mining camps. As a mineralogist he occupies a front rand in the mining domain and his opinions are eagerly sought and acted upon by the capitalists and mine operators of the state. Being conservative in his methods, he is thoroughly competent to discriminate in the matter of mining investments on a safe and prudent basis. His wide experience with the peculiar mineralogical formations of the various Colorado mining districts, renders his judgment profound, his reports unquestioned and his reputation without blemish.”

Mr. Larson passed away on the 26th of August, 1909, at Pojuaque, near Espanola, New Mexico, after an illness of but three days. He was then fifty-seven years of age. He left a son, Claude, twenty-three years of age, who was at the time looking after his father’s mining interests in Colorado, of Olen Larson had gone to New Mexico to purchase a fruit ranch. It was while in the southwest that he was taken suddenly ill and passed away. He possessed many sterling qualities of character, was thoroughly reliable at all times and his many qualities endeared him to all who knew him.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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