Evelyn Olson, of Ogilvie, died on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. She was 97 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 2pm on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at the United Methodist Church of Ogilvie. VISITATION will be from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, August 6th at the Akkerman- Ingebrand Funeral Chapel of Mora, and one hour prior to the service at the church. INTERMENT will be in the Graceland Cemetery of Ogilvie.
On May 14, 1911 Evelyn Muriel Olson was born to Herman and Mary (Nelson) Olson at the home near Braham, Minnesota. In 1912 the family moved to Ogilvie, Minnesota. Evelyn would live in and around Ogilvie for the rest of her life.
Evelyn attended the Ogilvie Schools. While in school she excelled in the classroom and on the basketball court. She graduated from Ogilvie High School in the spring of 1929 in a class of seventeen students. During the next year Evelyn attended teacher training in Mora, Minnesota receiving her “rural” teaching certificate. In the fall of 1930 she began her teaching career with a two-year stint at the Wagner School in Ann Lake Township. Evelyn spent the next twenty-three years teaching in numerous rural schools in both Mille Lacs and Kanabec Counties, including the Horrigan, Krinkie, and Lewis Lake Schools. She spent many of her summers attending classes at St. Cloud State College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education. Then, in 1953 Evelyn took a full-time position back at the Lewis Lake School where she would teach for the next thirteen years. In 1966 she joined the Ogilvie School District where she created the district’s first special education class for handicapped children. Evelyn continued in this role until her retirement at age 65 after forty-five years of dedicated service to the area’s youth.
In 1961 Evelyn was chosen to represent the rural schools of Kanabec County at the State Fair. Then, in 1976 she was chosen as the Kanabec County “Teacher of the Year” and received a Silver Tray presented at the State Fair.
After her retirement Evelyn was frequent visitor to the Ogilvie Schools, sometimes as a substitute teacher but more often as a speaker on the history of Ogilvie and Kanabec County. During her retirement she also wrote short biographical stories from her interesting past; two of which have been published. The first was entitled Marooned 30 Hours, published in the book “All Hell Broke Loose” about her families experience during the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard. The second, Brownie the Churchgoing Dog, about the family dog, was originally published in the magazine “Reminisce” and reprinted in the “Chicken Soup for Cat and Dog Lovers”.
Evelyn was a life-long member of the Ogilvie Methodist Church and loved to sew, read, play piano and teach.
Her parents, two sisters and her brother Ronald preceded her in death. Her nephew Gregory Olson and his wife Constance of Hopkins, Minnesota; four grand nieces and nephews Kathryn, Evelyn, Matthew and Adam; six great-grand nieces and nephews; and many dear friends survive her.