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Guide to the Olaf O. Holmlund Papers, 1924-1959
Table of Contents
- Olaf A. Holmlund was born in Hamar, Norway, and immigrated to the United States in 1904. He settled in West Salem, Wis., and then moved to Bangor, Wis., in 1918. He was a businessman with many talents, but was best known for his funeral home business that he operated from ca. 1918-1945. He sold his business to C. A. Fossum undertakers. A few biographical articles about Holmlund are included in the collection along with a scrapbook of Bangor news clippings (ca. 1931-1945) that is thought to have originally been kept by Archie A. Wolf. However, most of the materials are records related to the Holmlund Funeral Home business and include an account book (ca. 1924-1933); a collection report book (1936-1938); and a record of funerals (1940-1945).
- Collection Title
- Olaf O. Holmlund Papers
- Date of Materials
- Holmlund, Olaf O., 1884-1959
- Call Number
- MSS 106
- 0.8 cubic feet
- Physical Description
- 1 archives box, 1 volume
- Language of Materials
- La Crosse Public Library Archives
[Identification of item], Olaf O. Holmlund Papers, MSS 106, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI
Olaf O. Holmlund was born in Hamar, Norway, June 17, 1884. He immigrated to the United States in 1904 where he first went to Baldwin, Wis., to join his cousin. After working a few years at farming, masonry and carpentry, he moved to West Salem, Wis., in 1911. He went to work for Ben Mercereau in a furniture and undertaking establishment. After serving an apprenticeship, Holmlund went to Chicago to study embalming. After graduation, he returned to the area, setting himself up for business in Bangor. He operated his business for 28 years, then retired at the end of 1945 and sold his undertaking parlor to C. A. Fossum.
In 1916, Holmlund married Ruth Erickson who died in 1923. They had four children together: Geneva (Mrs. Stanley Bolanovich), Virginia (Mrs. James Erickson), James O. (wife Naomi Roy), and Robert Holmlund. Thirteen years later after the death of his first wife, he married Amanda Kittelson Casterline. He died in La Crosse, Wis., Dec. 11, 1959.
Scope and Contents
A few biographical articles about Holmlund are included in the collection along with a scrapbook of Bangor news clippings (circa 1931-1945) that is thought to have originally been kept by Archie A. Wolf. However, most of the materials are records related to the Holmlund Funeral Home business and include an account book (circa 1924-1933); a collection report book (1936-1938); and a record of funerals (1940-1945).
La Crosse Public Library Archives 2006 June800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
Access to Materials
Materials in this collection are available for patron use.
(Accession nos. 2004.070, 2004.094, 2005.026) Donated by Peder Holmlund, grandson of Olaf O. Holmlund and son of James O. Holmlund & Naomi (Roy) Holmlund, 2004-2005
Processed by Anita Taylor Doering, 2006 June
Controlled Access Headings
- Holmlund Funeral Home (Bangor, Wis.).
- Holmlund, Olaf O., 1884-1959
- Funeral homes--Wisconsin--Bangor
- Undertakers and undertaking--Wisconsin--Bangor
Biographical newspaper clippings, 1946-1959
Scrapbook of Bangor happenings, 1931-1945
Holmlund Funeral Home
Account book, circa 1924-1933
Collection report book, 1936-1938
Record of funerals, 1940-1945