was born in Solor, Norway on 12 February 1872. He attended church and was baptized at the Kongsirnger Church in Oslo. He came to this country when he was 11 yrs old with his parents: Mr and Mrs Arne Olson.
They settled in Decorah, iowa living there for three years. Then they moved to Grafton which at that time was known as the Grafton Prairies.
In 1892 he moved with his brother, John Olson and his parents: Mr and Mrs Arne Olson to Fairdale. Mr Arneson became a naturalized citizen in 1901 and in the same year homesteaded in Kinloss Township. He lived in a sod house on hs farm east of towns and in 1902 he was married to Hanna Gunderson of Cumberland, Barron County, Wisconsin. They lived after their marriage where the Chester Sandviks now live. (Mrs Jacob Westby was born there).
In 1909 he moved a building fra town and erected a home which we moved into in August and there he lived until he died on July 19, 1949. Theirs was a large family, so Dad had to work besides. He was always along threshing in the fall as long as he was able to. In the winter he always shoveled coal fra the boxcars to the sheds by the elevators as everybody used coal.
There were 13 children in the family, three died in inafancy:
Gina (Mrs H.C. Tollefson), died in 1945
Stella (Mrs Elmer Anderson) died in 1969
Oliver J. Arneson, died in 1972
Mrs Helen Fassell lives in Kennedy, MN
Mrs Glenn Fassell lives in Montevideo, MN
Melvin Arneson lives in Kennedy, MN
Raymond Arneson lives in Pomona, CA
Palmer Arneson lives in Salt Lake City, UT
Norman Arneson lives in Crooksron, MN
Amelia (Mrs Jacob Westby) resides at Fairdale, ND
Mr Arneson belonged to the Aadalen Church. There were three families of the Arnesons: Ole Arneson, Sigvart Arneson and John Olson.
Many have married and moved away, some have died. The only two living here now are Jesse Olson and Mrs Jacob Westby. There were 26 cousins at one time around here.
** please see WESTBY surname for bio's