Walsh Heritage, ND Vol 2, page 898
OLE ARNESON BIO
Ole Arneson (1857 - 1933), eldest son of Inger Syverson and Arne Olson of Brandvold, Solor, Norge, immigrated to Winneshiek County, Iowa in 1879.
After working on a farm there, he sent for his sister, Olia, in 1881. A brother, John Olson joined them later. In 1883, his parents with a daughter, Minda, a son, Sigvart Arneson, and a foster son, Emil Olson, joined them.
Shortly therafter, they left Iowa for North Dakota and all filed homestead claims in Kinloss Township. Ole married Marthea Hoiden, also fra Solor, who had come to Luverne, MN, where she worked as a maid before coming to North Dakota. That was in 1886. Their first home was a sod house. They experienced all the trials and hardships of the early pioneers. Some years later, he purchased land that is now a part of the townsite of Fairdale, where he built a better home. The family lived there for several years until 1905 when he built a larger home one-half miles west of Fairdale.
Thirteen children were born, two sons died in infancy, one son died at age three in 1901. The others are:
Albert Arneson 1887-1972
Martin Arneson 1888-1966
Malla Arneson 1889 --
Jennie Arneson 1892--
Minda Arneson 1894--
Ida Arneson 1900 --
Oline Arneson 1902--
Alida Arneson 1904-1969
Cora Arneson 1906 --
Bill Arneson 1908-1971
Ole was one of the founders of the Aadalen Lutheran Congregation in 1886. The church was built in 1903. He was interested in Republican party politics and took active part on township boards. For several years elections were held in the Arneson home. The farm now belongs to his grandson, Kenneth Arneson, son of Martin Arneson.