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Surname change: Olson to Soldahl
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Created By:Jarlee
My great grandfather, Ole Olson, emigrated from Norway in 1868 to Eau Galle, WI.  When he applied for work at the lumber mill he was told that they already had 7 Ole Olsons working there and would he please change his name to Soldahl.  When you need a job you will do whatever it takes! Took me years to find where they came from in Norway as I couldn't find any farm names of Soldahl which I was told means "sunny meadow."  I eventually found his place of origin through the Evangelical Lutheran Church Archives. The Lutherans kept very good records of the parishioners comings and goings, thank heavens!

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