1870–1958

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Born: March 16, 1870, Skåne, Swe­den.

Died: Oc­to­ber 6, 1958, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Ri­ver­side Ce­me­te­ry, Rock Is­land, Il­li­nois.

Biography

Olson’s fa­mi­ly em­i­grat­ed to Am­er­i­ca in 1875.

After at­tend­ing Au­gus­ta­na Col­lege, Rock Is­land, Il­li­nois, he worked for Swed­ish news­pa­pers, and for a pub­lish­er in Chi­ca­go. He served as ed­it­or of the Au­gus­ta­na Book Con­cern, 1911–49.

He wrote four orig­in­al hymns, and trans­lat­ed al­most 30 more. He was a mem­ber of the Au­gus­ta­na Hym­nal Com­mit­tee, which pub­lished its Hymn­al and Or­der of Ser­vice in 1925. Ma­ny of his trans­la­tions ap­peared there, but his trans­lat­or cre­dits ap­peared in the in­dex ra­ther on the in­di­vid­u­al pag­es.

Ol­son was al­so on the Joint Com­mis­sion on a Com­mon Hym­nal, which led to the pub­li­cation of the Ser­vice Book and Hym­nal in 1958.

In 1948, the King of Swe­den made Ol­son a knight of the Roy­al Or­der of Va­sa.

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