1870-1958
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March 16, 1870, Skåne, Sweden.

October 6, 1958, Chicago, Illinois.

Riverside Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Olson’s family emigrated to America in 1875. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He worked for Swedish newspapers, and for a publisher in Chicago, then became 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, and was a member of 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.

Olson’s works include:

  1. Glorious Yuletide
  1. All Hail to Thee, O Blessed Morn!
  2. Children of the Heavenly Father
  3. Jerusalem, Lift Up Thy Voice
  4. Now Hail We Our Redeemer
  5. O Lord, Give Ear unto Our Plea
  6. Sign of the Cross, The

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