A selection of pages from Pauline Olson's diary on topics such as rural electrification, drilling oil wells, Emma Backman's funeral, atomic bomb testing, television and telephone history, digging water wells, and selling milk cows.
Pauline Olson (1885 - 1969) was a pretty young woman with dark curly hair when she married John Jacob Olson in 1905. Her parents were Norwegian immigrants who had moved first to Minnesota where Pauline was born, and then to Dalen Township in Bottineau County. John had been born in Sweden and came to Dalen Township with his parents as a boy. Together they farmed in Haram Township in north central Bottineau County on land bordering Canada where they raised their four children.