I split it up into parts to look at the details
The 1922 "History of Barron County WI" book gives this history where the Maple Grove Farm is this one.
John E. Paulson, who owns a garden plot, and a comfortable new home in Section 8, west, Maple Grove Township, has been one of the real leaders of the community for many years. He has served on the school board of his district for nearly a quarter of a century, four years as clerk and twenty years as treasurer, and in all this time he has proved himself a real friend of education, and has taken the deepest interest in the welfare of the school. For two years he was also town supervisor, and in other ways as well, he has served the public.
He was born March 3, 1852, in Norway, son of Paul and Gurena (Ottesen) Paulson, natives of Norway, the former'of whom died in that country, and the latter of whom came to America in 1872, and made her home with her son, the subject of this sketch, until her death, April 11, 1900, at the good old age of ninety-one years. John E. attended school for a while, and was reared as a fisherman, following the sea for several years. In 1872 he came to America and purchased 80 acres in St. Croix County, this state. He erected a set of buildings, cleared 60 acres, and there farmed for twenty years.
In 1892 he sold out and came to Barron County, where he bought 40 acres, in Section 8, west, Maple Grove Township, cleared practically the whole tract, erected a set of buildings, and carried on mixed farming and dairying. July 20, 1920, he sold the place, purchased his present tract of three acres, and erected his present home.
Mr. Paulson was married July 19, 1879, to Olena Olson, daughter of Ole and Ellen (Halverson) Severson, who spent their entire lives in Norway. This union has been blessed with five children: Hannah was born July 31, 1880, and is now Mrs. Pearl Hanson, of Maple Grove Township; Olaf was born Aug. 22, 1881 and died Aug. 13, 1917; Edwin was born Jan. 1, 1883; Oscar was born Nov. 15, 1885, and died May 20, 1887; Deanax (Dena) was born March 25, 1890, and lives at home. The family faith is that of the Free Mission Church.
(They are buried in the Baptist cemetery at Maple Grove, WI).
|John Paulson and wife Olena Olson 1879 (wedding?)|
|Back: Olaf, Hannah, Dina Front: Oleana, Edwin, John|
Hannah was my grandmother -- married Pearl Hanson.
John Paulson and wife bought 3 acres next to his daughter Hannah's farm and moved there with his wife and daughter Dena. In April 1929, a tornado killed his wife, damaged him so he died a few months later with Dena coming through alive. The buildings were leveled along with those of Pearl and Hannah. Dad and his family lived through it.