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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LOUIS OLSOM. The State of New York is famous for the number and quality of carriages and road wagons which its factories turn out. Louis Olsom,of Jamestown, who for a number of years has been a leading blacksmith there, has added the necessary machinery to his plant, and is now competing for a portion of that trade. He is a son of Olle and Annie (Anderson) Olsom, and was born in Denmark October 12th, 1856. His family have been natives of that country from time immemorial, and his parents still reside there. Olle Olsom was born in 1816 and through the greater portion of his life tilled the soil to secure maintenance for himself and family, and, having amassed a comfortable income, he is now retired from active work, aged seventy-five years. As is customary in that country with all of its young men, he served twelve years in the Danish array and has always been a healthy, stout, strong and very active man.

Louis Olsom was reared on his father’s farm in Denmark and received his education at the national schools of that country, and upon completing his education he learned blacksmithing and followed it until the fall of 1875; at the latter date he came to America and located at Warren, Pennsylvania, where he lived and worked at his trade for four years, and then wishing to change, he went to Bradford, in the same State, and employed himself in the same work for five years longer. It was there that he first began business for himself, and in 1884, learning that Jamestown offered a good opening for a blacksmith, he came here and established a shop of his own and followed the business unremittingly and with such success that in 1891 he added carriage manufacturing to his blacksmith work and now does a large business in both. His work has the reputation of being equal to the best, and it is upon this foundation of superior workmanship that his growing business is founded. He started in life with a small capital and by industry and economy has made such accumulations that in addition to his business he is the owner of considerable real estate.

In 1884 he married Annie Riley, of Richburg, Allegheny county, Penna., and they have been blessed with three children, all daughters: Alice, Annie and Minnie. Politically Mr. Olsom is independent of all parties and holds himself free to support such candidates as his judgment suggests.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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