McHENRY COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA: 1881-1981 PAGE 539
ARNE & MARIE (NEILSON) ARNESON
Arne ARNESON was born May 9 1868 in Solor, Norway. His parents immigrated to Evansville, Minnesota when he was sixteen.
In 1902, he homesteaded in Olivia Township. The nearest town was Balfour and it was a day's journey to go there for supplies.
In 1909 he married Maria Neilson/Nielson who came to America to visit her sister Christina (Mrs John Nelson. Christina and John operated a store in Dodgen - now Butte.
Marie and Christina were the only members of the Neilson/Nielson family to come to America to live.
There were eleven children born to Arne and Maria Arneson:
Ryder ARNESON - Kalispell, MT
Clifford ARNESON - Upham, ND
Edwin ARNESON - San Bernadino, CA
Mildred ARNESON married Lester MARSH- Upham, ND
Violet ARNESON married Ray Myers - Kalispell, MT
Ernest ARNESON - Kellogg, ID
Ethel ARNESON - San Francisco, CA
Gladyce ARNESON married Harold Olson - Upham, ND
Martha ARNESON married C. W. Davenport - San Bruno, CA
Ardella ARNESON married Robert LaPointe -Cupertino, CA
Helen ARNESON MYERS -Pacifica, CA
Arne and Maria lived on the farm until Arne passed away in 1952 at the age of 84. Maria then lived with her children until 1972 when she passed away at age 88 years.