Franklin Herbert Olin

Franklin Herbert Olin b: April 16, 1885 Morrison Cty, MN; died May 28, 1959 in Brainerd, MN; married 1902 to Veronica C. Lieferman b: 1883 and died 1930. They lived in Bovey, MN in 1905 and he worked in Hibbing at the time of his father's death. (1917) Frank's grandson, Tom Olin, has done considerable research on the family and has written some blogs. I strongly recommend you read Tom's blog for a richer history of this branch of the family.

Frank was the first to bring a load of lumber from Grand Rapids to Bovey. A funny story about Frank was remembered by Rena Olin. Frank did some plaster work and his first job was the ceiling. The carpenter had lathed the ceiling and Frank came in later to plaster it. Just as the owner was coming up the walk to look over the job, the whole ceiling collapsed. Frank grabbed his tools and ran out the back door! To be fair, Frank was well-known and admired for his ability to run any heavy machinery put before him. He helped run heavy equipment at the Panama Canal and also helped construct the Hoover Dam. It was also said that he could build a house from the ground up. During World War II, Frank enlisted as a "CB" for the Army and Airforce. There he operated heavy equipment and helped produce coal and worked on the airfields. Frank is well-remembered for his infectious sense of humor, his love of children, good work ethic and all around good attitude about life in general. His grandson, Tom, remembered once when Frank gave Tom and Jim, his grandsons, each a dart gun at Christmas. Frank lay on the floor with a target on his head! Frank was also a terrific dancer. Veronica died young and Frank married Vicky Hagman who was much loved by the family. Vicky was born Victoria A. Hagman in 1902 and died in 1981 in Hennepin County, MN. She had brought her sons from a previous marriage — Robert, Leslie, and James Hagman. Frank and Veronica had only one child:

Merton Franklin Olin (see left) b: September 29, 1903 in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, MN, died May 29, 1981 in married Anne Sylvia Roring born February 16, 1906 in Pennsylvania died November 10, 1995 in Boca Raton, FL. Merton died in Palm Beach, FL on May 29, 1981 in Palm Beach, Florida. His grandson has written a blog about his adventures aboard the Brigantine Yankee. Merton and Ann had three children:

James Hubert Olin born August 8, 1931 in North Dakota, died December 20, 1962 in Philadephia. He married Cindy Thum. James was a graduate of Grove City College in PA. He had a double degree (teaching and accounting) and taught school in San Francisco.

Thomas Franklin Olin (right) b: April 24, 1928 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN, d: October 30, 1996 Battle Creek, MI, and is interned at Battle Creek Memorial Park. Tom was part-owner/Chief Executive Officer of Archway Cookies. Tom's life was full of awards and great accomplishments. He was an excellent orator too. See a blog written about Tom.

Daughter, still living


"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 December 2014), Merton J Olin, Ward 2, Grove City, Grove City Borough, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 43-30, sheet 6B, family 145, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3571, NARA digital publication of T627, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 October 2015), Merton Olin, May 1981; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

"Florida Death Index, 1877-1998," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 October 2015), Merton Franklin Olin, 29 May 1981; from "Florida Death Index, 1877-1998," index, Ancestry ( : 2004); citing vol. , certificate number 47748, Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, Jacksonville.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 October 2015), Merton Olen, Grand Forks, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0025, sheet 3A, family 49, line 47, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1735; FHL microfilm 2,341,469.

Other sites of interest:

Olin Family Society

Olin Family Society Facebook Site

MacGillivray Clan Facebook Site

Spencer Historical and Genealogy Society (SHGS)

SGHS Facebook Site

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