11. Olga Sikora Loretta Woken was
born May 22, 1900 in Loretta, Grand Forks County, ND, and died June 11, 2000 in Northwood
Deaconess Health Center, Northwood, ND. She married Charles Wesley Williams March
28, 1928 in Crookston MN, son of Owen Williams and Margaret Jones. He was born January 20,
1894 in ND, and died September 22, 1961 in Grand Forks ND. Olga is buried June 15,
2000, Arvilla Cemetery, Arvilla ND.
For more on Charles Wesley Williams, see Descendants of
Olga could claim all of the following names: Olga, Sikora, Loretta, Paulsdatter, Eidem,
Woken, and Williams.
"Grandma Williams" could speak, read, and write Norwegian. She had a great
sense of humor and loved to laugh. She could play piano and harmonica by ear, and had
remarkably smooth handwriting even at the age of 99. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and
knitting. She was also a very good whist player, and a terrific cook; many of our favorite
family recipes are from her: raisin cookies, gully bars, homemade bread, etc. She used to
cook in a small cabin for large groups of field workers when she was a young girl/woman.
The cabin was deemed a Norwegian historical site and it was moved to Decorah, Iowa, an
almost completely Norwegian town.
She used to teach Sunday School at the Arvilla Presbyterian Church and served as the
superintendent of the Sunday School. She moved to the Deaconess Home "where all her
friends are" in June 1991.
Obituary says Olga was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 8 brothers - making 13
children in all. I only have 6 brothers and the 5 girls, making 11; thus I am missing 2
boys, who probably died as infants.
Her son, Lester, spoke at her funeral: Olga was born and raised about 10 miles west of
Northwood. She went to school a mile north of their farm until the schoolhouse burned down
when she was in 8th grade. She spent most of her first 30 years working on the home farm,
doing the cooking, housekeeping and farm chores. When she met Dad and they were married,
they moved to the Crain farm, where they both worked. With some tutoring on Ma's part, Dad
took a Civil Service exam and was awarded the Rural Mail Carrier's position in Arvilla.
They moved to a house south of the tracks in Arvilla and lived there for 30 some years
before Dad died. She lived there for 30+ more years after that. She had always been very
active in this Church (Arvilla Presbyterian). A few years back the Church had a big
celebration (maybe 100 years). They invited some of the former ministers and everyone
showed up for a rededication service. Several older members were called on to relate of
their life in the church. As Ma sat there she thought about what she might say when her
turn came. But do you know, being the good strong Norwegian Lutheran that she was, she had
never officially joined the Presbyterian Church. So they didn't ask her to tell her story.
It is wonderful to see so many friends and relatives who have come to honor her memory.
And I would like to thank you for the opportunity to tell you a few of the things that Ma
might have said on that Sunday afternoon in 1984.
For the children of Olga Woken and Charles Williams, see Descendants of Williams-Jones.
12. Stacey Caroline Woken was born March 30, 1902 in Northwood, ND, and
died January 12, 1987 in Robbinsdale (Minneapolis), MN 55422. She married Hjalmer
Christian Jacobson July 16, 1924 in Fargo, ND, son of John Okstad and Beret Rena. He
was born October 17, 1902 in Atwater, MN, and died April 23, 1993 in Robbinsdale
Double-exposure of Hjalmer Jacobson, from about 1950.
Stacey Caroline and Hjalmer lived in MN.
Child of Stacey Woken and Hjalmer Jacobson is:
25 i. Jack Warren Jacobson.