Ole Ray, aka Ole Olsen Røe
Soknedal, Norway

From the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 423

Ole Ray, for many years a well known and respected citizen of the town of Spring Brook, was born Sept. 28, 184, in Soknedalen, Norway, the son of Ole and Marin Ray. The family came to this country in 1868 and direct to Dunn County, Wis., settling in the town of Peru, where Ole Ray, Sr., secured employment with the lumber company at old Meridean.  For them, however he worked but a short time, soon taking land and starting a farm, in the town of Spring Brook on 80 acres of raw land in Section 4 on the Chippewa bottoms. There he and his wife spent the rest of their lives. Being among the first families to settle there, they had to go through many hardships during pioneer days. They had ten sons, all now deceased except one, Nels, who is now living in Washburn, Wis.

The deceased sons are Ole, Severt, Ole, Peter, Jens, Erick, Severt, Andres and Ole. Ole Ray, the subject of this sketch, was educated in Norway and came to this country with his parents when 23 years old.  The year after the family arrived in Dunn County he taught school at Elk Creek, after which he was employed in the lumber mills at Chippewa Falls a while.  On his return to Dunn County he was employed in the Bryce saw and shingle mills.  In 1874 he settled on a farm in Section 35, town of Spring Brook, buying 80 acres of unimproved land, which he proceeded to develop into a farm. This long and arduous task was in time successfully accomplished, his career being one of gradual but steady progress. He erected two successive sets of buildings, those now standing being a great improvement over the first, and was active as a general farmer until a short time before his death, which occurred Feb. 18, 1923. For many years he was an active member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church.  

Ole Ray was married in August, 1868 to Margaret Sophia Humstad.  They had been parents of 15 children, namely: Marie, now Mrs. Ole Meyers of Eau Claire; Olof, who is on the home farm; Christina, now Mrs. John Lee of Proctor, Minn.; Anna, wife of Peter Erickson of Eau Claire; Ida, now Mrs. George Davis, living on the home farm; Sophia, deceased; Emma, deceased; Ole and Severt (twins), of whom Ole is at home and Severt deceased; Emil, of Outlook, Mont.; Jens, deceased; Olga, now Mrs. Sever Running of Menomonie; Harry and Herman (twins) of whom Harry lives in Minneapolis, and Herman is on the home farm, and Sigward of Minneapolis.

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Note: Additional information about the ancestry of the Røe family can be found in the Soknedal Bygdebok 3, page 282. His father was Ole Olsen Fossum, b. 1816 and the mother was Maren Oldsdotter Røe, b. 1824

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