21 Nov 1907
Ole Hoien Dead
Supervisor Julius Hanson of the town of Navarino received a telegram Wednesday evening announcing the death of Ole Hoien, at his home in Bellingham, Wash. The cause of death was not stated and must have been quite sudden, as his relatives in Navarino did not know of his illness. Mr. Hoien who is a brother-in-law of Mr. Hanson, is well remembered by many here, he having filled several official positions in this county prior to his departure for the west, among them that of register of deeds for several terms. Mr. Hoien was about 67 years of age and during his residence in Washington met with financial success.
12 Dec 1907
Ole J. Hoien
Three weeks after the Journal briefly announced the death of Ole J. Hoien, which occurred at his home in Bellingham, Washington, on the 20th of November. Mrs. Hoien sends to the Journal a copy of the Bellingham American containing the following account of her husband’s death. She says truly that he was a friend of the Journal, and that he had many friends in Shawano County. They will be interested in the following account by the American:
“O’J’ Hoien, prominent in politics and a pioneer of Whatcom County, died at his home at 1415 I Street at 8:30 o’clock this morning after a lingering illness of stomach trouble,
“He was born in Norway, December 11, 1846, and immigrated to America at the age of 17 years. He at once went to Chicago, where he engaged in business and was successful in all his ventures. He accumulated a snug fortune.
“Later he moved to Wisconsin, where he remained until 1891, when he sold out and came to Bellingham, locating on a ranch at Woodlawn on Lake Whatcom. In the county in Wisconsin, in which he lived he held some important elective offices. In Whatcom County he served two terms as county clerk.
“Besides a widow he leaves two children, Mrs. Lee Pitman, and a son O.J. Hoien, Jr., all of this city.
“Judge Neterer contributes the following tribute to Mr. Hoien:
“ ‘O.J. Hoien was one of the most obliging and honorable man whom it has been my pleasure to meet. He was scrupulously honest and sincere. Honesty and sincerity were to him divine attributes. For some years he was clerk of the court over which I have the honor to preside, and I learned to know and love him. He seemed to breathe into the air songs of Love.’ “
Mr. Hoien filled several official positions in this county prior to his departure for the west, among them being that of register of deeds for several terms. He was a good officer, and a good neighbor and friend. As such he will always be remembered by many people of this city and county. He was a brother-in-law of Supervisor Julius Hanson of the town of Navarino, who received a telegram message announcing the death.