Chief Olson of Red Wing Dead
August P. Olson, head of the fire department of Red Wing, Minn., for the past four years, died at a hospital in Rochester following an operation to relieve kidney trouble. Shortly after the operation it was believed that he was on the road to recovery, but uranic poisoning set in, and for several days it was known that death was inevitable.
He was born in the city August 24, 1867. For many years he was employed in a local furniture factory, and in 1889 he became a member of the volunteer department. He continued this association. When the late Charles J. Wiech was chief in 1903, Mr. Olson was assistant and he also held this office under the late Hart N. Cook. When the paid department was organized in 1906, he continued as assistant chief and he held that office until December 1. 1925. At that time Mr. Olson was appointed head of the department to succeed John A. Gross.
Chief Olson was a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Elks and Yeomen lodges. He is survived by his widow, a son, a daughter, and a sister.
He served the local fire department for forty years.
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