Oley Olson Apland

B: July 03, 1828 Norway

D: July 25,1879 From Cholera and is buried at Fjeldberg Lutheran Cemetery.                                   

Both Ole and his wife Anna were born in Skaanevik, Norway.  In 1854 they immigrated to Lisbon Ill. and then came with the original 111 to Palestine in 1855. Ole, at age 27, was one of the original four who helped procure the land for the immigrants coming to Palestine township. In about 1864 Ragnhild Olson Apland (ole’s niece) arrived with her young brother Ole B. Apland.Ragnhild Married Anders Samsonson Fjelland.

They settled on a farm east of Huxley, building a house in 1865 and later an impressive barn in 1875 by Jens Russell from Cambridge. This barn still stands and attracted many people from the 2003 Story county Iowa Barn Foundation tour.  See their web page here.  Their son, Knute who married Tomina Erickson, took over the farm following the death of Ole.  Later Anna, Knute and Tomina’s daughter took over the farm and married Andrew Freeland in 1903.  The farm is now known as the Freeland farm.  Their son Kermit Freeland bought the farm in 1932 with his wife Flora.

Parents and Siblings




Marriages & Children

Ole Married: Anna (Ersland) 26 Aug 1855.

Anna (Ersland) B: September 10, 1838 D: 1914 buried at Fjeldberg Lutheran Cemetery.

Anna was the oldest of 9 children. Anna’s siblings are Anfen Ersland, Martha Nelson (Married Andrew Nelson), Elias, Carrie Viland (Married Erick Viland), Isabelle Nelson (Married Oley Nelson), Amos Ersland, and two half brothers Hector Mason and Morris Mason. Ole and Anna were the first couple to get married at the new Palestine settlement. The wedding took place at the Ole Fatland farm North of Palestine Church. Officiated by Rev. Ole Anfinson They were the first Palestine townships marriage.


Ole O. B: 1856 D: 1909 M: Julia Storhew

Household listed in 1880 Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
Ole APLAND,   Self M Male W 23 IA Farmer NOR NOR
Julia APLAND Wife M Female W 17 IA Keeping House NOR NOR
Thomas E. APLAND Son S Male W 5 Months IA NOR NOR
Thor GABRELSON Other S Male W 22 NOR Works On Farm NOR NOR


Knute B: M: Anna (Ersland)

Anna B:1884 D:1957
Alfred B: 1885 D: 1886
Clara R. B: 1887 D: 1887
Clarence B: 1889 D:1951 M:Mathilda S. BerhowB:1892 D:1949
Joseph E B: 1891 D: 1969 M: Doris Weed Children: James J, Donna
Carl Telena B: 1893 D:1950 Mollie Lee Children: Donald, Mary A., Richard
Amelia B: 1895 D: No Children
Clara R. B:1897 D:1979 M: Otto W. Knudson Children: Stuart B: 1932
John A. B: 1898 D:1968 No Children
Fred E B:1900 D: 1964 No Children
Edith B:1901 D:1984 Children: Matt B: 1900 D: 1973, Wallace A B:1920 D: 1979, Veta B: 1922 D:1995
Daughter Anna Apland M: Freeland B:1884 D:1957

Children: include Mary (Freeland) Sandve, Kermit Freeland, Elden W. and Arlene (Freeland) Clause

Carrie M: Rev Holm – Pastor of the Lutheran Evangelical Church.
Rachel M: Knute Ersland
Anfin Farmer on the homestead
Elias Went to Iowa State Normal School at Cedar Falls
Peter Farmer
Martin Oley youngest
Knute M: Tomina Erickson Children: possible son named Tom?