|Oscar N. Aasterud|
IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: O. N. AASTERUD
PHOTO TAKEN: Bannister Photographer, Glenwood WI, abt Oct 1910
PHOTO ACQUIRED: Dec 2022, sent to me by my aunt who found the photo at a second hand shop in The Dalles OR
This is a photo which has been reprinted onto a postcard. I include a picture of the reverse here. It bears a cancelled 1-penny Ben Franklin stamp and the postmark reads: Spring Valley WIS, Oct 24 7am, 1911. The card is addressed to Miss Agnes Brevig, Starbuck RFD, Minnesota.
The message reads:
Spring Valley Wis, Oct 22, '11.
To let you know that I am still on the gain. Weather is very cold and damp here at present. This was taken about a year ago at Glenwood Wis. Greet your folks. Oscar. O.N. Aasterud
With such an unusual surname, I found Oscar right away at Findagrave (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/41211829/oscar-n-aasterud) and added a copy of this photo to his memorial there. Many of his siblings and other family members have photos at Findagrave, due to the wonderful efforts of the Pierce County (Wisconsin) Historical Association. Many of them greatly resemble Oscar.
Oscar Aasterud was born 24 July 1884 in Martell, Pierce County, Wisconsin, to parents Nils (or Nels) Johnson Aasterud (1837-1892) and Siri Pederson Braatelien (1849-1923), both of whom were Norwegian immigrants.
His siblings included:
John Nels/Nils Aasterud (1872-1949) m. Anna Halvorson (1881-1963)
-- Mildred Estrella Aasterud-Breitinger (1902-1977)
-- Gladys Florence Aasterud-Nelson (1902-1993)
-- Randolph Norman Aasterud (1905-1985)
-- Palmer A Aasterud (1913-1973)
-- Adeline J Aasterud-Oman (1917-1995)
Peter N. Aasterud (1873-1942)
Clara Aasterud-Brevig (1875-1947) m. Ludwig Anderson Brevig
-- Edith Mildred Brevig-Brace (1907-1997)
Henry Bernhard Aasterud (1880-1959) m. Esther Helen Harris
-- Betty Jane Aasterud-Hanson (1923-2012)
-- Margaret Aasterud-Williams (1928-2007)
Netta Seline Aasterud-Austrum (1890-1978) m. George Austrum (1883-1976)
1900 Census > WI > Pierce > Martell
- AASTERUD, Siri, head, Jan 1849, 50 wd, born in Norway, farmer
- AASTERUD, Petter, son, Sep 1873, 26 s, born in Wisconsic, farm labor
- AASTERUD, Clara, dau, Mar 1875, 25 s, born in Wisconsin
- AASTERUD, Henry, son, Oct 1880, 19 s, born in Wisconsin, at school
- AASTERUD, Oscar, son, Jul 1884, 15 s, born in Wisconsin, at school
- AASTERUD, Netta, dau, Sep 1890, 9 s, born in Wisconsin
By April 1907, Oscar is employed as an educator in nearby Wilson WI.
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At some point between 1907 and 1910, he relocates to Colorado.
1910 Census > CO > Fremont > Glendale
- AASTERUD, Oscar, head, 25 s, born in WI of Norway parents, school teacher
May 10, 1916, Oscar married Laura Alma Billodeaux (1881-1968) in Pueblo CO, and had the following children:
- Virginia Siri Aasterud-Damkar (1917-1995) m. Charles Damkar
- John M. Aasterud (1919-1987) m. Mary Ellin Quinlan
- Betty Jo Aasterud-Parrini (1921-1974) m. Thomas F. Parrini
- Helen Marie Aasterud-Courtney (1923-1981) m. Howard C. Courtney
- Hilda S. Aasterud-Landis (1926-2007) m. __ Landis
Sep 12 1918, age 34 - he registers for the WWI draft, giving his occupation at that time as Bookkeeper at Colorado Supply Company.
Apr 27 1942, age 58 - he registers for the WWII draft, giving his occupation at that time as County Treasurer.
1952 Pueblo Colorado City Directory, lists him as "Deputy County Clerk" or possibly "Deputy" at the County Clerk & Recorder's Office.
Oscar died 2 Aug 1956 in Pueblo Colorado, and is buried at the Roselawn Cemetery. His wife later joined him there.