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Theodore Melvin Olson, ran a garage in town, “Mel Olson & Son” - at 4823 - 49 St. - which went out of business not long after Mel’s passing in 1962. They sold Oliver tractors, Morris and Studebaker automobiles, and assorted farm machinery.  

Life was hard for early Norwegian immigrants from Wisconsin at the turn of the century.  The Olsons homesteaded near Pangman, Saskatchewan, then Square Hill, then into Lloydminster. He opened a garage called Mel Olson & Son, the son being “Bud” or Malcolm Keith Olson. Family knew him as Uncle Bud. When Mel passed in 1962 the business was run by Bud and his brother-in-law Eric Laws. The business itself was mentioned several times (Jan 1955, Sept 1959, June 1964, and March 1965) in Lloydminster City Council minutes either transferring land or paying bills. In 1964 there was an application for purchase of lot 28, Block 16, Plan C.298 (tabled) and in 1964 they applied to rent lots 28-31, in Block 16, plan C.298 at $15.00 a month.

Photos courtesy Jamie Graham