A brief blurb about great grandpa Ollie
Colaborador: tfinney22 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Great grandpa “Ollie” joined the military when he was about 20 years old. By the time his platoon reached England, however, the war was ending. One day, he was spending time with several soldiers that had decided they each wanted to get a tattoo, so they convinced him to go with them. When they arrived, they said “Nielsen, you go first.” Ollie agreed to go first, but by the time his tattoo was complete, all the other soldiers “chickened out” and decided not to go through with it. His daughter, Lorna, said “growing up, I always saw my dad with that tattoo on his arm and didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t odd or weird, it was just a part of him.”
When Oliver got back from the war, he was married to Erma and moved to Taylorville, Alberta to be a farmer. Every week, the property they lived on had one day of access to irrigation water a week, to water their farm, garden, and/or yard. They never knew which day would be their turn, but when it was, Lorna remembered her dad spending the day outside making sure that everything got watered.
When the Cardston area finally got water flowing through the water lines, Oliver thought he had “died and gone to heaven.” Suddenly he was able to get instant water at the turn of a knob, which would allow him to water his garden whenever he pleased. He was generous to his neighbors, often taking them produce from his garden.
Several years later, Ollie found out that he could earn more money as a truck driver. While he was trucking, he would keep an eye out for any objects that were left on the open road, and would often take items home to be used in some way or another. “He was quite thrifty in that way,” his daughter, Lorna, said. “Often, he would find a piece of clothing left on the highway, and bring it back home just in case someone in the family or neighborhood could make use of it.”
Oliver was a very good man. He was humble, kind, and cared so much for others. His goodness was truly manifested in the way that he lived his life and how he treated others. He wasn’t necessarily known as a scriptorian, but his drive to serve others made him a faithful and helpful hometeacher and he didn’t aspire to be anything more.
**Stubbert, Lorna A. Interview. 17 Oct. 2017.