Andrew C. Olson was
born in January of 1876 in Sigdal, Norway and came to America in 1892.
By 1899 he and Wallace
D. Barnes had opened a studio at 224 N.P. Avenue in Fargo, but the
partnership did not last long. According to the 1900 Fargo city directory,
Olson boarded at 414 Fourth Street North in Fargo. In the
1900 census, a Mike Olsen is listed at the same address, likely the same
Mr. Olson operated
his own studio until 1902, moving to the Smith Block at 25 Broadway
for a short time. By 1910 he had moved to Mt. Vernon, Washington where
he operated a studio.
Wallace D. Barnes
Barnes appears only in the 1899/1900 Fargo city directory in partnership
with Andrew C. Olson as Olson & Barnes and located at 244 N.P. Avenue.
At that time he was boarding at the Elliott Hotel, but by June
1900 he was no longer living in North Dakota. Nothing
more is known regarding Mr. Barnes.
of Fargo, N.D.
for Regional Studies,
Dakota State University,