Daniel E. Olson

Business years 1940-1974
Business address 1341 South 10th Street: 1948-1960
  1203 16th Avenue South: 1961-1974

Daniel E. Olson was born December 7, 1915 in Bagley, Minnesota.  He lived in Jamestown, North Dakota before coming to Fargo in 1931.  He was educated at Fargo Central High School, Los Angeles Institute of Photography, Los Angeles Art Center School and the Winona, Illinois School of Photography.

He married Ellen Marie Endersbee on December 30, 1950.  She was born on July 17, 1918 in Moorhead. They and their three children Mary Ellen, Jeanne, and Earl lived in Fargo where Mr. Olson worked out of a studio at his home.  Dan also worked for a period of time starting in 1949, for the Scherling Studio. He was a Commercial Council member for the North Dakota Professional Photographers of America, and president of Professional Photographers of North Dakota.

He was very active in Fargo community affairs.  During his years as a photographer, Mr. Olson photographed Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

He died on September 9, 1966 in Fargo at the age of 50.  After his death, Ellen continued on with the studio until 1974.  She died on October 11, 1991 in Minneapolis.






  1940s, 1950s, 1960s &  1970s photographers



Photographers of Fargo, N.D.
Institute for Regional Studies,
North Dakota State University,
Fargo 2001