Ancestor Sketch – Olaf Utterstrom

52 Ancestors – Week
Blanchard-Utterstrom Project 2018
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Sometimes census records can be confusing.  Such was the case for me regarding Olaf Utterstrom.  In 1910 and 1920 he was at 24 Olympia Street and in 1930 he was living at 44 Olympia Street. Could he have moved literally next door or did they renumber the street? Much like an accountant follows the money, a genealogist can follow the property. Luckily the Cumberland County, Maine, Real Estate Property Records are available on line.[i] A quick search found several deeds. Olaf Utterstrom owned three different properties (six lots) between 1901 and 1931. Two were adjoining and one was across the street. So, yes, it appears that he latterly moved next door.

Research Family 2017 – Ancestor #BU12

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Albert Thomas Utterstrom
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Olaf A Utterstrom
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Anders O Utterstrom

Olaf A. Utterstrom (1866-1931)

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Immigrant Ancestor – Norway

Olaf[ii] A. Utterstrom was born in Christiania, Norway on 10 January 1866 to Anders O. and Karen (Hansen) Utterstrom. Christiania was a village that merged with other villages, including Oslo, in 1924 to become the modern city of Oslo.

Immigration

Nothing is known about Olaf’s life before he immigrated with this parents, at the age of 17, to Portland, Maine, arriving on 23 November 1883. I know he had siblings, but further research is needed about his parents in order to put some of that information together in a coherent fashion. I do know he worked as a laborer and as a mill hand during the 1880s and 1890s.

Marriage

Olaf married Hannah M Halverson on 30 June 1897 in a ceremony officiated by Rev. P. V. Hineby (?), a Falmouth minister. Olaf was 31 and Hannah was 30 and it was the first marriage for both of them. The couple had settled in at 49 Anderson Street when Hannah had the first of seven children.

The Seven Children of Olaf and Hannah (Halverson) Utterstrom

Albert Thomas Utterstrom 12 Jul 1898
Oscar William Utterstrom 12 Nov 1899
Frank Raymond Utterstrom 14 Apr 1901
Harold O. Utterstrom 27 Aug 1902
Dorothea C. Utterstrom 29 Jan 1904
John F. Utterstrom c. 1908 – Died 17 Jan 1909
Unnamed child 1909 – Died 10 Sep 1909

Adulthood

Olaf and Hannah were living at 49 Anderson Street, Portland when both Albert and Oscar were born. That home was on Anderson Street between Oxford and Munroe, across Munroe Street (Monroe Street today) from the old city jail. It is also about two blocks from the Eastern Cemetery. The building is no longer there.

Olaf Utterstrom’s property.

In November 1901, Olaf purchased lots 27 and 28 on Olympia St. and moved his family to the recently annexed East Deering neighborhood of Portland. Many family members moved on to and out of Olympia Street over the years. Olaf’s children started a family business, The Utterstrom Trucking Company, on Olympia Street.

In May 1904, Olaf purchased lots 23 and 24 from Llewellyn Laughton.

In September 1904, Olaf “Renounced allegiance to Oscar II, King of Norway and Sweden” and became a United States Citizen. His next-door neighbor, Warren E. Bickford of 26 Olympia Street, was one of his witnesses.

1909 was a terrible year for the Utterstroms.  They lost two children that year. Both as infants. John F. Utterstrom died on 17 January 1909 and an unnamed son died shortly after his birth on 10 September 1909. I have been unsuccessful in finding death records or the cause of death for either of them.

The 1910 Census finds the Olaf Utterstrom family living at 24 Olympia Street. He was a wood worker working for at a mill. The family consisted of Olaf, his wife Hannah, and their five oldest children, Albert, Oscar, Frank, Harold, and Dorothea.

In July 1911, Olaf purchased lots 25 and 26, also along Olympia Street.  And in July 1915 Olaf sold his lots 23 and 24 to Harold Halverson. (Note: Halverson is his wife’s maiden name, so I suspect that Harold Halverson is likely a close relative of Olaf’s wife, Hannah.)

The 1920 Census finds Olaf and family still at 24 Olympia Street, he was still a woodworker working for wages at Sereen Co.

The 1930 Census shows the Utterstroms living along Olympia. Oscar lives at 32 Olympia, Harold is at 36 Olympia, and Olaf is at 44 Olympia. Living with him and Hannah is their daughter Dorothea along with her husband, William Cassidy and their daughter Annette Cassidy. The 64-year-old Olaf is working as a laborer at a garage. Later that year, Hannah, Olaf’s wife of 33 years, died.  It appears that Olaf went to live somewhere else after Hannah’s death because he sold all his property, Lots 25, 26, 27, & 28, on 22 June 1931.

Death

Rest in PeaceTwo months later, on 22 August 1931, the sixty-five-year-old Olaf joined his wife, Hannah, in death.  I have not been successful in finding a burial location for either him or Hannah.

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Sources

  •  1900 Census (FS), Family Search, 1900 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML6-YGF : accessed 15 June 2018), Ola Uterstrom, Portland city Ward 2, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 12B, family 265, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,590.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, 1910 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3S-ZZD : accessed 15 June 2018), Olaf A Littrestrom, Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 97, sheet 7A, family 159, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 539; FHL microfilm 1,374,552.
  • 1920 Census, Numerisation, Olaf Utterstrom – Maine, Cumberland, Portland, ED 62, Sheet 15B, Line 69. Source Citation
Year: 1920; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 62
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, 1930 Census – Utterstrom Families – Oscar, Harold, & Olaf – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. Year: 1930; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0083
  • Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 23 & 24 Sold to Harold Halverson – 5540_7_21_1915. 5540_7_21_1915.
  • Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 25 & 26 – 5193_7_24_1911. 5193_7_24_1911.
  • Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed – Olaf Utterstrom – Sold Lots 25, 26, 27, & 28 – 5350_6_25_1931. 5350_6_25_1931.
  • Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed (Contract for) – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 23 & 24 – 2517_5_27_1904. Record:
  • Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed (Contract for) – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 27 & 28 – 6407_11_9_1901. 6407_11_9_1901.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-­1921, Family Search, Marriage – Olaf A Utterstrom & Hannah M Halvorsen – 1897. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KC6M-Z3C : 23 September 2017), Olaf A Utterstrom and Hannah M Halvorsen, Marriage 30 Jun 1897; citing Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm 10,054. Accessed: 14 June 2018.
  • Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922 (Augusta, Maine, Maine State Archives), Ancestry, [Oscar William] Utterstrom. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Roll Number: 58.
  • Maine, Federal Naturalization Records, 1787-1952, Ancestry, Olaf A. Utterstrom (A). All Sources Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court, Portland, Maine, 1912-1929. NARA Microfilm Publication M2086, 23 rolls. Records of District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Petitions and Records of Naturalization, 1790 – 11/1945. Textual Records. 36 Boxes and 21 Volumes. NAI: 594499. Records of District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21. National Archives at Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Portland, Maine – 1930 – Page 868 – Utterstrom. Ancestry.com.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Portland, Maine – 1931 – Page 861 – Utterstrom. Ancestry.Com
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Portland, Maine – 1932 – Page 890 – Utterstrom.
  • United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906, Family Search, Olof A Utterstrom Naturalized 3 Sep 1904. United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906 – Olof Utterstrom.

ENDNOTES

[i] Besides Cumberland County, Maine Landrecords.com has records for Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington Counties in Maine. For Cumberland Records see:  https://i2a.uslandrecords.com/ME/Cumberland/D/Default.aspx

[ii] Note: “Olof” is used in several documents. However, I prefer “Olaf” because that is the name which was used in the City Directories and in his naturalization records.

Biography – Albert Thomas Utterstrom (1898-1973)

 

Albert Thomas Utterstrom[1] was born on 12 July 1898 in Deering, Cumberland County,
Maine[2],. He died on 1 June 1973 in  Maine, aged 74[3], was buried in Falmouth Cumberland County, Maine at Pine Grove Cemetery[4].

He is the son of Olaf A Utterstrom (1865-), aged 33, and  Hanna A. Halverson (1866-), aged 32. The following information is also recorded for Albert:

Occupation: Trucking Company
Education : H4 (per 1940 Census)

Noted events in the life of Albert were:

  • Residence : 24 Olympia on 12 September 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[5]
  • Physical Description : Described as Tall, medium build, Blue eyes, dark Brown hair on his draft registration on 12 September 1918 in Portland (Cumberland County, Maine,
    United States)[6]
  • Military Service : Entered military service on 31 October 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[7]
  • Military Service : Discharged on 23 December 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[8]
  • Residence : 24 Olympia Street on 1st January 1920 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[9],[10]
  • Residence : 52 Wellword Road on 1st April1930 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • Residence : 52 Wellword Road on 1st April 1935 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[11]
  • Residence : 52 Wellword Road on 1st April 1940 in
    Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[12],[13]

He married[14] Lois M. Hodgdon (-1929), daughter of Victor Hodgdon and  Martha Wilkenson on 2 September 1926 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[15]. Albert was 28. Lois died in 1929.

He next married Annie Evelyn Chase (1908-1976) on 1st October 1930 in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[16] Albert was 32 and Annie was 22.

He was extremely involved with the Masons Maine. He served as Commander-in-Chief of Maine Consistory from 1949 until 1952. He then served as Grand Commander of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar in 1952. He was the treasurer for the Grand  Royal Arch Chapter of Maine from 1954 until 1970

Child of Albert and Annie was:

  • Living.

 Endnotes:

[1] Note: See Portland, Maine City Directories, 1918-1961 –
Transcripts.rtf for addresses.
[2] Sources: 1940 Census / Altert T Unterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, Ward 9, ED 3-113, Sheet 9B – Family Search (Digitizing) –
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 / Albert Utterstrm – Birth – Family Search
(Digitizing) – United States Social Security Death Index – Family Search
(Internet) – United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 /
Albert Thomas Utterstrom – Family Search (Digitizing)
[3] Sources: Find a Grave / Albert Thomas Utterstrom –  Memorial# 146450669 – Find a Grave (Internet)
– Maine Death Index, 1960-1996 / Albert T Utterstrom – Family Search (Other)
[4] Source: Find a Grave / Albert Thomas Utterstrom –  Memorial# 146450669 – Find a Grave (Internet)
[5] Note: Worked as a Clerk at Maine Central R R, 242 St.
John, Portland Maine.
[6] Note: Tall, medium build, Blue eyes, dk Brown hair.
[7] Note: U.S.A. – S.#3666, P/#A2166, Call XC ICE – Mrs. O.
A. Utterstrom, mother.
[8] Note: Comments: Ind: Portland, Cumberland Co. No. 2, Oct.
31/18. Private. Org: 23 Co CAC Ft Williams to disch. Overseas service: None.
Hon disch on demob: Dec. 23, 1918.
[9] Note: Auto Truck – General Work.
[10] Source: 1920 Census / Olaf Utterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, ED 62, Sheet 15B, Line 69. – Family Search (Digitizing)
[11] Note: Same house as 1940
[12] Note: Part owner in Trucking Business
[13] Source: 1940 Census / Altert T Unterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, Ward 9, ED 3-113, Sheet 9B – Family Search (Digitizing)
[14] Note:
[15] Source: 1930 Census / Albert Utterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, ED 85, Sheet 6B, Line 69 – Family Search (Digitizing)
[16] Source: New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, /
Utterstrom – Chase – Family Search (Digitizing)

 

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Newspaper Articles – Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973)

Select Newspaper Archives articles found via Find My Past regarding
Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973)
United States, Maine filter applied – Sorted by Date
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Articles found are “Copyright: ‘Fair Use’ allowed. NewspaperARCHIVE.com.”
During the research for my “Blanchard Project” I was taken to search out articles about Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973). The above Reference search yielded 49 articles. I was surprised when I learned that Albert was a Mason, very high up in Masonic hierarchy in Maine. I was surprised because there was no Masonic symbology on his grave marker. Often, when a Mason is buried, the Masons assist in the funeral and bury the individual with “Masonic Honors.” This does not appear to be the case with Albert as nothing graveside nor in the newspapers of the time indicate anything about his Masonic activities.
That commentary aside, it is clear that Masonic actions and activities were an important part of Albert Utterstrom’s life. The following are extracts from many of the 49 articles I found through Find My Past and NewspaperARCHIVES:
December 10, 1942 – Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – Photo of the SPECIAL GUESTS AND PRINCIPALS at annual inspection of St. Omar Commanders, No. 12, Knights Templers includes Albert T Utterstrom of Portland, Grand Warden.
September 17, 1945 – Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – Grand Commandery Military School of Instruction – Grand Commandery military school of instruction, Knights Templar was held Friday evening at the Masonic Temple under the direction of Albert Utterstrom, Eminent Sir of Portland, with Maine Commandery No. 1 of Gardner as hosts….
September 19, 1946 – Bath Independent – Bath, Maine – DUNLAP COMMANDERY INSTRUCTION SCHOOL – Seventy-five Sir Knight attended the successful School of Instruction at Masonic Temple, Thursday evening. Five commanderies were represented, Bath, Portland, Lewiston, Gardner and Augusta… Albert Utterstrom of Portland, Grand Military Instructor, was in charge of the school, and great interest was developed by the many questions ask and by his suggestions.
June 25, 1947 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Knights Templar Parade Here in St. John’s Day Observance – Nearly 1,000 Knights Templar, representing commanderies from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, members of the Tri-State Association paraded in Portland streets Tuesday in annual observance of St. John’s Day… Officers of the Tri-State Association are Albert C. Utterstrom, Portland, president; William….
October 19, 1947 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo – PROMINENT AT SHRINE PARTYMr. Utterstrom [shown]
[Same page – Different Article]
1,2000 Attend Kora Shrine Ladies’ Night At Poland Spring – More than 1,200 Kora Temple nobles and their wives and guests met at the Poland Spring House Friday evening for their annual Ladies Night observance…. Mr. and Mrs. Albert T. Utterstrom [Portland] and [eight other people] were co-chairmen of the party.
January 11, 1948 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – KORA TEMPLE OFFICERS – Elected at annual meeting in Lewiston Friday evening were… Albert T. Utterstrom Portland, marshal….
October 17, 1948 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Shrine Plans Ladies’ Night – Several hundred are expected to attend the annual Shrine Ladies’ Night scheduled for Friday evening at the Poland Spring House….
At dinner the head table will be occupied by Governor and Mrs. Horace A Hildreth…. Mr. and Mrs. Albert T Utterstrom….
May 6, 1949 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Nights Templars of Main Install Cony A. Duncan Grand Commander – Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Maine, elected and installed Cony A. Duncan, Augusta as grand commander Tuesday afternoon as Maine Masons concluded their four-day annual get together in Masonic Temple here.  Also elected were… Albert T Utterstrom, Portland, grand captain general….
October 14, 1949 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Frank C. Allen to be Honored Today by Maine Consistory of Scottish Rite – Marks 20th Yeas as Maine Deputy. Frank C. Allen of 3 Bay Road, South Portland and Mrs.Allen will be honored by the Maine Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite… Albert T. Utterstrom, commander-in-chief of Maine Consistory, will preside….
October 16, 1949 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: AT SCOTTISH RITE DINNER – [Head table is shown with Mr. and Mrs. Albert T. Utterstrom.]
January 26, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Real Estate Transfer – Ruth A. Lewis to Albert T. Utterstrom, et als, all of Portland, land and buildings on Washington Avenue.
May 5, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: GRAND COMMANDERY ELECTS – Harold A. Carman… Albert Utterstrom, Portland, grand generalissimo…
October 1, 1950 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Camden – Camden, Sept 30… Albert T. Utterstrom, Portland, eminent grand generalissimo of the Grand Commandery of Maine, will install the offers of the Camden Commandery at a semi-public installation… All Blue Lodge Masons and their ladies are cordially invited.
October 20, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: KNIGHTS HONORED – … Albert T. Utterstrom….
February 25, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Sanford-Springvale – … A supper meeting of the pioneer Scottish Rites Club will be held… at the Springvale Masonic Hall. The speaker will be Albert Utterstrom, commander-in-chief of the Maine Consistory.
May 4, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo:  NEW KNIGHTS TEMPLAR LEADER – Officers of theGrand Commandery, Knight Templar elected and installed Thursday in the Masonic Temple… Albert D [sic] Utterstrom, Portland, deputy grand commander.
May 18, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo – Masonic LeadersAlbert T. Utterstrom, Portland, commander-in-chief of Maine Consistory….
May 3, 1956 – Bath Independent – Bath, Maine – All 13 Chapters In State Represented at DeMolay Conclave in Bath Saturday – Among distinguished guests present were… Albert Utterstrom, Portland, illustrious potentate of Kora Shrine…
[Note: Albert Utterstrom died 1 June 1973.]
January 16, 1974 – Portsmouth Herald – Portsmouth, New Hampshire – Kora Temple Plans Meeting for Lewiston – The program will be dedicated to the honor and memory of Albert T. Utterstrom, past potentate 1956, and Malcom B Dunlap, post potentate 1959.

Future Actions:

Attempt to find higher quality images from photos in newspapers from:

Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine –  December 10, 1942 – Page 5.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine May 5, 1950 –Section A, Page 28.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine October 20, 1950 – Page 2.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, May 4, 1951 – Page 31.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine May 18, 1951 – Page 18.
Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine- October 19, 1947 – Section B, Page 8.
Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine October 16, 1949 – Section A, Page 28.

 

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