Chiefly known for: Alive Olsen was one of the Norwegian merchant seamen who sailed to America during World War II instead of returning home after Norway was invaded by the Nazis. In port in New York City, he was thought to have tuberculosis and was sent to Saranac Lake to cure, along with perhaps several hundred others like him. On October 4, 1943, Dr. John N. Hayes evaluated Olsen, and recorded that his occupation was "Oiler—boat" and that he was age 22. His previous address was Bergen, Norway, and he was presently living at 32 Park Avenue. His report was negative for T.B. 1 Since he is not buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery with others of his countrymen, with luck he may have returned home after the war.



1. "Report of a Case of Tuberculosis," on file in the Adirondack Collection, Saranac Lake Free Library.