XAN, ERNA OLESON, 1898-1990


Journalist. Born– June 8, 1898, in Oshkosh, Wis. Parents– John H. and Thurine (Olson) Oleson. Married– John Xan, September 2, 1922. Children– One. Education– Battle Creek College, A.B., 1930; University of Michigan, M.A., 1946. Taught country schools in Wisconsin;  Secretary, Ernst & Ernst, Chicago; Pittsburgh Piping & Equipment Co., Chicago, 1918-1936. Taught at Howard College, 1940-1941; writer and state society editor, Birmingham News, 1957-1965; book reviewer, Christian Herald Family Bookshelf, 1960-. Member– National League of American Pen Women, Women in Communication, Theta Sigma Phi national journalism honorary. Died January 1, 1990.


Who’s Who of American Women.


Home for Good. New York; I. Washburn, 1952.

Joint Publication(s):

Time-Honored Norwegian Recipes Adapted to the American Kitchen. Decorah, Iowa; Norwegian-American Museum, 1974.

Wisconsin, My Home; the Story of Thurine Oleson as told to Her Daughter Erna Oleson Xan. Madison; University of Wisconsin Press, 1950.