Sheriff Olof Forsse


Mr. Olof Forsse was born in Sweden July 8, 1842, and was about eight years of age when the family came to America. He grew up and received the bulk of his educational training in Illinois, and was not yet nineteen when the war broke out. He joined Company D of the Fifty-seventh Illinois Infantry, fighting in his father's company and serving until the close of the war. Besides the campaigns in which his father was engaged he also participated in Sherman's march to the sea. Mr. Forsse was an active member of John A. Logan Post No. 127, Grand Army of the Republic, at Salina.

He came with his father and mother to Kansas in 1869 and lived in Saline County. He was engaged in farming until 1884 in Falun Township, operating his father's original homestead. Success has attended his every effort, and again and again his fellow citizens have called him to positions of trust and responsibility. In 1880 he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners of Saline County, and served for three years. In 1883 he was elected sheriff, serving two years, and later for two years was under sheriff and jailer. In 1886 Olof Forsse with others platted and founded the Village of Falun where he lived. For a number of years he owned and conducted a grain elevator and was an extensive buyer of grain, but retired from business in 1913.

In 1908 he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners, serving for eight years. Mr. Forsse was a democrat.

On April 13, 1868, the year before he came to Kansas, he married Miss Sigrid Naslund, who was born in Sweden December 26, 1847. They are the parents of four children.