Arthur Benjamin Olin

Lewiston Morning Tribune
February 3, 1943

A. B. Olin of Culdesac Summoned By Death

A. B. Olin, 63, pioneer of the Lewiston-Culdesac area, died at 2:25 a.m. yesterday at White's hospital after a prolonged illness. Death was attributed to heart disease. He entered the hospital one week ago.

A native of Ballentine, Minn., born Dec. 26, 1879. Mr. Olin came to Lewiston more than 40 years ago. He was employed on the survey for the Lewiston-Riparia line of the Union Pacific railroad and later worked for the Parkins & Dresser, early sawmill operators of Lewiston, whose plant was at Twenty-first and Main streets, the site of the gas plant.

After his marriage to Miss Viola Haner, member of a pioneer Lewiston family on July 18, 1906, they moved to Culdesac, which has since been their home. He was engaged in the contracting business during the building of the Camas Prairie railroad in the middle '90s and continued in that line. He retired five years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Viola May Olin; nine children, Mrs. Ted Coffland, Beth Olin, Irene Olin and Robert Olin, all of Lewiston; Mrs. Norman Erickson, Spokane; Artha Olin, Chiloquin, Ore.; Ensign Harry Olin, stationed at Parris island marine base in South Carolina; Dorothy Olin, Weiser, and Glen Olin, Culdesac; and his brother, Edward Olin, Ballentine, and two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Dresser, Seattle, and Mrs. Stella Stevens, Minneapolis, Minn. Ensign Olin was in Chicago, when his father died, and is traveling to Lewiston by plane, scheduled to arrive this afternoon; Dorothy Olin and Artha Olin also will arrive today.

The body is at the Brower-Wann chapel with funeral arrangements tentatively set for tomorrow at 2:30 at the Culdesac community church, with interment at the Culdesac cemetery.

Contributed by Bailey

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