1855 – Ole Amundsen Buslett Born

On this date Ole Amundsen Buslett was born in Gausdal, Norway. An author, newspaperman, and politician, Buslett arrived in the U.S. with his family in 1868 and settled in Waupaca County. Known as the “Father of Norwegian-American Literature”, his writings included plays, novels, and stories that often portrayed Wisconsin immigrants. He also wrote temperance stories, poems, and a history of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He published the in 1894 and moved the paper to Madison in 1895, after which time it was known simply as the . He held local political offices in Waupaca County and served in the state assembly from 1909 to 1910. Buslett died on June 5, 1924.