Friday, May 18, 2012

Olaf G. Christie, "Traveler of the Seven Seas"

According to his death certificate, Olaf Gunarius Christie was born in Grimstadt, Norway on October 15, 1864. On September 18, 1919, Olaf G. Christie married Emelie Hommel in Detroit, Michigan. Emelie was the daughter of Michael Hommel, who was had of the M. Hommel Wine Company in Sandusky, Ohio. On Monday, May 16, 1949, Olaf G. Christie died at Sandusky's Good Samaritan Hospital. His obituary, which is found in the 1949 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK at the Sandusky Library, stated that Olaf G. Christie had been a "sailor and traveler of the seven seas." He was said to have served aboard Admiral Dewey's flagship during the Spanish-American War. Olaf G. Christie was survived by his widow, Emily, and a brother and a sister. Funeral services for Olaf G. Christie were held at the Quick Funeral Home, and burial was at Oakland Cemtery.

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