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SOHS 07971 Olaus Jeldness Skier

Skiers of the late 19th century were a hearty bunch. In the days before chair lifts, rope tows and carefully groomed slopes, they hiked up mountainsides to don giant skis upon which they flew down the hill aided only by a single tall wooden staff. This champion of the 1890s is Olaus Jeldness, whose brother Andy owned the Bloomfield Mine near Jacksonville.

Skiers of the late 19th century were a hearty bunch. In the days before chair lifts, rope tows and carefully groomed slopes, they hiked up mountainsides to don giant skis upon which they flew down the hill aided only by a single tall wooden staff. This champion of the 1890s is Olaus Jeldness, whose brother Andy owned the Bloomfield Mine near Jacksonville.

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