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Omenson/Harris House, 1983
Seated-Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Omenson on 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1963. Their children, L-R: Olaf
L. Omenson, O'Belle Harris, Oscar Omenson, Jr., Evelyn Bakke.
an interest in the farm in 1974.
(3) Oscar Hendrick Omenson, Jr. (1919-
1980) married Doris Mae Gunn in 1944. They
have two sons, Dwight Lee and Kenneth
(4) Olaf Lloyd Omenson (1923) married
Nettie Louise Whitley (1918) in April, 1947.
They are parents of three sons: William
Lloyd, Oscar Elling, and Olaf Lee. In 1981
Olaf Lloyd Omenson was remarried to Sara
Reed Avara (1917).
by Elida O'Belle (Omenson) Harris
ORBECK, ARNE AND TENNIE
Arne Orbeck, (1882-1971), born in Lilles-
and, Norway, to Capt. A.N. and Magrethe
Lorentzen Orbeck served as a sailor on ships
owned and commanded by his father, begin-
ning at an early age. Being adept at sailing
knowledge, he soon earned promotion to first
mate and made many voyages over the North
Sea, shipping cargo between Norway, Ice-
land, Germany and England. A narrow
escape from a watery grave after the third
shipwreck on a stormy sea made him decide
to emigrate to Texas. His sister and three
brothers also came to Texas and settled in
Bosque County and their father followed
after the death of the mother, Margrethe.
In 1903 Arne married Tennie Amelia
Colwick (1884-1956), in Our Savior's Lu-
theran Church at Norse.
Tennie was the elder daughter of John
Naadland Colwick (1859-1930) and Martha
Marie (Mary) Jenson Colwick (1857-1925),
and the granddaughter of Ovee and Johanne
(Kjolvig) Colwick) and Jens Jenson and
Thonje Knudsdatter Jenson, all pioneer
settlers of Texas and Bosque County. Tennie
adored her sister, Effie Marie (Mrs. Fred
Matson), and five brothers: Ovee John (O.J.),
James Thomas (J.T.), Noble Marion (Nob),
Clarence Monroe, and Carl Davis. They were
a close and loving family.
It was on the farm home at Bee Hill in the
Norse community that Tennie was born. She
received her education in the Bee Hill and
Clifton schools. As a young girl she rode her
own pony four miles to take music lessons,
learning to play the organ and piano.
She was also talented in household skills-
an excellent seamstress and homemaker, and
enjoyed good literature and music.
Playing a flute and singing were among
Arne's talents, and he enjoyed being with
friends and telling humorous stories. He
especially loved children.
Hospitality was a way of life in the
beautiful home Arne and Tennie built in the
shade of huge liveoak trees on a hill overlook-
ing the farmlands that they purchased early
in their marriage. The farm is located south
and east of the Crossroads on Highway 817,
west of Clifton.
They loved to entertain family and friends
on their cook, breezy screened porch in the
summertime and in the cozy living room in
winter time around the fireplace and piano.
Four children were born to Arne and
Tennie: Menlo Colwick, born October 14,
1904, deceased January 5, 1905; Arnell
Campbell, born February 7, 1906, deceased
March 26, 1975; Pearl Olena, born October
10, 1907; and Adeline Travis, born August 3,
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