Sivert Olson was born in Norway in 1850 and left as a young man in 1873 to begin an immigrant story. Sivert married Emma Christensen within a year of his arrival and the young couple made their home in the village of Red Jacket (Calumet). There, they would raise two children.
Sivert was a carpenter by trade and worked for E.L. Siller for a few years. In 1878, he began a partnership with Stephen Wold, purchasing Dr. Siller's business. This firm built numerous churches, schools, and homes in the Calumet and Lake Linden areas (where a branch store was located). Mr. Olson belonged to the Free and Accepted Masons, was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Modern Woodsmen of America, The Knights of Macabee, and was a founding member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Calumet.