WALSH HERITAGE, ND 1881-1981 VOL 1 PAGE 222
OLE B. SHIRLEY (SJOLIE) FAMILY
Ole B. Sjolie was born in Solar, Norway in 1861. At age four he and his parents, Bernt O. and Oline, immigrated to the United States, settled at Elizabeth, MN in 1865 where they lived for several years.
In 1881, Ole and his father came to Martin Township and filed a homestead claim Nov 11. The mother and other family members staying in Minnesota. The father returned to his family and Ole remained on the homestead. He married Kaja Engen in 1882, had a family of three sons and five daughters:
In the 1900's the name Sjolie was changed to Shirley on school and legal records. Mr and Mrs Shirley were both active in the Landstad Lutheran Church in Auburn, ND. Their daughter Amelia was living on the family farm.