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Name: ARNESEN, Ole Christian

Birth Date: 3.7.1883 - Fjaere, Norway

Death Date: 25 Dec 1968

Nationality: Norwegian

First Date: 1905

Profession: Farmed very successfully for many years.

Area: Lorien Estate, Kipkabus, KAD 1922 - Farm 40, Uasin Gishu, 1925 'Tarakwa', Eldoret. 1930 Kipkabus, 1908 Njoro

Married: 1. Tule (dec'd). 2.

Children: Harold Melvin Arnesen, d. 1955

Book Reference: Gillett, Eldoret, KAD, Red 25, Hut, Red 31, Pioneers, Red 22, SKP, Red Book 1912, Red 19, North, Markham

General Information:

Eldoret - A fine Norwegian who is 85 years old, still spends his time between Norway and Kenya. He arrived at Burnt Forest in 1910 and was a saw-miller. He first came to build a rest house for Alan Thompson in 1910 who owned 52,000 acres by putting the acreage in lots of people's names in Nairobi. Mr Arnesen said he and his partner, Whitehead, built three houses for A.C. Hoey (one a "hunting box" for A.C.'s father-in-law, Mr Wright) and the hill below the house was known as "Hunting Kopje". Among the teeming game he particularly mentioned the rhino, buffalo and elephant. He bought machinery in Nairobi when there was no bank in 64. He owed £50 but could not borrow this on his title deeds in Nairobi; however, when the Standard Bank opened on the Plateau, the manager lent him the money with no security.
SKP - 1938 - Society of Kenya Pioneers - over 30 years in Colony - arrived 1904 - Kipkabus
Red Book 1912 - O.C. Arnesen - Naivasha
Red Book 1919 - O C Arneson - Burnt Forest Saw Mills - Londiani
Hut - 1910 - Sawmiller, Burnt Forest. Partner with Whitehead
Markham - Foreman (as Christian Aronson) on Charles Clutterbuck's farm in 1910. A fine Norwegian experienced in logging and timber.  
Gazette 24 Jan 1969 probate, and Gazette 30 May 1969 probate says he died at Mombasa
 

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