Motivated by friend’s memory, Bob Senjem writes history of Oslo
“Pages of Oslo” is the story of Dodge County’s own Oslo, located ten miles south of Kasson. Bob Senjem wrote the book, drawing on memories he accumulated during a lifetime of living there, and motivated by the memory of a friend.
Bob grew up in Oslo near the Tiegen family, who had the Oslo Store for 60 years or more. Dale Tiegen, in the second generation, was just a couple years younger than Bob, and a lifelong friend. “He discovered that he had cancer...I visited real often and tried to help when I could,” Bob said. “Then Dale passed away. I got to thinking how we would spend time reminiscing about what happened in Oslo, and we thought we should write a book, so with that in mind, I was motivated to go ahead with it.”
Bob grew up in Oslo by the Tiegen Store, and graduated from Hayfield high school. He worked at the store during and after high school, and then worked for Mower County Soil Conservation for a couple years. Bob’s dad, Joe, had the service station in Oslo, so he worked there for a few years.
Bob would see people who came in and cashed their checks from IBM, “and those checks looked pretty good,” he said.