Ole Martin Olsen was born in February 1885 in Homer Township, Langford, South Dakota, to Ola/Ole Olsen (b. 5 September 1846 at Etne, Hordaland, Norway), and Anna Jobsdatter, b. 10 August 1862 at Etne, Hordaland, Norway, and christened at Gjerde the same day) who had married 6 April 1883 at Gjerde, Hordaland's County, Norway.
Ole M. was the oldest of nine children. His known siblings included Anna Julia, b. 28 September 1886, Joseph, b. 7 June 1888, Martha Olena, b. May, 1890, Serena, b. January, 1893, Severen, b. 23 May 1895, Engebert, b. 9 November 1898, Andrew, b. 8 October 1900, and Myrtle, b. 1905.
His parents Ola (Ole) Birkenes Olson and Anna Jobsdotter Birkenes emigrated to America from Etne, Norway in 1883 and homesteaded in the Dakota Territory.
As an adult he moved northward to a homestead in Broderick, Saskatchewan, about 60 miles south of the Province's Capitol, Saskatoon and just eastof the Saskatchewan River. Ole would help with work at the local grain elevator in Broderick when not doing field work.
Following harvest, Ole used to spend the winter months with his family in Langford, South Dakota. However, 1911 was to be an exception. He decided to spend the winter visiting his grandmother, Anna Johannesen Birkenes and other relatives in the Sunnhordland region of Norway. Ole intended to be back in Canada in time to begin spring ploughing in April.
He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket no. 265302, £7 6s 3d).
He died in the sinking and his body, if recovered was never identified.