Ole Olsen Vraalstad was born March 6, 1810. He worked for some time in Tørdal. In 1834 he married Aasild Jonsdatter Sneeaas on the 13th of April. Together they would have 6 children to survive to adulthood. Around 1840 he moved off the Norwegian mainland to the island of Jomfruland near Kragero. He tried his hand in the shipbuilding business but failed and in 1843 packed his family aboard the Aeolus bound for America. They arrived in New York on the 28th of August and headed west for Wisconsin like many other immigrants of that day. Ole also changed the family surname to Wrolstad. They lived in several settlements before settling on New Hope, where Ole's distant cousin Ole Olson Wogsland had also settled. Ole was among the town's leaders and helped build the Lutheran church there. When he died on June 27, 1884 Ole was buried in the cemetary of that church.