Olaf Svensson was originally from Christianstad in Sweden where he was born in 1832. He moved to St. Olafs Gade 8a, Kristiania, Norway and became the general agent for different transatlantic steamship companies. He is known to have crossed the Atlantic several times between 1863 and 1880. About 1880 he and his family moved from Norway and settled in Chicago where was the General Western Agent for the Dominion Line. His office in Chicago was located at 68 La Salle Street, Chicago
Newspaper announcement from Verdens Gang March 11, 1880:
North German Lloyd's Royal Mail Steamers depart from Bremen to New York and Baltimore twice a week, taking passengers from Christiania weekly until the middle of March, when the regular twice a week service from here starts. Departure from here Saturday 13th this month via Hamburg and Bremen and Friday 19th this month via Hull and Southampton. The North German Lloyd steamers do not have Irish passengers on board. O. Svenson, General agent for the North German Lloyd, Christiania.