05 January 2009
It's Rollo not Ole
Although this statue of a great Dark Ages leader who pretty much filled the political vacuum left by Charlemagne's progeny stands peering at the Sons of Norway, his name is no Ole or Sven. It's the a replica of a statue of Rollo or Rollon or numerous over R names used by the Scandinavian peoples of the time.
Here's a little more about Rollo. There's a bit of speculation about him but enough information to determine he lived and was an ancestor of later British invaders- possibly William the Conqueror.
Why this statue has stood someplace in town since 1912 is anybody's guess.