Ben Olson was the husband of Addie Horton. Together Ben and Addie had two children, Steven and Julie Olson. Ben was the president of the Bank of Salem and was one of the richest men in town. In 1965 Ben and Addie Horton moved to Paris, leaving their daughter Julie behind in the care of her grandparents. In 1971 Ben Olson died in Paris.
Steve is the son, and oldest child, of Addie and Ben Olson and is Julie's brother. Steven went with his parents to Paris in 1965, and after his father died in 1971 Steven remained in Paris to finish his schooling, even though his mother Addie returned to Salem.
In 1972 Steven returned to Salem after finishing school in Paris, but when he was unhappy in Salem he returned to Paris.
In 1978 Julie and Doug visited Paris where they met up with Steven, and brought him back to Salem. Julie gave Steven a job at Doug's Coffee house where he skimmed tips, and later when Julie opened up an antique store he sold Julie fake antiques.
By 1979 Steven had become involved in with a drug smuggler Durand who Trish had stolen some diamonds from. Steven was in charge of holding onto some canes that were filled with cocain, and Durand also wanted the diamonds that Trish had stolen from him. However when he found out that Maggie Horton had unknownling sold some of them in Julie's shop, fearing for his life Steven Olson left Salem.