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Luther College
1899 Graduates

Source: Decorah Republican June 15, 1899 P 2 C 2

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Fourteen Young Men Graduate—The largest Alumni attendance in many Years.

The commencement exercises of Luther College took place Tuesday morning at the College gymnasium at 10:30 o’clock. Threatening weather did not prevent the usuat largo attendance nor diminish the interest In tills annually recurring event. The class of 1899 numbered fourteen young men, representing six states, as follows:

Brorby, JosephDecorah, Iowa.
Hanson, Nils B.New Centerville, Wis.
Jenson, James C.Spring Grove, Minn.
Johnson, Perry S.Decorah, Iowa.
Johnson, Wilford ARed Wing, Minn.
Kilness, Petter J.Dell Rapids, S. D.
Moen, PaulLawton, Wls.
Olson, Martin I.Herscher, Ill.
Rosholdt, Thor L.Centergrove, Minn.
Tasa, Gilbert J.Holden, Minn.
Telsberg, Carl O.Clarkson, Wis.
Torgerson, Jacob A. C.Sumner, Iowa.
Turmo, StenerNewman Grove, Neb.
Yivisaker, Olaf S.Robblnsdale, Minn.

The program, which is given below, was not lengthy and was executed in a manner most creditable to all participants.
Territorial Growth of the United States, by Paul Moen,
Prayer by Ret H. G. Stub
On de Norske Vikimgetog, by Stener Turmo
The Probable Future of the North American Indian, by J. A. C.Torgerson
Valedictory, by C. O. Telsberg
Address and Conferring of Degrees, by the President.
Remarks by the President of the Synod.
The class of 1899 is a youthful one and one of merit. It may not be said to be markedly superior to any of Its predecessors. The superiority of one class over another has never been the feature of Luther Colloge; but Its every day work has tended to build vigorous mentalities as well as noble manhood. This is what has qualified Luther's students to occupy places of honor and responsibility In all walks of life. As clergy, educators, professional men and citizens they do greatly honor their Alma Mater.

The commencement of 1899 was notable for one thing particularly; seldom, if ever, have so many former graduates attended an occasion of this kind. They gathered here from all quarters : Texas on the south, Washington on the west, Minnesota and North Dakota on the north, and we cannot say how far on the east. Were we to attempt a roster we should certainly miss some. The Synod meeting at Spring Grove made it possible for many to come this time, and a special effort secured the desired result. One object was to resuscitate the Alumni Association and those interestedare happy to say this was accomplished. Decorah Is glad to see such occasions as this. The student who passes through the preparatory and collegiate courses at Luther College comes to look upon this as his second homo—a place fraught with pleasant memories, and one he enjoys revisiting. In this way he honors Decorah and Decorah is glad to honor him.

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