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Rev Ditlef Georgsen Ristad

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Rev Ditlef Georgsen Ristad

Birth
Overhalla kommune, Nord-Trøndelag fylke, Norway
Death
20 Sep 1938 (aged 74)
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA Add to Map
Plot
P-34-3-1
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From the 'History of Otter Tail County, Minnesota' dated 1916, 'Ditlef G. Ristad
is the son of George and Johanna (Bergitte) Ristad, the former of whom, a farmer
by occupation, also had charge of the government forests. He died in his native
land in 1904. His beloved wife, mother of the subject of this sketch, is still
living. The Ristad family is a historic one in Norway and has an unbroken
history of four hundred years in one locality. A part of the original house of
logs, which has been clapboarded two or three times, and where Ditlef G. Ristad
was born, is still standing and is now four hundred years old. The first boards
put on over the logs were fastened by means of wooden pegs, this being long
before nails were in use. The last boarding was in 1812, but these boards were
put on with nails.

Ditlef G Ristad attended the public schools of Norway and subsequently took a
three-years course at the State Normal School, after which he taught in the high
school for a time and served as a private tutor for three years. He served
three years in the army and on Sept 1 1887, left his native land for America.
Upon landing he immediately proceeded to St. Paul, Minnesota, and for some time
turned his hands to anything he could find to do. He worked in the streets and
in the stone quarries and was planning to go to New Zealand, where he had
relatives who were interested in mining projects. About that time he received a
letter from a cousin of his mother's, who had heard of his being in America.
This cousin gave his a position in his general store in Mindora, Wisconsin,
where he remained until 1889, in the fall of which year he entered the Lutheran
Theological Seminary at St. Paul, from which he was graduated in the summer of
1892. He then accepted a call from the church at Koshkonong, Dane county,
Wisconsin (a church that was dedicated in 1844 and had the first ordained pastor
from Norway), where he served as pastor until 1900, in the meantime (1896-97)
taking a post graduate course in the University of Chicago. During the year 1894
and again in 1904 the Rev. Mr Ristad traveled extensively in Europe. In 1900 he
was elected principal of the Albion Academy at Albion, Wisconsin, and remained
there until 1905, when he accepted a call from the Park Region Luther College at
Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and has served continuously as president ever since. He
is an efficient instructor and a man of splendid executive attainment, who by
his own personal force has been instrumental in building up the college of which
he is the honored president.

By his marriage to Sara Moltzau Johnson, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rev.
Mr Ristad has had two sons, George Rolf and Robert Nicholas.

The Rev Ditlef G Ristad is what might be called a 'number one' man and citizen,
one who has worthily discharged his duties in all the relations of life and who
has meritoriously attained a position of honor and trust in the community of his
residence. For years he has been a valued contributor to the leading Norwegian
newspapers and magazines, both in this country and in Norway and has displayed a
keen interest in the 'Bygdelag' (provincial societies) movement. Mr Ristad
occupies a very high position in the councils of his communion in this country
and served as a member of the committee which prepared the 'Lutheran Hymnary,'
the official hymn-book of the Norwegian Lutheran church in America, and was one
of the editors of the 'Lutheran Hymnary, Jr.,' a bilingual hymn-book for young
people. He also has translated a number of the best English hymns into the
Norwegian tongue and has translated the standard Norwegian hymns into English.'


**********

DITLEF G. RISTAD, REV.

Dr. Ristad, Knighted Clergyman, Educator and Author, is Dead
Funeral Services For Famous Local Pastor Set For Thursday
Dr. D. G. Ristad, 74, pastor of the First Lutheran church of this city since
1923, who in 1930 was cited by King Haakon of Norway for distinguished service
in the interests of Americans of Norwegian descent, died at 8:40 o'clock this
morning at Holy Family hospital of heart disease. He had been ill for five
months.
He made his last appearance in the chancel of his church at the Easter services
on April 17. His condition became serious shortly thereafter and although he
rallied later, he was in failing health throughout the summer. He was removed to
the hospital 2-1/2 weeks ago.
Funeral Thursday
The body will lie in state at the Frazier Mortuary. The funeral will be conducted
by Dr. L. W. Boe, president of St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn., at the First
Lutheran church Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in Evergreen cemetery. Private
services for the family will be held at the residence, 711 No. 9th street.
Dr. Ristad was former president of the eastern district of the Norwegian Lutheran
Church of America. He was elevated from the vice-presidency in 1936 and served that
year and through the following year. In addition his wide range of activities
included affiliation with Norwegian educational and cultural groups, in which he
was considered an authority, and many civic and cultural activities in the city of
Manitowoc.
The survivors are the widow, the former Sarah Johnson of Milwaukee who he married
Oct. 28, 1896, two sons, G. Rolf, city, and Robert, Chicago, and one sister, Mrs.
Olga Bronbo, of Skage, Namdalen, Norway, and four grandchildren. One son, Alf,
preceded him in death.
Born in Norway
Dr. Ristad was born in Namdalen, Norway, Nov. 22, 1863. He was graduated from Normal
college in Norway in 1882 and came to the United States five years later. For five
years prior to leaving his native land he was a high school teacher. He was ordained
to the Norwegian Lutheran ministry at West Koshkonong church, Dane county, Aug. 1,
1892. From 1892 until 1901 he was pastor of the East Koshkonong church and then went
to Albion academy as principal, a position he held until 1906. For the next ten years
he was president of the Park Region college at Refgus Falls, Minn. In 1916 he became
president of the Lutheran Ladies seminary at Red Wing, Minn.
He returned to Wisconsin and established the Wisconsin Tobacco…
(Continued on page 2, col.7) DR. RISTAD, 74, SUCCUMBS TODAY (Continued from page 1)…
Reporter, a trade journal, at Egerton, in 1919. In addition to editing the paper he
became correspondent for several eastern trade journals and New York newspapers. In
the fall of 1922 he became pastor of the First Lutheran church in this city.
His activities in behalf of the Norwegians in this country included presidency of the
Norwegian American Historical association, Tronderlaget of America, and directorship
of a committee for the erection of a memorial altar in Nidaros Cathdedral, Norway.
Knight of St. Olaf
In 1930 he was made a Knight of St. Olaf by the Norwegian government when he went to
Norway as representative of the Council of Provincial societies in the United States
to the celebration in which Norway observed the 900th anniversary of its Christian-
ization. In Norway, the rank of St. Olaf is the highest mark of governmental apprec-
iation to its subjects. It carries with it the title "Sir."
Distinction of being one of the reception committee to greet the Sonlandet, full-rigger
sailing vessel from Norway, at Chicago, was accorded Dr. Ristad in 1933. He was also
a member of the group which arranged for the Norwegian American exhibit at A Century
of Progress exposition, Chicago's world fair.
In 1935 St. Olaf's college of Northfield, Minn., conferred the honorary degree of Doctor
of Letters upon Dr. Ristad.
Wrote Several Books
He was an extensive contributor to the Norwegian press and much in demand as a lecturer.
He was the author of numerous books. Among the more prominent of his books of verse are
"Fra det ?ny Normandie." "Kvad," "The Pioneer," "Fra det Norski Amerika.," and
"Jubelfestene paa Koshkonong." He was a member of a committee that compiled the Lutheran
Sunday School Hymnal now in general use throughout the United States.
He was intensely interested in the development of young people's activities in his own
church and the circuit. He was instrumental in organizing the Sunday School training
courses in the circuit.
Dr. Ristad was one of Manitowoc's most active music enthusiasts. He was an office and
director of the Civic Music association for a number of years and as a member of the
talent committee played no small part in bringing world-famous concert artists to
Manitowoc audiences.
He was for many years a member of the local Kiwanis club and was a past president of the
Manitowoc chapter of the American Red Cross.
Manitowoc Herald Times, September 20, 1938 P. 1
********
Funeral services for Dr. D.G. Ristad, pastor of the First Lutheran church
here since 1922, who died Tuesday, where held this afternoon from the
church.
Presiding over the final rites of the well known clergyman, educator and
author, was Dr. L.W. Boe, president of St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn.
He headed a large delegation of Lutheran clergy and laymen from the middle
west who came here for the services.
Dr. Ristad was a former president of the eastern district of the Norwegian
Lutheran Church of America.
The body was brought to the church, Eighth and State streets, from the
parsonage, where private services were held for members of the family at
11 a.m. Honorary pallbearers this afternoon were Walter Dorsch, H.L. Vits,
William Krumm, Emil Sohrweide, Peter Anderson, George Maxfeldt, Emil Krug
and Thorval Torrison. Active pallbearers were Oscar Gunderson, Albert
Tetzlaff, Vernon Aleckson, T.C. Geisler, Orley Halverson and Peter
Gresholt, Jr.
Burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
Manitowoc Herald Times, Manitowoc, Wis. September 22, 1938 P. 2
******
[d. 09-20-1938/age 74 yrs./cause: coronary thrombosis/
bur. on G. Rolf Ristad lot]
********************
He was born in Overhallen, Norway.
From 1901 to 1919 he served as president of Albion Academy, Park Region Luther College and Lutheran Ladies' Seminary (Red Wing, MN). He edited the "Lutheran Sunday-school Hymnal" in 1897.
From the 'History of Otter Tail County, Minnesota' dated 1916, 'Ditlef G. Ristad
is the son of George and Johanna (Bergitte) Ristad, the former of whom, a farmer
by occupation, also had charge of the government forests. He died in his native
land in 1904. His beloved wife, mother of the subject of this sketch, is still
living. The Ristad family is a historic one in Norway and has an unbroken
history of four hundred years in one locality. A part of the original house of
logs, which has been clapboarded two or three times, and where Ditlef G. Ristad
was born, is still standing and is now four hundred years old. The first boards
put on over the logs were fastened by means of wooden pegs, this being long
before nails were in use. The last boarding was in 1812, but these boards were
put on with nails.

Ditlef G Ristad attended the public schools of Norway and subsequently took a
three-years course at the State Normal School, after which he taught in the high
school for a time and served as a private tutor for three years. He served
three years in the army and on Sept 1 1887, left his native land for America.
Upon landing he immediately proceeded to St. Paul, Minnesota, and for some time
turned his hands to anything he could find to do. He worked in the streets and
in the stone quarries and was planning to go to New Zealand, where he had
relatives who were interested in mining projects. About that time he received a
letter from a cousin of his mother's, who had heard of his being in America.
This cousin gave his a position in his general store in Mindora, Wisconsin,
where he remained until 1889, in the fall of which year he entered the Lutheran
Theological Seminary at St. Paul, from which he was graduated in the summer of
1892. He then accepted a call from the church at Koshkonong, Dane county,
Wisconsin (a church that was dedicated in 1844 and had the first ordained pastor
from Norway), where he served as pastor until 1900, in the meantime (1896-97)
taking a post graduate course in the University of Chicago. During the year 1894
and again in 1904 the Rev. Mr Ristad traveled extensively in Europe. In 1900 he
was elected principal of the Albion Academy at Albion, Wisconsin, and remained
there until 1905, when he accepted a call from the Park Region Luther College at
Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and has served continuously as president ever since. He
is an efficient instructor and a man of splendid executive attainment, who by
his own personal force has been instrumental in building up the college of which
he is the honored president.

By his marriage to Sara Moltzau Johnson, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rev.
Mr Ristad has had two sons, George Rolf and Robert Nicholas.

The Rev Ditlef G Ristad is what might be called a 'number one' man and citizen,
one who has worthily discharged his duties in all the relations of life and who
has meritoriously attained a position of honor and trust in the community of his
residence. For years he has been a valued contributor to the leading Norwegian
newspapers and magazines, both in this country and in Norway and has displayed a
keen interest in the 'Bygdelag' (provincial societies) movement. Mr Ristad
occupies a very high position in the councils of his communion in this country
and served as a member of the committee which prepared the 'Lutheran Hymnary,'
the official hymn-book of the Norwegian Lutheran church in America, and was one
of the editors of the 'Lutheran Hymnary, Jr.,' a bilingual hymn-book for young
people. He also has translated a number of the best English hymns into the
Norwegian tongue and has translated the standard Norwegian hymns into English.'


**********

DITLEF G. RISTAD, REV.

Dr. Ristad, Knighted Clergyman, Educator and Author, is Dead
Funeral Services For Famous Local Pastor Set For Thursday
Dr. D. G. Ristad, 74, pastor of the First Lutheran church of this city since
1923, who in 1930 was cited by King Haakon of Norway for distinguished service
in the interests of Americans of Norwegian descent, died at 8:40 o'clock this
morning at Holy Family hospital of heart disease. He had been ill for five
months.
He made his last appearance in the chancel of his church at the Easter services
on April 17. His condition became serious shortly thereafter and although he
rallied later, he was in failing health throughout the summer. He was removed to
the hospital 2-1/2 weeks ago.
Funeral Thursday
The body will lie in state at the Frazier Mortuary. The funeral will be conducted
by Dr. L. W. Boe, president of St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn., at the First
Lutheran church Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in Evergreen cemetery. Private
services for the family will be held at the residence, 711 No. 9th street.
Dr. Ristad was former president of the eastern district of the Norwegian Lutheran
Church of America. He was elevated from the vice-presidency in 1936 and served that
year and through the following year. In addition his wide range of activities
included affiliation with Norwegian educational and cultural groups, in which he
was considered an authority, and many civic and cultural activities in the city of
Manitowoc.
The survivors are the widow, the former Sarah Johnson of Milwaukee who he married
Oct. 28, 1896, two sons, G. Rolf, city, and Robert, Chicago, and one sister, Mrs.
Olga Bronbo, of Skage, Namdalen, Norway, and four grandchildren. One son, Alf,
preceded him in death.
Born in Norway
Dr. Ristad was born in Namdalen, Norway, Nov. 22, 1863. He was graduated from Normal
college in Norway in 1882 and came to the United States five years later. For five
years prior to leaving his native land he was a high school teacher. He was ordained
to the Norwegian Lutheran ministry at West Koshkonong church, Dane county, Aug. 1,
1892. From 1892 until 1901 he was pastor of the East Koshkonong church and then went
to Albion academy as principal, a position he held until 1906. For the next ten years
he was president of the Park Region college at Refgus Falls, Minn. In 1916 he became
president of the Lutheran Ladies seminary at Red Wing, Minn.
He returned to Wisconsin and established the Wisconsin Tobacco…
(Continued on page 2, col.7) DR. RISTAD, 74, SUCCUMBS TODAY (Continued from page 1)…
Reporter, a trade journal, at Egerton, in 1919. In addition to editing the paper he
became correspondent for several eastern trade journals and New York newspapers. In
the fall of 1922 he became pastor of the First Lutheran church in this city.
His activities in behalf of the Norwegians in this country included presidency of the
Norwegian American Historical association, Tronderlaget of America, and directorship
of a committee for the erection of a memorial altar in Nidaros Cathdedral, Norway.
Knight of St. Olaf
In 1930 he was made a Knight of St. Olaf by the Norwegian government when he went to
Norway as representative of the Council of Provincial societies in the United States
to the celebration in which Norway observed the 900th anniversary of its Christian-
ization. In Norway, the rank of St. Olaf is the highest mark of governmental apprec-
iation to its subjects. It carries with it the title "Sir."
Distinction of being one of the reception committee to greet the Sonlandet, full-rigger
sailing vessel from Norway, at Chicago, was accorded Dr. Ristad in 1933. He was also
a member of the group which arranged for the Norwegian American exhibit at A Century
of Progress exposition, Chicago's world fair.
In 1935 St. Olaf's college of Northfield, Minn., conferred the honorary degree of Doctor
of Letters upon Dr. Ristad.
Wrote Several Books
He was an extensive contributor to the Norwegian press and much in demand as a lecturer.
He was the author of numerous books. Among the more prominent of his books of verse are
"Fra det ?ny Normandie." "Kvad," "The Pioneer," "Fra det Norski Amerika.," and
"Jubelfestene paa Koshkonong." He was a member of a committee that compiled the Lutheran
Sunday School Hymnal now in general use throughout the United States.
He was intensely interested in the development of young people's activities in his own
church and the circuit. He was instrumental in organizing the Sunday School training
courses in the circuit.
Dr. Ristad was one of Manitowoc's most active music enthusiasts. He was an office and
director of the Civic Music association for a number of years and as a member of the
talent committee played no small part in bringing world-famous concert artists to
Manitowoc audiences.
He was for many years a member of the local Kiwanis club and was a past president of the
Manitowoc chapter of the American Red Cross.
Manitowoc Herald Times, September 20, 1938 P. 1
********
Funeral services for Dr. D.G. Ristad, pastor of the First Lutheran church
here since 1922, who died Tuesday, where held this afternoon from the
church.
Presiding over the final rites of the well known clergyman, educator and
author, was Dr. L.W. Boe, president of St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn.
He headed a large delegation of Lutheran clergy and laymen from the middle
west who came here for the services.
Dr. Ristad was a former president of the eastern district of the Norwegian
Lutheran Church of America.
The body was brought to the church, Eighth and State streets, from the
parsonage, where private services were held for members of the family at
11 a.m. Honorary pallbearers this afternoon were Walter Dorsch, H.L. Vits,
William Krumm, Emil Sohrweide, Peter Anderson, George Maxfeldt, Emil Krug
and Thorval Torrison. Active pallbearers were Oscar Gunderson, Albert
Tetzlaff, Vernon Aleckson, T.C. Geisler, Orley Halverson and Peter
Gresholt, Jr.
Burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
Manitowoc Herald Times, Manitowoc, Wis. September 22, 1938 P. 2
******
[d. 09-20-1938/age 74 yrs./cause: coronary thrombosis/
bur. on G. Rolf Ristad lot]
********************
He was born in Overhallen, Norway.
From 1901 to 1919 he served as president of Albion Academy, Park Region Luther College and Lutheran Ladies' Seminary (Red Wing, MN). He edited the "Lutheran Sunday-school Hymnal" in 1897.


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