St. Olaf College Alumni Association
By Johan A. Aasgaard '98
The Alumni Association was organized in the year 1892. As yet there
had only been graduated three classes and it looked like a rather
hopeless task. But the organizers had caught some of that spirit
that filled the president of the institution; and that was an unbounded
faith in the future of St. Olaf. The principal part of the alumni
meetings has been the gathering in of the dues by the treasurer.
But there have also been social functions connected with the meetings
of the association. One of the most memorable was no doubt the reception
of the alumni to the college students and faculty on commencement
night, 1896. Speeches were given by Revs. Siljan and Boe and at
last President Mohn delivered a speech that will be remembered by
all alumni present.
It is a standing rule that no money collected for dues shall be
used for general expenses. It is the idea of the association that
when a considerable fund is collected it shall be used to aid some
branch of the work connected with the college.
Last November (1899) the association decided to gather money among
the friends and ex-students to build a home for Mrs. Mohn, in remembrance
of their late president. The work has been successfully pushed by
the president of the association, Rev. H. B. Kildahl, and the home
will be built in the near future.
At the closing of the tenth commencement in 1899 the association
numbered fifty-five members. The work of the association in the
past has been nothing great or famous, but as a means of promoting
loyalty and faithfulness to St. Olaf College the association has
been second to none, and we hope that in the future it may grow
in strength and numbers and accomplish many things of lasting value
to the church and St. Olaf College.
The present officers are: Rev. H. B. Kildahl, '95, president; Rev.
G. H. Stearns, '96, vice president; L. W. Boe, '98, secretary; Dr.
P. G. Bjorneby, '94, treasurer.