Rev. B. J. Muus
Just as the last pages of the Souvenir are leaving the press the
cable brings the sad news that the founder of St. Olaf College is
dead. He died on Friday, May 25th, 1900. Over a year ago he was
stricken with paralysis from which he rallied sufficiently to accompany
his daughter, Mrs. Klyver, who had come over from Norway to attend
on him, back to her home in Throndhjem, where he spent his last
days. Although the journey seemed to benefit him, he did not recover,
and from time to time it has been reported that he was failing.
Details of his last days and demise are lacking.
He was born in the parish Snaasen in Throndhjems Stift, Norway,
on the 15th of March, 1832, thus attaining an age of sixty-eight
years, two months and ten days.
Having graduated from the Latin school of Throndhjem in 1849 he
entered the University of Christiania where he studied theology.
After receiving ordination in 1859 he came to America, having accepted
a call from Holden congregation, which he served for nearly forty
years, till 1899.
He was a man of powerful intellect, strong will, and tender conscience;
unswerving in the performance of duty, faithful in the service of
his Divine Master. He is eminent as a theologian and one of the
most notable men that his mother country has contributed to our
western world. St. Olaf College stands as a monument of his energy
and zeal in the cause of higher Christian education. The flag which
to-day waves at half mast over the college pays honor to an illustrious
man whose memory will be cherished as long as St. Olaf stands.
Decoration Day, 1900
O. G. FELLAND