CHAPTER 13: Hoyme Chapel
IN 1906 the chapel was completed. It was named Hoyme Memorial Chapel
by President J. N. Kildahl who was far away in Chicago when the bitter
fight was gathering momentum as to whether the church should accept
St. Olaf College as its school.
Although Formand Hoyme opposed St. Olaf, memorializing him was certainly
right. He was after all the first president of the newly organized United
Norwegian Lutheran Church in America. However, it was quite amusing
to some of us in the Mohn and Ytterboe families to learn that later
on a girl's dormitory was named Hoyme Hall. Of all things! Little do
the girls who live in Hoyme Hall realize that if Hoyme had had his way
no girls would ever have been admitted to St. Olaf College. But time
marches on and those things are forgotten.
Hoyme Chapel was not a beautiful building but it met the needs of the
college and was used for all gatherings --- daily chapel exercises,
Luther League, music recitals and was of great value in the life of
the school. It was located on the south brow of the hill and west of
the present Flaten Art Center. It contained the first memorial window
ever given to St. Olaf College. This was given by the alumni in memory
of Father. It was a large stained glass window depicting the city of
Bethlehem with the star shining down on it.
|Window in Hoyme Chapel given by the alumni association in memory
of Prof. H. T. Ytterboe.
Underneath were the words: "In memory of H. T. Ytterboe presented by
the alumni of St. Olaf College. Remember now thy Creator in the days
of thy youth."
This passage is from the 12th chapter of Ecclesiastes, Father's favorite
book in the Bible.
Constantly during the chapel exercises in my Academy and College days,
I loved to look at this window. It was located on the south side of
the chapel, and in the morning with the sun shining through its predominant
colors of reds and blues became a veritable gem of color. When the chapel
burned in 1923 and the window was destroyed, it was Mother's greatest
wish that the alumni's memorial gift to Father be replaced. She wanted
it replaced in the proposed new Boe Chapel. For this she left a sum
Oftentimes she would say to me, "Edel, soon your father's work will
have been forgotten at St. Olaf, and I want the memorial window for
your father to be replaced."
Our family never forgot Mother's dearest wish, and we later added the
required funds. Therefore, there is now a memorial window to Father
in the Boe Chapel. It is one of the three tall lancet windows directly
behind the altar in that handsome new chapel. These windows are rare
in their beauty and form a focal point in the chapel.
|Left lancet window given in memory of Prof. H. T. Ytterboe.