A. A. Aardal

works with the "Manual Training Department”. He was born in Breim, Nordfjord on April 17, 1887. Right after his confirmation he received his travel listing. He earned a graduate degree at an agricultural college at Nordmore after two years, and after that he was in Aalesund during the large fire and helped to build barracks for the fire victims. During all of this time his America fever had worked on him, until he waded over the blue swamp in the spring of 1904. He came to Moorhead directly from Norway and was a student at Concordia College from 1905 to 1911. He earned his money for his school education with his handwork, carpentry.

In the summer of 1911 he studied at the Staut Institute, Menonomee, Wisconsin. He also studied at the University of Wisconsin in the summer of 1913. In 1914 he was in Norway on a trip as a member of the Norwegian-American Singing league and performed with the singing league in Kristiania.

Since 1911 he has been a teacher at Concordia College’s Manual Training Department, which is ranked very high and has a stately location in the new auditorium.

His brother, Karl Aardal, is a master in the carving art. In President Aasgaard’s office you will find a sofa with splendid carvings, which is why Karl Aardahl received first prize in the exhibition. He is also a carpenter and a nice young man.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 10

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