Rev. Edvard Berntsen

Fargo, North Dakota

was born in Flekkefjord on September 14, 1869 and emigrated to America in 1882 to Willmar, Minnesota. He went to Willmar Seminar and graduated from Augsburg College in 1891 and from Augsburgs Theological Department in 1894. He was ordained as a Priest in the Free Church in 1895. His first Calling was in Colfax, Wisconsin from 1895 to 1902 then in La Crosse, Wisconsin 1902 to 1906 then in Escanaba, Michigan from 1906 to 1912 and since 1913 in Fargo, where he is the Priest for Pontoppidan Parishes.

His wife, Emilie Simonsen, was born in Kristiania. Her mother lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her father is dead. They have seven children.

Pontoppidans Parishes is building a large and beautiful Church. This is the oldest Norwegian Parish in Fargo. It was organized in 1877.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 100

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