J. E. Fossum

is the school’s principal. He was born in Merdian, Wisconsin on May 2, 1872. His father, Even Fossum, and his mother, Gunhild Bordahl, were from Soknedalen Vindre Trondhjems District. The emigrated to America in 1869 to Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He attended Augsburgs Seminar from 1888 to 1893 (A. B.) and from 1893 to 1896 (C. T.).

He was Priest in Ashland, Wisconsin from 1898 to 1907. He was a teacher of religion and history as well as the manager of Oak Grove Seminar since the fall 1907 and has earned a great reputation with his work.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 184

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