J. A. Mason

is the registrar and a teacher in English. He was born in Story County, Iowa. His father Georg S. Mason was from Kvindherred, from where he came to America as a little boy. His mother, Linda Mason, was born in Lisbon, Illinois. Her parents are from Etne.

He went to Public School in Roland, Iowa, and later to Iowa State College and St. Olaf's College, from which he attended from 1905 to 1908 and graduated from. He was a Priest in Stephen, Minnesota from 1908 to 1911 and has been employed as a professor at Concordia College since 1911. As a teacher of English he has especially won many friends among newcomers.

When Mason wanted to talk outside of school time, one will heed him wisely in that you see him in the Manual Training Location, where very often he is writing down about his travels and interesting work and when that is completed he needs to go to his own home. He is obviously very interested in this Department. The goodwill and humanity is impressive in all his actions and work.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 8

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