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Biography of Alfred Bergin B. D., Ph. D.

Alfred Bergin, B. D., Ph. D.The Bethany Church at Lindsborg ever since it was established on the prairies of Central Kansas nearly fifty years ago had been a powerful influence not only in the religious life of Kansas but to a remarkable degree in the social and intellectual advancement of the people of the state. It is the oldest and the parent church of the Swedish Lutheran people who did so much to colonize and develop these prairles from a wilderness into a smiling landscape of farms and towna. The church had a membership of over two thousand people. It was organized by Dr. Olof Olson on August 19, 1869. After Dr. Olson’s ten years of service Dr. Carl Swensson served as pastor all his ministerial life, or for twenty-five years. Dr. Swensson will always be gratefully remembered by the church and by hundreds of people outside of the church. During his pastorate the famous Messiah concerts were started, and there is no one artistic movement or enterprise in the state of Kansas which had become so widely known and is more justly entitled to the appreciation of the cultured classes. The direct resuit of Dr. Swensson’s pastorate was the founding of Bethany College. For the past twelve years Dr. Alfred Bergin had been pastor of Bethany Church. In that time he had continned the great work begun by his predecessors, and at the same time had made himself a factor in the welfare of the community and the state. While most widely known as an author, minister, teacher and religious leader, Dr. Bergin had in his time come...

Biography of Donald S. McCrea

Mr. McCrea, who is a hardware merchant of Kendrick, and one of the early settlers of the town, dates his residence here from August 1891. A native of Minnesota, he was born February 10. 1862, and is of Scotch-Irish descent, his ancestors having been early settlers of New Brunswick. His parents were both natives of that country, and were reared, married and educated there. The father was Andrew McCrea and the mother bore the maiden name of Lydia Jane Murphy. Soon after their marriage they removed to Minnesota, where Andrew McCrea became a prominent lumberman. He was a gentleman of ability and influence and served as a member of the Minnesota legislature, both in the house and senate. Later in life he removed to Spokane, Washington, where he was connected with the Great Northern Railroad Company until his death, which occurred in 1894, at the age of sixty-one years. His wife departed this life in 1876, at the age of forty-seven years. They had a family of ten children, eight of whom are living. Donald S. McCrea, the fifth in order of birth, was educated in the public schools of his native state, and there learned the hardware business. In 1881, at Warren, Minnesota, he established a store of his own in that line, conducting the same for three years, when he removed to Rockford, Washington, where he carried on a hardware store for eight years. On the expiration of that period he came to Kendrick, in 1891, and organized the hardware firm of McCrea Brothers & Company. After some time he bought out his partners, and is now...

Jorgenson, Anton Bernhard “Tony” – Obituary

Richland, Baker County, Oregon Anton Bernhard “Tony” Jorgenson, 90, died at his home in Richland on Jan. 9, 2006. A graveside service was held in Salem on Jan. 11 at City View Cemetery. Pastor Ben Bryson of the Court Street Christian Church officiated the service. Tony was born on Sept. 14, 1915, in Esplee, Minn., to Niles T. and Christine Olson Jorgenson. His early years were spent in Esplee. At about the age of 14, he and his family moved to Salem. Tony graduated from high school in Salem and then returned to Minnesota to work for the railroad. It was while in Minnesota that he met and later married Hulda Olivia Thoreson on Aug. 3, 1938. During Tony’s life he dabbled in real estate. He enjoyed buying, remodeling and then selling homes. He was also contract painter. Tony owned several mining claims in Burnt River Canyon, which he worked for more than 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on cars, doing the mechanics. He moved to Richland after the death of his wife, and has lived with his grandson Randy these last five years. Tony is survived by his three grandchildren, Randy Jorgenson and Liz of Richland, Sandy and Russ Bailey of Jefferson, and Susan Jorgenson-Hartsell of Salem, and one-step grandchild, Wendy, and her husband Mike Graetzer of Stayton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hulda, a son, Gary Dale Jorgenson, one brother and four sisters. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Tony may do so to the Eagle Valley Ambulance through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O....

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