Gulhaugen, Theodore

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SIE 2-4-t037

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Gulhaugen, Theodore


  • 1980-04-22 (Creation)


3 file folders
1 sound cassette
1 compact disc

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The interview was conducted with Theodore Gulhaugen on April 22, 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information on personal background, emigration, life as a pastor, teaching, meeting King Olaf, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also contains articles on the American Lutheran Church (The Lutheran Standard, April 1, 1980), the five generations of the Gulhaugen family to enter the Lutheran ministry, the Gulhaugen family's 75-year legacy at PLU, and Theodore Gulhaugen being PLU's oldest Homecoming alum (Mooring Mast, October 29, 1982). The interview was conducted in English.

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Box 2, File 3 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Family Background, and Tape Index

Box 2, File 3A Correspondence and Forms
Release Form
Letters from Janet Rasmussen regarding his participation.
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Box 2, File 3B Clippings
Four clippings

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Interviewed by Donna Mallonee
Transcribed by Mary Sue Gee, Julie Peterson and Becky Husby
Encoded by Kerstin Ringdahl & Amity Smetzler
Recording Quality: Good, some background noise.

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      Theodore Gulhaugen was born on August 21, 1893 in Drammen, Norway. His parents were Andres and Josephine Gulhaugen, and there were twelve children in the family, including Theodore. Andres was a foreman at a planing mill. In February 1911, Theodore decided to immigrate to America. Going to America was a common subject of conversation at that time, and one of Theodore's brothers in America sent him a ticket. Theodore traveled to Seattle, Washington, where his brother and Pastor Bergesen met him.

      The first Sunday Theodore was in Seattle, he attended church, and later decided to enter the ministry. He attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained in Kennewick, Washington. From 1916 - 1917, he worked at a mission station in Alaska and then went on to serve various congregations in Kennewick, Pasco, Washington, Grand View, Washington, Yakima, Washington, New West Minister, BC, South Bend, Washington, Raymond, Washington, Astoria, Oregon, Cathlamet, Washington, and Chinook, Washington. In June 1921, he married a woman from Ballard, Washington and had six children: Martin, Grace, Elaine, Rumar, Kathy, and Theodora.

      Theodore was later called to Sacramento, California, where he remained until 1962 before coming to Trinity Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington. In Tacoma, Theodore has held Norwegian Christmas services and taught Norwegian at Franklin Pierce High School and Tacoma Community College. In 1976, he served on the welcoming committee and arrangement of a banquet for King Olav, who came to Seattle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Norwegians coming to the Northwest.

      Theodore has also returned to Norway and continues to remain in contact with his relatives there. Theodore is very thankful for his Norwegian heritage, but has always felt welcome in America and believes he has had a good life here.


      Full Name: Theodore Gulhaugen
      Father: Andres Gulhaugen
      Mother: Josephine Gulhaugen
      Brothers and Sisters: Ludvig Gulhaugen, Nils Gulhaugen, Christian Gulhaugen, Lauras Gulhaugen, Alfred Gulhaugen, Hans Gulhaugen, Anna Gulhaugen, Emma Gulhaugen, Valborg Gulhaugen, Martha Gulhaugen, Ovidia Gulhaugen
      Spouse: Gertrude Christensen
      Children: Martin Gulhaugen, Grace Gulhaugen, Elaine Gulhaugen, Rumar Gulhaugen, Kathy Gulhaugen, Theodora Gulhaugen

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