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The interview was conducted with Anders Ramstad on March 14, 1981 at Pacific Lutheran University's University House in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information on family background, education, marriage, employment at PLU, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also provides three photographs of Anders at the time of the interview, a small book about Anders written by his wife, Emma, and a memorial tribute from PLU's news magazine, Scene, July 1981. The interview was conducted in English.
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Anders Ramstad was born on June 2, 1891 in Dennison, Minnesota to William and Josephine Ramstad, both of whose parents were from Norway. Anders was one of eleven children, and he spoke Norwegian until he began school. Anders attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, after which he went to seminary in St. Paul. While attending seminary, he met his wife Emma Kvindlog. They have three children: Alice, William, and Helen (Toppy). After they were married and graduated, Anders became a minister at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA. He was later elected a board member at Pacific Lutheran College and was eventually nominated as a teacher as well. He began teaching in 1925, and at this time, none of the teachers received regular pay. The faculty did not begin to receive regular pay until President Eastvold came in 1943. While at PLC, Anders also coached the girls' basketball team and started the first PLC football team. Anders retired from PLC at the age of seventy, after which he arranged for retired PLC workers to use PLC facilities so that he could keep up his hobby of golf. Anders was not a member of the Sons of Norway but was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Anders spoke Norwegian in America 'for fun,' and he visited Norway in 1935 and 1965. Overall, Anders was glad he was Norwegian.
Full Name: Anders William Ramstad. Father: William Ramstad. Mother: Josephine Martie Ohnstad. Paternal Grandfather: Ole A. Ramstad. Paternal Grandmother: Ragnild Valsengen. Maternal Grandfather: Rognald Johnson Ohnstad. Maternal Grandmother: Martha Iverson Skeim. Maternal Step-Grandmother: Perine Otterness. Brothers and Sisters: Rognald Olaus Ramstad, Henry Julius Ramstad, Randi Mathilde Ramstad, Edgar Benjamin Ramstad, Melanchton Albert Ramstad, Lydia Josephine Ramstad, Ephraim Jonathon Ramstad, Janna Elizabeth Ramstad, Mamie Christine Ramstad, Melvin Philip Ramstad. Spouse: Emma Kvindlog Ramstad. Children: Alice Margaret Ramstad Gonzales, William Kvindlog Ramstad, Helen Ruth Lydia (Toppy) Ramstad Kyllo.