Rev. Elias Christianson Interview, ca. 1979
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Missionaries--China; China--Description and travel; Communism--China; Theological seminaries; Clergy; Norwegian language; Depressions--1929; Chaplains; Diaries
Rev. Elias Christianson was 81 years old and was from Starbuck, Minnesota. He was born in China in 1898 to missionary parents. His father was from Norway. He spent most of his life working in churches in North Dakota. After his retirement, he became a chaplain at the nursing home in Starbuck, Minnesota.
In this interview, Elias discusses missionaries in China and growing up in China. He discusses going to seminary and becoming a reverend. He discusses preaching in Norwegian and the churches that he preached at in North Dakota. He discusses the effects of the Depression on the church and the people in his congregation. He discusses what he has been doing since his retirement, including being a chaplain at the nursing home in Starbuck. Finally, he talks about his hobbies, including diary writing and writing a memoir.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Christianson, Elias, "Rev. Elias Christianson Interview, ca. 1979" (1979). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 131.