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Leif Erikson Day . . .
(Continued from Page 1)
To the Greenland eolony there
came. late one autumn. :1 Ship
from Iceland owned by one Bjm'nl
He'rjulfsson. He told of :1 long
voyage and drlfting‘ westward un
til he sighted new and unfannlinr
lands a heavily wooded must.
then a rocky coast but the gla
ciers of Greenland were misglng
and therefore he did not land.
Leif, the son of Erik the Red. born
in Iceland. lived in Greenland with
his father and heard this account.
In the summer of the year 1000
he manned a ship and set out to
One of the open Viking ships that sailed the high seas with
nut the aid of chart or compass.
find and explore this new land.
He came first to the rocky coast‘
and named it Helluland: then. the
wooded coast and named it Mark-l
land. Thence to the south he came
to a coast. fertile and beautiful.
with fields of wild grain and
grapes in abundance. Because of,
the abundance of grapes. he called!
the land "Vinland." Later the Sa-}
gas refer to the region as “Vinland!
the Good." After wintering in this‘.
new land Leif returned to Green-l
land in the spring with a stirring'
account of his successful voyage. I
In the summer of 1002 two ships i
arrived in Greenland from Iceland. l
Both crew wintered at Brattahlidm
the home of Erik the Red. Thel
story of Vinland thrilled the lead-g
ers and the following spring they;
set out with one hundred and six-j»
ty people under the leadership of?
Thorfinn Karlsefni and his wife
Gudrid. They followed the course
of Leif Eriksnri, found his aband—
oned bouths «lndging'si and re
mained there for three years, Dur
ing that period. a son Simrri was
born to Knrlscfni and Gutlridi
Through a series u: hostile en
counters with anvhrlming num
bers af Imlxnns‘ Ihvsv first white
colonists her-lint. mmincml of the
futilitv of Illt‘l \‘r‘Illlll‘t' and re
turned tl- Gzr-wfliixni. Kurlset‘zti
went to .\‘nrziiax' ;:; 1m: and to
Iceland the 5 11:11:11 year, 11'
the lath-r ll'lhfl'ffi aging" tinted
peopln ‘r thrzr :‘ritiflj: luck t0
the first \‘."’it- iii-'3 .u": "211111; (H
the 812% l-- :2 1:: .\tY‘N‘l‘ '31
\\'h)‘ Le-il “:n (’ullo-J " The Lucky"
Leif r-w i ’12. I-l litmn ti, his
name 7:..~ ""11": :w (lf'n't'flluflll
from th» ,\':r.' lllll x'uyagu, Th 8%
ga trils l.~ Iii" :'.i'«!-.illlw Winds
bore tn.- ‘v «vi smartly twi- ml
Grt'l’lll:1?.4l \V’.) {1 ill- .1, ,- r»
loomtul 1:: ‘3» lm‘liifil‘ l.-.: 23.-x—
pectwily <l1if‘:'il li..~ >‘ii~- Tw
his met: in sun-z. “l or 314:5 Mills“
clear‘n‘. lui ll» uni-Ir v-5 1
know nut :f .f i~ 15.1.; rr 1 <k- r—
ry. but how 1" l}! r :t "
Leif rO'Si'lml :‘if‘wz‘, ::.:' l!"'ll, "1.
skerry aw} t-: i 1.4'3“; 2‘ v
them in tho i}: erl' i' Ai
ter this h-~ “V: d li- ll Tit. In: Li'."
and gurml l "'1 -":; w: rm
spm‘t. th» Sui ‘vi‘r l'. ‘lin
terse stxh Ht 321' Sui "is =i
scriptirm m it 'l'nl
"Leif v.';i—' .1 arm :1 .r. .l'il
strung. atrium -l l 2*.11' ‘~‘.'u:" 1
therewnli Wise- ' . rv nix-r11. r
all matters ‘
Somm- nf the star) at Leif
Hrmtl in Emmi “'17 ~;~r:t
of bum mhriii in [m 1.: -l .tnl .\i i
went thw within 1, \'~ f' S“.‘_'
and smzn R. I'D); 2' *-li:"ll.: . ,.
ents .lnd .Eo-wi." 1'1 r‘iviin wl [iris
wu [hp fag-Ur t.‘ [HiSllHlH '.\'liv~r~ "
thoso people asm‘mbled, Ruui.‘
vhnrm'tors‘ «the sixtvvn-lvttvr :11-
phnhotl were used for inscriptions
but stm'ir's and poems \vm‘o unt
committed to writing until the La-
Hn alphnbot came into use. This
was brought tn the north with the
advent of Christianity in the tenth
vuntury. As soon as this had been
adapted to the old Norse Inng'ung'v
«then spoken in Norway. Sweden.
Denmark. as well as Iceland. the
Ox‘krw)’s_ and parts of the British
Ish‘si we hear of writers in Ice
land and the Sagas and Eddas
were permanently rocm‘dcd on vel—
lum. 'I‘wa original vellum manu—
scripts containing the discovery of
America by Leif Erikson and the
attempt at colonization by Thor
finn Karlsefni haVe been preserv
ed. These are. in the Royal Li
brary of Copenhagen and are
known as the “Flateyjarbok” and
The Leif Erikson Foundation
Leif Erikson Foundation was
organized in Seattle in 1934 for
the purpose of commemorating
Leif Erikson Day each year and
disseminating information on the
subject 01 the historic event which
it represents. The Foundation has
since sponsored a fitting observ
ance of October 9th. distributed
In our schools and elsewhere. hun
dreds of folders with information
about the Leif Erikson discovery
of America. It was also largely
responsible for the recognition of
October 9th as Leif Erikson Dav
in the State of Washington by the
1941 Legislature. In four other
states Ortober 9th has been so
reCog‘nized: “'Lsconsin, 1929: Min
nosota. 1931: South Dakota, 1933:
Illinois. 1937.
The Leif Erikson Day Law of
thv State of \K'ashing‘ton reads as
follows: Be It Rt'solved. by the
Sz'l‘iatt‘ and the House of Repre
sentatins of the State of Wash
:nuton. that the Governor of the
Shite of Washington is hereby au
t'r. i-xzml and rtquestetl to issue a
bit « laniation designating October
g. of .-:i h year as Leif El'.k50n Day
mi «111i: upon officials of tho
v .t' '_'|I‘.'n‘!'f‘.mi‘nt to display the
:W; tin Ifnitml States on all
sffllo liiiildiiigs on said date and
,"Vltiil; 7hr pmplr of the state of
\‘."tsii.:i:mn In uhservw the day in
~ :inuis :ar‘.l t'hurr'hcs. or other
,- :zti‘rl- pin «2‘. With :ipproprate
i'l'r m s
I’»~~ l the liwiist- Fvbriiai'y 1%.
1"“ [USN-vi Ul' Senatv )Ifll‘Ph
It 1911
$l0,000 Blaze Al
Parkland School
Fin) of undetermined origin
-'m:~'r-tl damngv estimated at $10,-
mm tn Pacific Lutheran College
m Parkland. \\'ash.. Aug. 6.
Rwy Peterson. chief of Parkland
\"rlllnh'f'r {Irv tlopartmont. said thn
flames Wo-re restricted to the sixth
flunr and steeple
‘ Sun-dish Pulp I m p n r t a Re
$umt-‘1f' Paper Mill News. 1440
Brnudey. New York. N. Y.
New Pastor To
Olympia Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran congrega
tion in Olympia has welcomed its
new pastor the Rev. Richard J.
Bingea. who preached his first
serlnoll in his new parish on Aug
ust [2. Pastor Bingea. whose
home is in St. Paul, Minn.. was
ordained in June of this year fol
‘lowing his graduation from Aug
ustana Seminary. Rock Island.
111. Mrs. Bingea. the former
Marian Anderson of St. Paul, was
organist and parish worker in St.
‘Paul's Lutheran Church. St. Paul.
l prior to her marriage.
‘ A reception for the new pastor
land his wife was held Sunday,
‘August 19 at the church. Pastor
LBingea is the successor to Rev.
fElmer M. Johnson who moved to
ESacramento a year ago.
I During the year's vacancy, the
mongregation has been served
l faithfully each Sunday by the Rev.
{Mikkel Lono of Parkland. The
iRel’. E. Arthur Larson has acted
‘ns vice pastor. On Sunday after
‘ noon. Jul\' ‘29. a farewell reception
rwas held at Millersylvania State
E Park in honor of Pastors Lono and
i Larson.
At a recent service a mortgage
burning; ceremony took place to
mark the liquidation of the $2,100
balance- of indebtedness on the
congregation. The Centennial
pledge of $2.700 had previously
been uniquely paid in full from
regular contributions in the Sun
day offerings.
During ”10 spring the church
auditorium was redecorated.
Nazis Leave by
Boat and Rail
A Stockholm report indicates
that Swedish-Allied negotiations
for the repatriation of German
war prisoners by rail through
SWeden have been completed.
Beginning on August 3 a train
of .eom’erted box ears will leave
each day from Narvik and Trond
heim for the south Swedish port
of Traelleborg. Here, each train
load of 1.000 or more troops will
embark for Luebeck. It is expect
ed that between sixty and eighty
thousand Germans will be re
moved from Norway in this way.
In the meantime, the repatria
tion of German troops by sea is
proceeding 5 m o o t h l y. Another
group of 2.000 left the south Nor
wegian port of Drammen on July
24 aboard the Allied-manned Ger
man liner "Jantje Fritzenf' These
first groups of repatriates are
composed largely of agricultural
Workers. transport specialists, and
members of the building trades
who han- been carefully screened
and identified. Nazi war prisoners
awaiting repatriation will work in
Norway, skilled laborers receiving
20 vents a day, unskilled 10 cents.
They will be employed only where
they will not displaCe Norwegian
l'lbUl‘ .and it is exported that large
groups of prisoners will be put to
V.'(il‘k in the forests.
Norwegians glancing at the lines
nf prisoners boarding the ships
smile grimly as they recall the
days in 1940 when the greygreen
uniforms poured ashore. They re
member the bleak years when the
lettl-rs S.S.Ul would suddenly ap
pl-ur splashed on walls or chalked
nn {rm-vs. and the determined slo
mm nn everyone's lips was a
hushod “Svina ska] ut" (out with
tho swinv D. Now Norwegians smile
and mu] knnwingly at each other.
as mut‘h us to say, “We made it.
brother, There they go.”
"Straight thinking makes for
straight living. The trouble with
n Int of us is that nur thinking is
twisted and confused, and our way
of living gnts that way too. Es
porially is this true in our rela
tinnxhip with other people."
W. B. T.
Recv. H. A. Stub . . .
(Continued from Page 1)
arose on an enlarged church. Pews
and other fixtures were installed
and the little church became at
tractive and active.
In 1907 the present centrally
located lot was bought. Easter.
1908, the congregation worshipped
for the first time in the completed
basement. The new church,
which was completed in June, 1912.
was dedicated in the presence of
the largest assembly of Luther
ans ever gathered on Puget Sound
up to that time. Now progress
became more rapid. A fine pipe
organ was installed in 1915, to
which Andrew Carnegie contrib
uted $1.000. In 1920-21 the church
was again enlarged. Sunday School
rooms, kitchen. gymnasium and a,
beautiful parsonage were added. In
1932 another enlargement which
materially increased the seating
capacity, electrified and enlarged
organ. choir loft, offices, music
and Sunday School rooms, etc.,
was made. making it one of the
most beautiful and attractive
churches in Seattle.
The church attendance has in—
creased steadily so that on the
holidays three to four services are
held. immediately following one
another, and yet people are turned
Since Dr. Stub came to Seattle,
42 years ago—over 2.900 members
have been received into the church
by profess-ion, over 2.600 children
have been baptized, 1.800 have
been confirmed. over 12,000 have
communed. and there have been
ministerial acts, over 2,000 fune—
rals, over 2,900 weddings etc.
Dr. Stub's interests were not
confined to the local congregation
In 1906 he organized the Young
People's League. (now Luther
League). and the Choral Union of
the Pacific District and was tho
president of both organizations
for many years.
Other activities of Doctor Stub
Member of the Pacific District
Home Missions Committee from
1910-23. and secretary of same
from 1912 to 1923, when he re
signed to become a member of the
Board of Home Missions of the
Norwegian Lutheran Church of
America and served for three
terms, being the man in longest
service on that board . -
Member of the Board of Trus
tees of the Pacific Lutheran Acad
emy. {now PacificLutheran Col
legeb, from 1910-17, and secretary
of same, 1915-17. During the same
period he was also secretary of
the corporation of the same school,
Buyer for the Church‘s Missions
in Alaska since 1916. establishing
in that time two new stations
with full equipment,
One of the organizers of the
Seamen's Mission in Seattle, and
has been chairman of the board
since its opening in 1917.
Chairman of the state of \Vash
ington for all drives during World
War I. appointed such by the So]-
diers and Sailors Commission and
National Lutheran Council.
First president of the Lutheran
Brotherhood in Seattle.
He had made all preparations to
enter the \Vorld War I as chap
lain, when the a r m i s t i c e was
Lutheran representative at the
Alaska. Pacific Exposition in Se
attle 1909.
One of the vice presidents 0f the
Panama Pacific Exposition in Sam
Francisco in 1915.
One of three speakers at the
dedication of the King County and
City of Seattle Court House and
City Hall.
Norwegian representative at the
installation of the Scandinavian
department at the University of
Honorary member of the Nor
wegian Singing Society of Seattle
Member of the Norwegian Com
mert-ial Club‘
Speaker at Public Reception to
(‘rnwn Prince Olaf and Crown
Prixwess Mnrtha of Norway at the
(‘ivie Audilurium. May 26. 1939.
Has attended every national
meeting of his church body and
has served on important commit
Has refused many calls East and
South. among them a unanimous
call from the church to the presi
dency of Spokane College.
Has written many articles and
delivered many lectures on the
subjects he has specialized in, viz:
“Home Missions," “Church Music,"
and "Church Statistics.’ Being at
:1 great distance from the center
of the church. he has had to fore
go many honors, chairmanships.
etc, which his term of service en
titled him to.
Was for a period secretary of
the Board of Publication for “Pa
cific Lutheran Herald."
His principal w r i t t e n efforts
are: "Inspiration"; “Music in the
Church"; “Christ in the Old Testa
ment"; “The Place of the Lutheran
Church in America"; “The City
Church"; “Home Mission Prob
lems" etc.
He has written several pamph
lets in the interest of the local
He is at present serving his
third term as secretary of the
Pacific District of the Lutheran
Church (N.L.C.A.)
He is at present a member of
the Library Board of the City of
Seattle, serving his third term.
He is one of the best known
men among Norwegians on the
He speaks Norwegian fluently.
some German, and reads many
other languages.
He is looked upon as a leader of
Lutheranism in the state. He is
orthodox without being narrow.
One of the civic leaders of Seattle
stated: “Lutheranism was un
known in Seattle before Stub's ar
rival here. Now everybody knows
Dr. Stub and knows that there is
a Lutheran church."
This is Dr. Stub's 42nd anniver
sary in Seattle as he has served
the same congregation since be
coming pastor. He is therefore the
oldest pastor in point of continu
ous service in Seattle, if not in
the state.
Maj.Richard Bong
Killed In Crash
Maj. Richard Ira Bong, Ameri
va's are of aces. was killed in
stantly Aug. 6 in the flaming
crash and explosiun of a P-80 jet
plane in a vacant lot near the
Lockheed Air Terminal. in Bur
bank. Calif.
Eyewitnesses at the crash scene
said the air hero, who shot down
40 Japanese planes in the Pacific.
died in a desperate attempt to
jump clear of the plane 30 feet
from the ground, after first fight
ing to head the plane away from
near-by houses into a vacant lot.
Major Bong's body. crushed and
burned. was found near the wreck
age of his ship.
His smrehed. partially opened
parachute. lay near the body.
The air hero's plnne exploded
and disintegrated with a blast that
rocked the adjoining neighborhood
and hurled fragments of the jet
propelled craft 150 yards.
The I‘ueifie war hero hnd been
assigned to the Lockheed plant to
test and :ieeept Lockheed P-SO
jet planes for the army air forces.
Bong. who was of Swedish des
cent, was married last February
10 to his school sweetheart, Miss
Marjtrie Vuttendnhl, of Superior.
Wis. whose parents are Nor
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