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Collection Gustav Lawrence Bongfeldt papers
Collection Number MSS P:22
Dates of Creation 1936-1949
Extent of Description .25 linear feet, 1 box
Language English
Creator Bongfeldt, Gustav Lawrence, 1903-
Other Creators Wendell, Claus August, 1866-1950
Search Terms Bongfeldt, Gustav Lawrence, 1903-
Wendell, Claus August, 1866-1950
Administrative or Biographical History Gustav Lawrence Bongfeldt was born on November 6, 1903, in Marinette, Wisconsin, to Erick August Bongfeldt and Augusta Kalmar (Berglund). He attended Gustavus Adolphus College where he received his B.A. in 1928, and Augustana Seminary, where he received his B.D. in 1931. On June 14, 1931, he was ordained by the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Jamestown, New York. Following ordination he served the churches in Robbinsdale, Minnesota (1931-1934), Eau Claire, Wisconsin (1934-1947) and Chicago, Illinois (1956-1968). He served as a board member of Camp Augustana and was the author of Quiet Hour (1934) and Pen Portraits of P. 0. Bersell and C. A. Wendell (1950).

Claus August Wendell was born on April 24, 1866, in Ving, Västergotland, Sweden, and immigrated to America in 1869. He attended Augustana College, where he received his B.A. in 1893 and M.A. in 1897. He served as an instructor for Rock Island High School from 1897-1902 before attending Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota. He was ordained in the Augustana Synod on June 11, 1905, in Stanton, Iowa. Following ordination he served Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Rockford, Illinois (1905-1911); Immanuel Lutheran Church, Evanston, Illinois (1911-1914); and Grace Lutheran, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1914-1947). As a pastor, he was also connected with the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Pastors’ Association. He was a member of the Lutheran Welfare Society and the Association of English Churches of the Augustana Synod. He served as co-editor of the Junior Hymnal authorized by the Augustana Lutheran Synod, and as editor of Rockford Posten. He was the author of Little Journeys in His Kingdom. He served as a board member for the YMCA, the University of Minnesota and the Augustana Hymnal Committee. In 1939 he received the honorary D.D. degree from Augustana College. He was married in Putnam, Illinois, on August 1937, to Anna Norlin, with whom he had three children. He died on September 18, 1950. A lengthier biography of C.A. Wendell can be found in G. L Bongfeldt's Pen Portraits of P.0. Bersell and C. A. Wendell (Rock Island, Ill.: Augustana Book Concern, c. 1950), pp. 63-115.
Scope & Content The papers include background information on the collection from the donor, July 13 and 15, 1981 and letters received by Gustav L. Bongfeldt from Rev. C. A. Wendell 1936; 1938-1939; 1943-1946; 1949. Wendell's letters include comments pertaining to his life for the manuscript entitled Pen Portraits of Dr. Bersell that Dr. C.A. Wendell Bongfeldt was working on at the time.
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