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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin
(1925)

Chapter XXII: biographical,   pp. 247-958


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HISTORY OF DUNN COUNTY
ject of this sketch, was visiting his old home in Norway. The mother passed away
in 1923. There were six children in the family: Elias C., of Menomonie; Andreas,
who lives on the home farm in Norway; Ludvig, deceased; Annie, now Mrs. Ole
Drage of Drage, Nordfjord, Norway; Olai, a Lutheran pastor now living in Seattle,
Wash.; and Klaus of Barmsund. Nordfjord, Norway. Elias C. Haavick after
attending a grade school in his native place, became a pupil in a private school at
Raudeberg, which was conducted by his uncle, R. Fagerlid. In 1899 he came to the
United States, locating at De Forest, Dane County, Wis. In March he entered
the service of a farmer with the understanding that he should be allowed to attend
school until May 1. which he accordingly did, during which time he acquired a
knowledge, in some measure, of the rudiments of the English language. It is here
worthy of note that Mr. Haavik arrived in De Forest on a Sunday, and Monday
morning-the ver- next day-found him in his class at school. After the school
term was over he worked that summer on the farm. That fall, wishing to enter
high school, he found some difficulty as not being far enough advanced in English,
but with the help of the principal oi the De Forest school, Mr. E. C. Meland, who
got into touch with Dr. Harvev, then state superintendent of schools and later
president of Stout Institute, he was allowed to enter, and he justified their good
opinion of his abilities by graduating with the class of 1904. Then, from 1904 to
1906, he attended Luther College at Decorah, Iowa. In 1906 he entered the
Luther Theological Seminary at St. Paul, Minn., and was graduated with the class
of 1909. On June 9,1909, he was ordained at Trempealeau, Wis.,where the annual
meeting was held that year, and he became assistant pastor to the Rev. J. Nordby,
who was president of the Eastern District, with headquarters at Lee, Ill. After
holding that position until the spring of 1911, Mr. Haavik accepted a mission charge
on the home mission field at Livingston, Mont., the field extending from Big Timber
to Missoula, a distance of 360 miles. In November, 1912, he accepted a call to
become pastor of the First Norwegian Lutheran Church in Menomonie, the pastor-
ate also including charges at Little Elk Creek, North Menomonie and Varney
Creek. At that time both svnods were in existence and there were two churches
at each place, but in 1917 the two synods were united at St. Paul, Menomonie and
adjacent fields not being consolidated, however, until the fall of 1918. Since that
time Mr. Haavik has been the sole pastor of these communities, having charge of
the churches already mentioned, so that he is now covering the field formerly
covered by two pastors, and serving approximately 1,600 people. His congrega-
tions or churches, with the individuals composing them are members of the Nor-
wegian Lutheran Church of America. Mr. Haavik has not risen to his present
position of responsibility and usefulness without strenuous exertion and a successful
struggle against various disadvantages, such as knowing no English when he first
came to this country, and having to earn his own living, and attending school at
intervals. He has done well and made a good record; when at school and college
he stood high in his classes and in demonstrations, and as a pastor he has taken good
care of his churches and proved himself an able speaker and tireless worker. Mr.
Haavik was married at De Forest, Wis., July 29, 1909, to Sena Thue, of that place,
who was a high school classmate of his. She was born on a farm near North Bristol,
Dane County, Oct. 18, 1880. She was graduated from Stoughton Academy, at
Stoughton, Wis., in 1900, and from the De Forest High School with the class of 1904.
Subsequently she taught grade schools for eight years. The passing years have
brought to Mr. and Mrs. Haavik the blessing of three children, two daughters and
a son, who are as follows: Ingeborg 0., born July 28, 1911, at Livingston, Mont.;
John Edward, born June 26, 1914, in Menomonie; and Florence Adeline, born Oct.
29, 1919, in Menomonie. The Haavik residence is at the comer of Tenth Street
and Tenth Avenue, while our Saviour's Church is at the comer of Sixth Street and
Tenth Avenue.
Henry Ausman, one of the most notable of the pioneers of Dunn County, for
many years a resident of Elk Mound, who in various ways was a driving force in
business and agricultural development, religious growth, and the machinery of
local government, was born in Germany, Oct. 20, 1836, son of John H. and Anna M.
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