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Helga Fjelstad, Concordia College matron
Helga Fjelstad, Concordia College matron
TitleHelga Fjelstad, Concordia College matron
DescriptionHelga Fjelstad sitting in chair. Location of photograph unknown.
Date of OriginalNo later than 1910
General SubjectColleges & Universities
Subject (LCTGM)Cooks
Universities & colleges
Personal NameFjelstad, Helga, 1864-1938
Organization NameConcordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) - People
LocationMoorhead (Minn.)
Clay County (Minn.)
United States
Item NumberP01124
Format of OriginalPhotographs
Dimensions of Original5.5 x 2.75 in.
Transcription"From M. Askegaard's scrapbook. Early 1900s"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle handwritten on back of photograph.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryHelga Fjelstad, a Norwegian immigrant, began her career at Concordia in 1895. As matron of the college, she was responsible for overseeing the food service and all it employed. This job was quite an undertaking as nearly every student and several faculty members lived on campus at the time. Considered by many homesick Cobbers to be a "substitute mother, " Miss Fjelstad was known for her comforting talks accompanied with milk and cookies. She retired in 1921, but was asked to return two years later. In 1938, a new women's dormitory was built and named "Fjelstad Hall" in her honor. Miss Fjelstad was present at the cornerstone laying, but passed away before the building's completion. At the dedication of the new hall, President Brown praised Miss Fjelstad for making "the greatest contribution of any individual to the progress and welfare of Concordia College."
Repository InstitutionConcordia College Library, College Archives
Repository CollectionPhotographs 1891-1910, RG 31.11.1 FF 11
Credit LineCourtesy of the Concordia College Archives.
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about permissions, or for information on prices, contact the Concordia College Archives.
Digital IDcc000075
Original SourcePhotographic print
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