Theodore Gulhaugen Oral History Interview, 1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gulhaugen , Theodore
Title
Dates
1980 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 file folders
1 sound cassette
1 compact disc
Collection Number
t037
Summary
An oral history interview with Theodore Gulhaugen, a Norwegian immigrant.
Repository
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
98447
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Theodore Gulhaugen was born on August 21, 1893 in Drammen, Norway. His parents were Andres and Josephine Gulhaugen, and there were twelve children in the family, including Theodore. Andres was a foreman at a planing mill. In February 1911, Theodore decided to immigrate to America. Going to America was a common subject of conversation at that time, and one of Theodore's brothers in America sent him a ticket. Theodore traveled to Seattle, Washington, where his brother and Pastor Bergesen met him. The first Sunday Theodore was in Seattle, he attended church, and later decided to enter the ministry. He attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained in Kennewick, Washington. From 1916 - 1917, he worked at a mission station in Alaska and then went on to serve various congregations in Kennewick, Pasco, Washington, Grand View, Washington, Yakima, Washington, New West Minister, BC, South Bend, WA, Raymond, Washington, Astoria, Oregon, Cathlamet, Washington, and Chinook, Washington.

In June 1921, he married a woman from Ballard, Washington and had six children: Martin, Grace, Elaine, Rumar, Kathy, and Theodora. Theodore was later called to Sacramento, California, where he remained until 1962 before coming to Trinity Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington. In Tacoma, Theodore has held Norwegian Christmas services and taught Norwegian at Franklin Pierce High School and Tacoma Community College. In 1976, he served on the welcoming committee and arrangement of a banquet for King Olav, who came to Seattle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Norwegians coming to the Northwest. Theodore has also returned to Norway and continues to remain in contact with his relatives there. Theodore is very thankful for his Norwegian heritage, but has always felt welcome in America and believes he has had a good life here.

Lineage

Full Name: Theodore Gulhaugen. Father: Andres Gulhaugen. Mother: Josephine Gulhaugen. Brothers and Sisters: Ludvig Gulhaugen,, Nils Gulhaugen, Christian Gulhaugen, Lauras Gulhaugen, Alfred Gulhaugen, Hans Gulhaugen, Anna Gulhaugen, Emma Gulhaugen, Valborg Gulhaugen, Martha Gulhaugen, Ovidia Gulhaugen. Spouse: Gertrude Christensen. Children: Martin Gulhaugen, Grace Gulhaugen, Elaine Gulhaugen, Rumar Gulhaugen, Kathy Gulhaugen, Theodora Gulhaugen.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The interview was conducted with Theodore Gulhaugen on April 22, 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information on personal background, emigration, life as a pastor, teaching, meeting King Olaf, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also contains articles on the American Lutheran Church (The Lutheran Standard, April 1, 1980), the five generations of the Gulhaugen family to enter the Lutheran ministry, the Gulhaugen family's 75-year legacy at PLU, and Theodore Gulhaugen being PLU's oldest Homecoming alum (Mooring Mast, October 19, 1982). The interview was conducted in English.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The partial interview transcription highlights important aspects of the interview. Numbers may be used as guides to important subjects. Two numbers separated by a slash indicate that the first number is for cassette and the second for CD.

Container(s) Description
Cassette
37, side 1 004/02: PERSONAL BACKGROUND
Born Drammen, Norway, August 21, 1893.
37, side 1 007: PARENTS
Andres and Josephine
37, side 1 012: BROTHERS AND SISTERS (see attached)
12, seven boys and five girls.
37, side 1 024: FATHER
Employed foreman. Planning mill also a filer. Lived on Halmen (?) Island in the Drammen River.
37, side 1 039: GRANDPARENTS
Maternal grandmother lived with them (kind, patient).
37, side 1 059: BACKGROUND FAMILY NAME
Difficult to trace family name.
37, side 1 064/03: ARRIVED U.S.
February 1911, age 17 1/2.
37, side 1 071: WHY HE CAME TO THE U.S.
"It was in the air," "common subject of talk." Brother in the U.S. sent the ticket.
37, side 1 086: FEELINGS LEAVING NORWAY
Didn't realize what was happening. Left from Oslo, Norway.
37, side 1 103: KEEPSAKES
Mother knitted socks, Bible, and catechism.
37, side 1 112: TRIP OVER
February, weather severe big waves. Mostly Norwegians.
37, side 1 120: IMMIGRATION
Seeing the Statue of Liberty. Examined for illness.
37, side 1 125/04: TRAIN TRIP
Brother and Pastor Bergesen waiting for him in Seattle.
37, side 1 134: LEARNING ENGLISH
Evening school Drammen, knew a few words. No real problem. Attended school in Seattle.
37, side 1 148: FEELING AT HOME
Took that for granted.
37, side 1 151: CITIZENSHIP
Very 1st year he could. Brother and family helped him.
37, side 1 154: BROTHER'S EMPLOYMENT
Sawyer in Mill (Seattle area).
37, side 1 160:
Married June 1921. Met wife in the Ballard area.
37, side 1 167: CHURCH LIFE
Went first Sunday in America. Met Pastor Bergesen again (people mainly Norwegian).
37, side 1 172: CHILDREN (see attached)
Martin is a pastor and lives in Tacoma. Grace lives in New Jersey. Teddy in Pennsylvania. Kathy in California. Rumar in Minnesota.
37, side 1 191/05: ENTERING MINISTRY
Seemed to be a natural thing. Ordained at Kennewick attended Luther Seminary - St. Paul.
37, side 1 205: ALASKA
1916-1917 worked at Mission Station, world by its self at that time. Traveled from Nome to Teller, Alaska.
37, side 1 242: SERVED VARIOUS CONGREGATIONS
Kennewick, Pasco, Grand View, Yakima, New West Minister, B.C., South Bend, Raymond, Astoria, Oregon, Cathlamet, and Chinook, Washington.
37, side 1 290/06: CALLED TO SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Until 1962 then Assistant Parkland Trinity Church. Sacramento congregation gave them tickets to Norway.
37, side 1 300: MAJORITY CONGREGATION NORWEGIANS
Important for immigrants to find a church. To find congregation and join them together.
37, side 1 316: CHRISTMAS
Norwegian service, otherwise service in English.
37, side 1 324: GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN
Norwegian Christmas services held every year.
37, side 1 333: PLU
Last 2-3 years held Norwegian Christmas services (see counter I-383, II-187, II-276).
37, side 1 341: CHURCH SERVICE
Describes differences and similarities to Norwegian service.
37, side 1 365/07: SALARY
Paid a direct salary. Earlier years people would bring articles to home.
37, side 1 383: PLU
Wife's parents, Christensen, had ties to PLU. His kids attended (see counter I-333, II-187, II-276).
37, side 1 406: SECOND OCCUPATION
Would have been music. Played various instruments.
37, side 1 416: TEACHING NORWEGIAN
Since 1960. Started Franklin Pierce High School (Parkland), later Tacoma Community College.
37, side 1 442: MEETING KING OLAF
1976 celebrating 150th anniversary of Norwegians coming to Northwest. Served on the welcoming committee and arrangement. Banquet at Olympic Hotel - Seattle.
37, side 1 495: TRIPS BACK TO NORWAY
Great thrill. Keeps in touch with relatives. (see counter I-290, I-519)
37, side 1 504: IMPORTANCE NORWEGIAN HERITAGE
Proud and thankful.
37, side 1 519: FAMILY REUNION DRAMMEN
Once when visiting (see counter I-290, I-495).
37, side 1 527: KEEPSAKES
"Not so much" should have done more.
37, side 2 083/09: SPEAKING NORWEGIAN
Children don't speak it, during time of war patriotic to speak English. America, good to him always felt welcome.
37, side 2 120: WHAT STANDS OUT IN NORWAY
Drammen very fine town. People are good. Family spirit. Church life in Norway.
37, side 2 134: QUOTES NORWEGIAN TABLE PRAYER
Before and after.
37, side 2 165/10: LIFE AS A PASTOR
Live close to God. Fighting evil, work towards the good. Growing in knowledge.
37, side 2 187: PASTOR WANGEN
Oldest Norwegian Lutheran pastor since 1920. His background, caretaker at PLU (see counter I-333, I-383, II-276).
37, side 2 224: NORWEGIAN IMMIGRANTS
Accepted life as it was, did not demand favors. Thankful for his life.
37, side 2 276/11: Q CLUB (PLU)
Received plaque 1976 for his interest shown to PLU (see counter I-333, I-383, II-187).
37, side 2 292: CHURCH CONVENTIONS
Minneapolis asked to conduct Norwegian Service. Pastor Bergesen attended.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Family--Norway
  • Naturalization
  • Norway--Social conditions--1945-
  • Norwegian-Americans--Northwest, Pacific--Interviews
  • Norwegian-Americans--Social life and customs
  • Personal Names :
  • Gulhaugen, Theodore Rev.--Interviews (creator)
  • Gulhaugen, Elaine
  • Gulhaugen, Kathy
  • Gulhaugen, Rumar
  • Gulhaugen, Theodora
  • Pastor Bergesen
  • Wangen, Pastor
  • Christensen, Gertrude
  • Gulhaugen, Andres
  • Gulhaugen, Grace
  • Gulhaugen, Josephine
  • Gulhaugen, Martin
  • Corporate Names :
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Trinity Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Family Names :
  • Christensen family
  • Gulhaugen family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Astoria (Or.)
  • Cathlamet (Wash.)
  • Drammen (Norway)
  • Grand View (Wash.)
  • Kennewick (Wash.)
  • New Westminster (B.C.)
  • Pasco (Wash.)
  • Sacramento (Calif.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • South Bend (Wash.)
  • Yakima (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Oral histories
  • Occupations :
  • Clergy