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John Dahle

DAHLE, John. b. in the interior valley county of Valdres, Norway, 3 January 1853; d. St Paul, Minnesota, 16 July 1931. His father was the klokker (precentor or lead singer) in his local church, and singing teacher in the parish school. Dahle graduated from Hamar Normal School (1870), learned to play the violin and organ, and went to Oslo to study language, drama, and singing. In 1876 he married Johanna Sørlie. They came to the United States where he taught singing and Norwegian at St Olaf College (1889-90 and 1891-92) and Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (1892-93). He taught Danish-Norwegian drama at the University of Minnesota (1910-12), but spent most of his life in seminary...

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