Reverend J. B. A. Dale. pastor of the United Lutheran church at McIntosh, was born at Avue Bergen, Stilt, Norway,
June 29, 1854. He remained in his native land until his seventeenth year, coming to the United States in June,
1871. For several months he made his home in Columbus, Wisconsin. and t.hen located in Chicago, where he spent
three years and then returned to Wisconsin, living for a time iu Eau Claire. Being ambitious to secure an education
and prepare himself for the ministry, in the fall of 1875 he went to Minneapolis and enrolled in the Augsburg Seminary.
He completed a four years’ course of study in that institution, meanwhile working during the vacation months and
finding further employment as a teacher in parochial schools. He then attended the Normal school at Winona, Minnesota,
during one winter and subsequently entered the University at Columbus, Ohio. In 1882 he became a student in the
Red Wing Seminary and completed his studies in the following two years, receiving his degree in June, 1884. He
was ordained in Lee county, Illinois, and his first pastorate was in Newman Grove, Nebraska, remaining with that
congregation for some fourteen years. On leaving he came to Minnesota to accept the charge at Twin Valley in Norman
county, where he served for six years. In July, 1904, he removed to McIntosh, as pastor of the United Lutheran
church, with eight churches in Polk county in his circuit, which has since been divided into two pastorates. Mr.
Dale has devoted his life to his ministerial labors and enjoys the high regard of his many warm friends through
his faithful service during the many years spent as a leader in religious interests. He was married at Roland,
Iowa, in July, 1882, to Julia Olson, who was born at Leland, Illinois, November 23, 1865. Fourteen children were
born to this union, twelve of whom are living. Marcelius A. Dale died at McIntosh, in his twentieth year and the
death of Melvin Dale occurred when he was fourteen years of age. The surviving children are, Jeanette, who married
E. G. Schlanbuseh; Caspar, Erwin, Christina, the wife of Reverend A. B. Hinderlie, Clara, Elnora, Andora, Ingeborg,
Beatrice, Marcellus, Marguerite and Jens.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
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