Narvestad's Legacy will be Remembered
By Kathy Velde Staff writer
Published in the Granite Falls Advocate Tribute, Thursday, November 6, 2008 4:50 PM CST
Carl and Amy Narvestad's love of life is a legacy that will carry
the community of Granite Falls into the 21st century.
"Yellow Medicine East Dollars for Scholars has received notice
that it has been named as one of the Amy Narvestad Estate
beneficiaries," said Les Bergquist, president of the organization.
"This generous bequest will benefit Yellow Medicine East High School
graduating seniors for many years to come. Thanks are extended to
Marcus Reinertson and the entire Narvestad family for benefiting
Yellow Medicine East Dollars for Scholars as well as other Granite
Falls community organizations. Carl and Amy Narvestad were very
civic oriented individuals and were always working to make our
community a better place to live. Their legacy will long be
remembered," said Bergquist.
The past to the future
During their lifetime they were honored many times. King Olaf of
Norway presented Carl the Saint Olav Medal in 1990. When speaking
with this reporter about the medal, Amy's voice revealed her sense
of pride when she shared, "If we lived in Norway the people would
call him ‘Sir Karl." The medal is being donated to the community.
Carl was awarded the medal in recognition of outstanding services
rendered in connection with the spreading of information about
Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate
Norwegians and their home country. "One time when Carl and I were in
Norway, I was speaking to a woman who considered herself an expert
in Norwegian dialects. She pointed out Carl to me and told me what
region of Norway he lived in. I explained that Carl was from Granite
Falls, Minnesota and she was off like a flash and cornered Carl for
the rest of the night," shared Reinertson. Carl's knowledge of the
language and his ability to speak allowed him to translate Norwegian
into English. "He spoke a pure dialect from the 1860s and was often
asked to speak on the radio when he traveled to Norway," he said.
Both Karl and Amy were faithful members of the Granite Falls
Lutheran Church. Karl, his father and grandfather were supporters of
the little chapel - Vestre Sogn, which stands on a plot from the
farm that Karl's grandfather Christen Narvestad pioneered in 1867.
"I had to tell them, at the chapel, that they should cash in some
bonds to repair the roof of the chapel before the details of the
will were made public. When I told them they were getting a sizable
bequest - there was no sound on the other end of the line - I
thought I'd lost the connection," said Reinertson.
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