Olaf C. Cartford (1920-2012)

Biographical Sketch

Olaf C. Cartford was born January 14, 1920, in Port-Dauphin, Madagascar; his parents were missionaries Richard C. and Marie Mortensen Cartford.  He obtained a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota (1942) and a B.Th. from Luther Theological Seminary (1945).  After a stint as chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1945-47), he served one year at St. John’s Lutheran in Northfield.  He then obtained an MST from Princeton Theological Seminary (1950).  He married Verna Matson in 1951.  He was pastor at Immanuel in Wadena, Minnesota, and St. Paul’s in Verndale (1951-67).  He then served as assistant to the Bishop, Northern Minnesota District, Moorhead, Minnesota (1967-85) until his retirement.  He lived in Moorhead until his death, November 16, 2012.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials primarily related to Cartford’s personal life. 

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE:  Luther Seminary enrollment card, class reunion memories form, and biographical note.

PAPERS COLLECTION:  Correspondence with family and friends.  Photographs, especially of Cartford, his siblings, and their parents.  Writings on family history.  Newspaper clippings featuring family members.  Obituaries, graduation announcements, birth announcements.  A bound copy of Cartford’s Master’s thesis.  A copy of Richard Cartford’s trust agreement.

Folder List

Family: History and Clippings

Ragna (Cartford) Evenson



Photographs [2 folders]

MST Thesis [hardcover binder]