203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Second Lieutenant Albert A. Aardal

Second Lieutenant Albert A. Aardal was born on April 17, 1887 in Norway and died September 3, 1951 in Waverly, IA.

Albert A. Aardal entered the United States Army on November 20, 1917, in Jefferson Barracks, MO, served during the World War I era and reached the rank of Second Lieutenant before being discharged on February 13, 1919 in Camp Lakehurst, NJ.

Albert A. Aardal is buried at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at

Newspaper Articles


Members of seven departments of Iowa State college will be heard at the annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, which will be held at Parsons college, Fairfield Friday and Saturday.

R. E. Epelaman, head of the bacteriology department and dean of the graduate school, will speak on the history of bacteriology in this country at the banquet which will be held Friday evening. C. H. Werkman of the department will read a paper.

Dr. L. H. Pammel, head of the botany department will read four papers, one with Charlotte M. King of the department on examination studies of trees and shrubs. I. E. Melham, J. C. Gilman, Ada Hayden, J. N. Martia, and A. L. Hershey, all of the department will also read papers.

Dr. L. B. Spinney, head of the physics department will read a paper on “A Parallel Carbon Are for Direct Current.” Jay W. Woodrow, C. A. Morehouse, Harold Stiles, A. A. Aardal, L. W. Butler, A. A. Benedict, L. V. Crow, all members of the department, will also give papers.

Dr. J. E. Evans, head of the psychology department, will read a paper on Predictive Value of Intelligence Test.” T. F. Vance, Martin Fritz, and Nina M. Klise, all of the department, will also read papers.

Dr. E. R. Smith, head of the mathematics department, will read a paper on “Some Mistakes of the Amateur Mathematicians.” M. W. Anderson, D. L. Hall, J. S. Turner, and A. E. Brandt, all of the department, will also give papers.

Dr. J. E. Guthrie, professor of zoology, will read a paper, “Resume of Snake Notes.”

John E. Smith, assistant professor of geology, will read two papers, “The Story-Marshall Tornado of August 29, 1928,” and “Resessional Phases Between Altamont and Cary (?) Moraines in Iowa.”

Professor Spinney is vice president of the academy. J. C. Gilman, of the publicity committee, and Professor Spinney, J. C. Gilman and Henry Gilman of the executive committee.

“Local Scientists on IA. Academy Program.” Ames Daily Tribue and Evening Times (Ames, IA), April 25, 1929.

At the Hospitals

Mary Greeley

Admitted—Mrs. J. H. Wheeler.

Dismissed—Mrs. A. A. Aardal and baby.


Admitted—Wendell King, Kenneth Gray, James Grider, Lloyd Hartle, Edward Morenson.

Dismissed—John Roper, Genevieve May, Helen Nelson, Clifford Johnson, Grace Harvey, John G. Davis, James Ellsworth.

“At the Hospitals.” Ames Daily Tribue – Times (Ames, IA), May 7, 1930.

Two Professors at Wartburg Named to Faculty at Waverly

WAVERLY, May 17.-(AP)—A. A. Aardal and G. Ottersburg, professors at Wartburg college of Clinton, have accepted appointment to the staff of Wartburg college of Waverly which will be formed through merger here of Clinton Wartburg and St. Paul Luther college, St. Paul.

Ottersburg is to head the history department. Aardal will head the physics department and may teach mathematics.

Seven Clinton Wartburg teachers now have accepted posts on the Waverly Wartburg faculty.

President Norman Menter reports that 200 prospective students have applied for entrance.

“Two Professors at Wartburg Named to Faculty at Waverly.” Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA), May 17, 1935.

Lutheran Faculty Conference to Be Held at St. Peter

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP)—Twenty-seven Lutheran colleges will send representatives to the fifth annual Lutheran faculty conference at Gustavus Adelphus college here Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, it was announced Tuesday.

Among the speakers will be Dr. Cassed Bergendoff, Augustana college, Rock Island, Ill.; Prof. Albert A. Aardal, Wartburg college, Waverly, Iowa, and Dr. B. H. Christopher, Augsburg colle, Minneapolis.

Prof. W. F. Schmidt, Concordia college, Moorhead, Minn., will deliver the sermon at the Sunday morning worship service.

“Lutheran Faculty Conference to Be Held at St. Peter.” Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA), September 19, 1939.


High School Contest Ends at Independence

Independence — The following North Iowans won places in the high school music contest:

Jane Aardal, Waverly, Lois Ann Harnisch, Nashua, and Carolin Brewer, Aplington, 1st in mezzo soprano solo. Seconds went to Gretchen Zieman, Postville; Marilyn Wentworth, Cresco; Lu Ana Moen, St. Ansgar; Virginia Peckham, Postville; Eileen Christiansen, Northwood; Olive Metland, Osage; Marjorie Bergland, Lake Mills, and Donna Jean Brandon, Rudd.

Seconds in alto saxophone went to Mary Fox, Riceville; Shirley Rotenberg, St. Ansgar; Jeanette Nichaum, West Union.

“Ratngs Listed in Music Event.” Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA), April 27, 1946.

Hope Picks AMVET Queen Candidates

WATERLOO, AP—Bob Hope announced Wednesday the names of five finalists he has selected in the contest for Iowa AMVET queen. The selection was made on the basis of photographs of contestants representing AMVET posts throughout the state.

The finalists, one of whom will be named Miss Iowa AMVET, are Kathryn Carter of Waterloo; Emmajean Aardal of Waverly; Lorraine Thompson of Storm Lake; Mrs. Audrey Hart of Clinton, and Jean Marie Turner of Marshalltown.

The queen will be chosen during the AMVET state convention here July 30, to Aug. 1.

“Hope Picks AMVET Queen Candidates.” Council Bluffs Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, IA), July 1, 1948.

Wartburg College Commencement to Be Held June 1
Minnesotan to Address Class
New FM Radio Station Dedicated in Evening

Waverly — Doctor Reuben K. Youngdahl, pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran church, Minneapolis, Minn., brother of the governor of Minnesota, will be the speaker at commencement exercises at Wartburg college Friday, June 1.

Doctor Youngdahl won national prominence when his church was chosen as one of the 12 great churches of America last year in a poll conducted by the Christian Century. He will speak on the subject: “What Makes Our Dreams Come True.”

Music by Choir

Liturgists for the commencement exercises will be the Rev. William F. Lehman, New Richland, Minn., and Doctor Erwin G. Fritschel, Denver, Colo. Music will be furnished by the Wartburg choir under the direction of Doctor Edwin Liemohn. The program will begin at 10 a. m. and will be held in Knights Gymnasium.

Baccalaureate services for the Wartburg graduating class are to take place in St. Paul’s church Sunday, May 27, at 4 p.m. President C. H. Becker will preach the sermon. Liturgists are Doctor William Schmidt, Waverly, Doctor Gerhad Ottersberg, professor of history and political science at Wartburg and the Rev. Lawrence Stumme, Muscatine. The Castle Singers, directed by Doctor E. A. Hovdesven, will sing an anthem. Following the services a reception for seniors will be held at the president’s residence.

Alumni day activities on Thursday, May 31, include a golf tournament in the afternoon,a reception for the graduating class at 6 p. m. followed by the annual alumni business meeting.

Dedicate FM

W. I. Griffith, Ames, president of the Iowa Council of Better Education and associate professor of radio at Iowa State college, will be the speaker at the dedication of Wartburg’s new FM radio station, KWAR, on the evening of alumni day, starting at 8:15 in Knights gymnasium.

North Iowa graduates are: William G. Boyken, Titonka; Jeanette Gustafson Miller, Waverly; Luther Cronrath, Waverly; Dorothea Kiers, Titonka; Robert Floy, Thornton; Jean Kapplinger, Mason City; Eugene Kreger, Charles City; Rolland Lauer, Hawkeye; Arthur Meyer, Castalia; Ruth Ottersberg, Waverly; Herbert Schiller, Waverly; Katherine Smith, Oelwein; Enn Tatar, Waverly; Anna Marie Walther, Plainfield; James Denner, Fredericksburg; Alfred Koch, Waverly; Emma Jean Aardal, Waverly; Norbert Mueller, Mason City.

Students from North Iowa receiving certificates are: Mae Poppen, Allison; Ruth Albrecht, New Hampton; Mary Ellen Alexander, Shell Rock; Eugene Begalske, Hawkeye; Elmer Boie, Hawkeye; Beverly Hartwig, Nora Springs; Shirley May, Kensett; Myrna See, Waverly; Dolores Miller, Tripoli; Darlene Dickmann, Clarksville; Esther Haverkamp, Waverly.

“Wartburg Commencement to Be Held June 1.” Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA), May 17, 1951.

Wartburg Signs Engineering and Physics Teacher

Waverly—Wartburg college announced the appointment of John R. Gregory, Chicago, as instructor in physics and engineering. Gregory will replace Prof. Albert Aardal who died suddenly just before the opening of the school.

Mr. Gregory received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Montana State university where he also taught for 3 years.

Among his duties at Wartburg will be an active participation in radio station KWAR activities and assistance in the college motion picture program. He also holds a diploma from the New York institute of photography.

Gregory is married and the father of 4 children. He expects his family to join him in Waverly in the near future.

“Wartburg Signs Engineering and Physics Teacher” Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA), September 26, 1951.

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Head of the physics and engineering department at Wartburg, He was also a member of Rotary and Chamber of Commerace


Professor at Wartburg Stricken

(Courier Special Service)Aardal, Albert A. Obituary
Waverly, Ia.—Professor Albert A. Aardal, 64, head of the physics and engineering department at Wartburg college, Waverly, since 1930, died suddenly about noon Monday of a heart attack. He had been painting his house.

Professor Aardal was born in Norway in 1877. He was a veteran of World war I and had been active in college and civic affairs, having served on the Waverly city council.

One of his major activities at Wartburg was a very active participation in the affairs of the campus building and development committee. The latest building project on the campus was to have housed his department in an entirely new laboratory.

He was a native of Aardal, Norway, and served in the American expeditionary forces in 1917 and 1918.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Harold Becker, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. George Gundacker, Waverly, and Emmajean, Waverly; also three grandchildren.

His wife preceded him in death.

Funeral services are tentatively set for Thursday afternoon at St. Paul’s Lutheran church.

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