Sponberg, Raymond Hilding. “Raymond’s Stories,” 2004.

GACA Collection 208

Sponberg, Raymond Hilding.  “Raymond’s Stories,” 2004.  GACA Collection 208.  1 folder.


The Raymond Hilding Sponberg (12 May 1914 - 17 July 2000) contains one spiral-bound manuscript titled “Raymond’s Stories.”  These are the memoirs of Raymond Sponberg, put together by his daughter Miriam Sponberg Kagol after his death in 2004.  The memoirs hold accounts of Sponberg attending Gustavus, working as football coach under George Myrum, and events surrounding the fatal bus crash that took the lives of Myrum and two others.  The volume was printed by the Gustavus Printing Services.


Raymond Sponberg graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1937.  He then worked at Gustavus as Director of Admissions and as the assistant football coach under George Myrum.  He was also a member of the Executive Board of the Minnesota Conference of the Augustana Synod.


Life Style of a Farm Boy
Time to Be Kids
Homegrown Foods of my Childhood
Mother in the Middle
A Tribute to my Mother
The Name Change
The Family Homestead
The LeSueur River
A Brush with Death: Close Calls and Accidents
May 12 Every Year
Pickin’ Eggs
Disciplined Jobs for Farm Kids
Otisco, My Town
Attending Sunday School
Reverend C.O. Lund Was Pastor
Country School
A Tribute to Mildred Johnson
Swede School
Christmas on the Farm
Family Trips That I Remember
Especially the Large Barn
Death of Animals on the Farm
4-H, Arvid as Teacher, and Corn-Husking
Labor-saving Inventions on the Farm
Hired Men Arrive
Our Shetland Pony, Fly
Horsepower on the Farm
The Automobile Arrives
30 Notes for Remarks: Growing Up in Vista
Farming in 1929
Big-time Threshing
Tiling the Home Farm
Sugar Cane Project in the 1920s
The Great Depression
Animals Will Survive
Cattle-feeding Days
One Day in the Winter of 1932-33
How To Go to College: 1932-1937
Luke 8:26-39, and the St. Peter State Hospital
Professional Football
George Myrum Succeeded My Brother Arvid as Friend
George Myrum, the Football Coach
The Accidents
Service in World War II
Born Left-Handed
How I Knew Bud Swanson
Christ Chapel at Gustavus
They Call This Place the Guest House
The Home on Belleview Avenue
Our Family Dogs on the Mankato Farm
The Day the Horses Left
The Alfred Longren I Knew As a Farmer
Death in the Human Family

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Sponberg, Raymond Hilding. “Raymond’s Stories,” 2004.  GACA Collection 208.  Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, St. Peter, Minnesota.


Florence Sponberg donated this collection during October 2004.

Adrianna Darden processed this collection and developed the finding aid during February 2010.

Sponberg, Raymond Hilding, 12 May 1914-17 July 2000.
Gustavus Adolphus College.
Memoirs -- Minnesota.