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- audio 220a 21.0 MB (31 minutes)
- audio 220b 21.0 MB (31 minutes)
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Audio 220a and Audio 220b consist of the following recording:
Title: David Enarson – “Oral history Interview”
Library staff member Lynn Wilkinson’s interview with Dave Enarson essentially covers two broad issues. First, they discuss Enarson’s background in terms of his family, education, and career history. Secondly, they look at the development of Trinity Western, discussing several of its founders, how the land for the campus was selected, and how funds were raised.
Enarson talks about his siblings and what they did career-wise, as well as where they grew up and where they are today. Enarson speaks of his conversion experience, and how he and his first wife met. He also describes his teaching positions, as well as his experiences as a pastor of several churches.
The second half, as mentioned, is a detailed overview of how Enarson and others got the ball rolling in the founding of Trinity Western. Enarson is impressive in recalling all of the names and positions of those with whom he worked in the founding of Trinity.
At this point, Wilkinson shifts into specific questions about the institutional development of Trinity, such as how people were chosen to be board members, and how they decided on the number of board members to have. The last ten minutes of the interview focuses on the first fund-raising meeting that Trinity held. Finally, Enarson compares how smoothly Trinity’s founding went in comparison to the attempted founding of another four-year university in Ontario. [Abstract and transcript provided by Dave Tjoelker, Public History student, 2001]
Transcript of excerpt from approximately [10:29]: And again and again we [the School for Canada Committee] came to this property, first of all through … Henry Friesen, who would take us individually at times and show it to us--he’d taken me here many times. And we were here all together on this day--it was before we had ever made the purchase and … I think we were nine or ten persons that were on campus at the time, and Henry was walking us through, showing us the beauty of the terrain and this sort of thing, and we noticed that Walter Cahill had stopped … I said, “Walter, what it the world are you doing?” He said, “I’m taking the shoes off of my feet; I want to walk on this ground in my stocking feet because I believe I am walking on holy ground. I’m coveting this ground for the Wheaton of Canada.”
TRANSCRIPT COMMENTS & CORRECTIONS
Provided by Tim Dalzell August 2018
p. 2 - Duhamel, AB., is correct
p. 4 - Sexsmith, AB., is correct
p. 10 - Carl Sundholm is correct. He was then residing in Longview, Wn.
Tony Hanson is spelled incorrectly.
Walter Cahill is spelled incorrectly here and p. 14. He was then residing in Seattle.
Will Norton is Wil Norton (actually H. Wilbert Norton who was dean of Wheaton's grad school in '71)
Herb Kyrk is spelled incorrectly. He was the home mission's sec'tary in Mpls
Jim Westman was at Winnipeg and not the BC district
Lester Westland is spelled incorrectly. He was the foreign mission's sec'tary in Mpls.
p. 11 - Charles McGee was pastor in Tacoma
Enoch Mattson was in Harper, Wn.
Ken Loge was in Wainwright, AB.
Olaf Lolund is probably Loland--Bethel FC had a number of Lolands as members in '60
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- See transcript at http://archives.twu.ca:8080/oralhistory.htm
- See F 41 for transcript.