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Published 11. October 2000

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Sunnfjord folkehøgskule - memorial stone for principal

In front of the oldest building at the Sunnfjord folkehøgskule there is a memorial stone. The stone was erected in 1933, in memory of Rasmus Øvrelid, principal of the school 1903-1916.

Sunnfjord Folkehøgskule (Sunnfjord Folk High-School), Solvang, in Førde. The Øvrelid memorial stone is on the lawn in front of the red building in the front of the picture.

Sunnfjord Folkehøgskule (Sunnfjord Folk High-School), Solvang, in Førde. The Øvrelid memorial stone is on the lawn in front of the red building in the front of the picture.

Owner: Sunnfjord Folkehøgskule.

Date: Ukjend.

Photographer: Postkort. Camera Bergum.

The Øvrelid stone

The Øvrelid stone is cut in granite, more than four metres high and 75 centimetres at the base. It is secured in two square, concrete foundations, and there are ropes between the low points in each corner. The inscription is cut into the stone. On the front: RASMUS * ØVRELID * 1876-1931 * SO SIGNE * DAA GUD DET * GODE SAAD (May God bless the good seed). On the back: VENER REISTE * DENNE STEINEN 1933 (Friends had this stone erected, 1933)

On the upper part of the stone a bright sun is cut.

Rasmus Øvrelid

Rasmus Øvrelid was mentioned in Norsk Allkunnebok, which was published in the period 1948-1964:

"Rasmus Johannes Øvrelid (1876-1932), Norwegian educator, born in Hareid. Graduate of Volda lærarskule (Volda Teachers' Training College) 1897, a teacher there 1897-1903, principal of Sunnfjord ungdomsskule (folk high-school)1903-1916, head of department at Volda lærarskule 1916-1932. Travel grants to Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Iceland, and England. Published the magazine Voldingen (magazine for Volda lærarskole and alumnae) 1920-1925. He also published "Arbeid, framgang og lukka" (work, progress and happiness) (1910), "Volda lærarskule i 25 år" (Volda lærarskule for 25 years (1920), and "Sundagsfred" (Sunday peace) (1932). Øvrelid was often a speaker advocating peace, temperance, language independence, etc.. He contributed actively in the language papers and magazines in the western part of the country."

Rasmus Øvrelid died on 22 April, 1932, and was buried in Volda.

Memorial stone

In the year when Øvrelid died, the board of Sunnfjord Ungdomsskule issued an appeal to raise a memorial for him at the folk high-school. The stone was erected the following year and unveiled at the students' union on Sunday, 29 October, 1933. A great many people from the district of Sunnfjord had come for the occasion.

The unveiling ceremony speech

The chairman of the county school board, A.B. Vamraak, parish clerk, gave the ceremonial speech. The 50th anniversary yearbook of the school has an article about Rasmus Øvrelid, written by Kristian Ulltang. He underlines some of the points Vamraak included in his speech, f. ex. this:

- The person in whose memory a stone is erected, must have contributed more for people than others have done. The speaker also mentioned the history of the school in the Sunnfjord district: Anders Haave and Thorbjørn Horten, - the man who nourished thoughts and through "Ungdomsvennen" (the youth friend) put the thoughts into practice. The school became reality (1902), and Øvrelid was the man to put this idea into practice. There was a question about the conflict or harmony between Christianity and culture, between the humane and the religious.

Many more speakers

At the unveiling ceremony there were a number of speeches - the chairman of the school board, Nils Husetuft, Bertel Kaale, principal, Lauvsnes, principal, and Kristvik, principal. Kristian Ulltang was a spokesman for Øvrelid's many students over 13 years.

Promise to take good care of the memorial stone

Otto Huseklepp, principal, received the stone on behalf of the school. He said among other things:

"- Rasmus Øvrelid dug deeply in the ground. He did not move often, because he settled down where he came. In two places he gave his strength and his efforts: at Volda lærarskule and at Sunnfjord ungdomsskule. In both places he won many and faithful friends.

In Volda he was active and did good work, but here in Sunnfjord he laid foundations. The folk high-school as well as much of the best idealistic work in Sunnfjord are built on the foundation laid by Øvrelid.

Therefore the memorial stone is going to remain here, and therefore the school gives thanks that a dear memory is connected to this place by a beautiful and stately memorial. And we promise that we shall honour the stone and the memory that will last for a long time after Rasmus Øvrelid."

See geometric position on detailed map at Fylkesatlas or on a 3D-map at Google Maps by clicking on the 3D-button down to the right at the Google-map.


Sunnfjord Ungdomsskule. Solvang. 1902-1952.
Frå Indremisjonssoga i Sunnfjord.1965.
Norsk Allkunnebok. Band 10. 1964.
Informasjon frå:
Leon Haugsbø, rektor på Sunnfjord Folkehøgskule.