Earl C. GrefsrudEarl Clayton Grefsrud was born the 22nd of September 1928 at the family home in rural Hawley, Minnesota. He was the eighth of thirteen children born to Martina Bratlien and Gustav Grefsrud. Earl’s first eight years of education took place in a country school to which he and his siblings walked. Continued education was a dream and after a year of working on the family farm, he left home to work for and live with a sister and her family so he could attend high school.
After his graduation from Hitterdal High School, Earl attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota followed by Luther Seminary in St. Paul. On the 22nd of December 1951 Earl was united in marriage with Priscilla Johnson Sorknes of Moorhead at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in that city. They were blessed with three children.