December 9, 1886, Nebraska.

December 14, 1968, at his home in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.


Jorgenson was the son of Danish immigrants. His father, Christopher Jorgenson, had been a soldier in the personal guard of the king of Denmark (probably Christian IX), and his mother a seamstress to the queen. The 1900 census shows the family living in Boone County, Nebraska. As a young man, Elmer led singing in churches in and around Albion, Nebraska, and in nearby Missouri. He was directing the music department at Western Bible and Literary College by 1908.

His wife was Irene Elizabeth Doty. In 1910, he and Irene moved to Louisville, Kentucky.

Jorgenson’s works include:

  1. Encamped About the Saints Below
  2. He Is Able, This My Peace
  1. Can You Count the Stars of Evening?
  2. Christ, Thou Alone