Born: February 17, 1866, Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.
Died: January 14, 1938, Ossian, Iowa.
Buried: Stavanger Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa.
Kristen was the husband of Carolina Maria Anderson.
He emigrated to America at age 16, settling in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he worked a few years.
He spent the winter of 1886 at an academy, and entered Luther College in the fall of 1888.
He went on to serve as a Lutheran minister in Ossian, Iowa.