Caroline Dorothea Margrethe (Linka) Keyser was born in 1829 in Kristiansand, Norway. Linka and her husband, Herman Amberg Preus, arrived in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin in 1851. Herman Preus was a pastor and later the president of the Norwegian Lutheran Synod in America. Christian Keyser Preus, her son, became the second president of Luther College. Linka is best remembered for her sketchbooks which contain her drawings of Luther College and the Decorah area from the 1850s and 1860s. Her sketches depict moments relating to Luther College as well as to the Midwest and her native Norway, respectively. In 1876, she suffered a stroke from which she never fully recovered. She died four years later in 1880. Her diary, translated in 1951, contains details not only about events in her life but also about her thoughts and feelings in entries recorded from 1844 to 1864. The Luther College Archives holds her personal papers, which includes her sketches, diary, and correspondence. Her diary has been translated, edited, and published and is available from Preus Library (see catalog record here:http://luther.worldcat.org/oclc/183608056).
This image is a sketch of hers depicting the cornerstone laying of the first Main Building.