Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Virginia Kjolhede Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Collection,
Creator: Kjolhede, Virginia.
Inclusive dates: 1912, 2008
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
The collection consists of material collected and written by Virginia Kjolhede's mother, Marion Kraft Larson, about her school mate Ernest Hemingway and the Hemingway family, and the papers and photographs of Virginia's husband, Ted Kjolhede, respected athlete, alumni, coach, and athletic director of Central Michigan University.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 72,331

Access Restrictions:

Virginia Kjolhede Collection, 1912, 2008, and undated is open for research.


A few items in the collection are copyrighted. Otherwise, copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Virginia Kjolhede Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is divided into the papers of Ted Kjolhede and then Marion Kraft Larson. Materials are then organized alphabetically and chronologically.



Theodore “Ted” Kjolhede: Born on April 12, 1923 in Spencer, Iowa, Ted was the son of Axel and Botilda Kjolhede, first generation Danish immigrants. He grew up in Grant, Michigan, and graduated from Grant High School in 1941. After attending Central Michigan College, now University (CMU), for two years, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning the rank of Sargent. After the war, he returned to CMU to complete his degree in Biology. While at CMU he proved to be an accomplished athlete in several sports, notably basketball. He served as captain of the CMU basketball team, 1946-1947.

Following commencement, Ted taught and coached at Grand Haven High School, 1948-1953, and at Battle Creek Central High School, 1953-1955.

Ted returned to CMU in 1956 as a faculty member in the Physical Education Department and as head basketball coach, a position in which he served for many years. From 1973 until his retirement in 1984, Ted served as CMU’s Athletic Director. He was a member of the Athletic Coach Administration, 1941-1984, CMU basketball coach, 1956-1971, and was named national coach of the year in 1966. He loved CMU sports and continued to attend games until shortly before his demise.

On December 21, 1947, Ted married Ginger Larson with whom he had four sons, Chris, Theodore, Robert, James, and a daughter, Lucinda. He also served as a father figure to many basketball players, foreign students, and others.

He was an active member of the Mount Pleasant community, participating in the First United Methodist Church in a variety of roles. He was an active Rotarian, a founding member of the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy, helped establish local recycling, and supported the Audubon Society.

Ted died on February 24, 2008 in Mount Pleasant. A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant. (This information is from the collection.)

Marion Kraft Larson: Marion Kraft Larson was born on July 9, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Erick and Alexandra Larson, Swedish immigrants. She was delivered by Dr. C. E. Hemingway, the father of Ernest Hemingway. Marion grew up and attended elementary and high school in Oak Park, Illinois, with Ernest and Marcelline Hemingway. After they graduated from Oak Park and River Forest Township High School in 1917, Marion attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. She was supposed to graduate with the class of 1922 but was three credits short. Although she attended commencement, she was required to return her diploma to the university. By 1925, Marion married N.T. Larson, a clerk, and moved to Wamego, Kansas. Together they had three daughters, including Ginger. In 1972 encouraged by her college roommate, Mrs. Lucille Gossett to attend their 50th college reunion, Marion confessed that she had not officially graduated. Lucille then encouraged Marion to contact the college and see if they would grant her the three credits in exchange for writing a paper about her memories of Ernest Hemingway and family in the context of great American writers. Marion successfully completed the paper and received her original degree, which had been housed in the school vault since 1922. Her achievement, 50 years late, was hailed in the Kansas newspapers. Marion Kraft Larson died in July 1997.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is divided into two series, each in its own box: first the materials of Ted Kjolhede, and second, the materials of Marion Kraft Larson. Materials in each box are in alphabetical and chronological order. Acidic clippings were photocopied and the originals were withdrawn from the collection.

Series (Box) 1 consists of materials documenting the life of Ted Kjolhede, including biographical materials, photographs of his athletic career and teams, articles and letters to the editors he wrote, many of which were published in his role as guest columnist of the local Mount Pleasant newspaper, the Morning Sun, and various materials related to CMU athletics, CMU World War II graduates, and his career at CMU.

Series (Box) 2 consists mostly of newspaper and magazine articles (copies) collected or created by Marion Kraft Larson about Ernest Hemingway. Also included are a few biographical materials about Marion. Of particular interest, is her Memory Book of Oak Park and River Forest Township High School, 1917, signed by Ernest and Marcelline Hemingway, among others, and her 1972 paper about her memories of Ernest and other Hemingways, entitled “Yes, I Knew Ernest Hemingway.” There is one undated, color photograph of Marion, and a photograph album, 1912-1913, probably of her primary school mates. Also included is one oversized photograph of the Oak Park and River Forest Township High School graduation class, 1917.

Subject Terms

    • Central Michigan University. Athletics--History.
    • Central Michigan University. Athletic Dept.
    • Central Michigan University--Athletic directors.
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Central Michigan University--Sports.
    • Central Michigan University--Basketball.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and Alumnae.
    • Central Michigan University. Office of the President.
    • Baker University--History.
    • Kjolhede, Ted.
    • Larson, Marion Kraft.
    • Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
    • Sanford, Marcelline Hemingway, 1898-1963.
    • Hemingway family.
    • Authors, American.
    • Danish Americans.
    • Swedish Americans.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    • Oak Park (Ill.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Virginia Kjolhede Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Ted Kjolhede, Biographical Materials, 1984, 2008
    Box   1 F   2
    Ted Kjolhede, Articles, Faith and Related Topics, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Ted Kjolhede, Articles, Miscellaneous Topics, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Ted Kjolhede, Betsie Cabin (Family cabin), 1966, 1985, and undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Ted Kjolhede, CMU Basketball, Newspaper Clippings (copies); Related Fliers, Materials, 1966-1967
    Box   1 F   6
    Ted Kjolhede, CMU MAC Hall of Fame Presentations, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Ted Kjolhede, CMU Remarks, Articles, Memories, etc., undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Ted Kjolhede, CMU Use of "Chipppewas", 1988, 1992
    Box   1 F   9
    Ted Kjolhede, CMU War Years Reunion, List of Attendees, 1986
    Box   1 F   10
    Ted Kjolhede, Christmas Letters re: CMU, Mount Pleasant, 1955-2007; Brief Recollection of Life of Laurence "Doc" Sweeney; Other Family Letters, 1971, 1997
    Box   1 F   11
    Ted Kjolhede, Eulogies, People and Dogs, 1972-1999, and undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Ted Kjolhede, Genealogy Correspondence, 1992-1993; Notes, undated, 1992-1993; undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Ted Kjolhede, Grandsons of the Danish Immigrants, Forms, 1979, 1987
    Box   1 F   14
    Ted Kjolhede, Guest Columns, Letters to the Editors, 1986, and undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Ted Kjolhede, Notes for Future Guest Columns, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Ted Kjolhede, Photographs, CMU World War II Reunion, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Ted Kjolhede, Photographs, Sports, Basketball, Football, Golf, and Related, 1960-1990
    Box   1 F   18
    Ted Kjolhede, Slides, Colored, CMU Basketball, 1969-1980, Negatives, CMU Basketball, Football, Ted, undated, 1969-1980, undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Ted Kjolhede, Speeches, Remarks, Related Notes, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Marion Kraft Larson, Biographical Materials, 1972-1997
    Box   2 F   2
    Marion Kraft Larson, Baker University Publications, 1972
    Box   2 F   3
    Marion Kraft Larson, Correspondence, 1922, 1972-1987, and undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Marion Kraft Larson, Hemingway Celebration '84 Brochure, 1984
    Box   2 F   5
    Marion Kraft Larson, Hemingway-the Mysterious Writer by Jim Kjolhede (term paper, Lake Superior State College), 1974
    Box   2 F   6
    Marion Kraft Larson, Newspaper Articles (copies) re: Ernest Hemingway, 1949-1979
    Box   2 F   7
    Marion Kraft Larson, Newspaper Articles (copies) re: Ernest Hemingway, 1980-2001, and undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Marion Kraft Larson, Oak Park and River Forest Township High School Memory Book, 1917
    Box   2 F   9
    Marion Kraft Larson, Photograph, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Marion Kraft Larson, Photograph Album, 1912-1913
    Box   2 F   11
    Marion Kraft Larson, Published Articles on Ernest Hemingway: by Carlos Baker, "Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters, 1917-1961," Book Digest Magazine, 1983
    Box   2 F   12
    Marion Kraft Larson, Published Articles on Ernest Hemingway: by Carlos Baker, etc., "Hemingway: A World View," Saturday Review, 1961
    Box   2 F   13
    Marion Kraft Larson, Yes, I Knew Hemingway, Attachments, 1972
    Box   2 F   14
    Marion Kraft Larson, Yes, I Knew Hemingway, Notes, [1972]
    F   1  
    Marion Kraft Larson, 1 Oversized Photograph, Oak Park and River Forest Township High School Graduation Class, 1917