Who Was Gale F. Fletchall

The Founding Father of the Scandinavian Festival:DSC_0548

In 1955 Gale F. Fletchall and his wife move to Lane County, drawn here by a general practice internship offered at Sacred Heart Medical Center. He opened his practice in Junction City in 1956 and became the town’s doctor. After the opening of the I-5 corridor, Fletchall watched his beloved town slowly die out as businesses closed up due to lack of traffic. That is when he had the idea that would define him for the rest of his life.

His solution for a dying town was to bring everyone together to celebrate the town’s Scandinavian Heritage. Fletchall wanted a quality festival not a carnival, a safe place for families and friends to gather and enjoy good food and good company. Dr. Fletchall served on the Festival Board as President for many years, and even after he retired continued to serve as a vital part of Festival. His lifetime services to the community are still honored each year with the giving out of the Dr. Gale F. Fletchall Award to worthy individuals and/or organizations that continue his legacy.

 

This Year’s Award Winner: Soon to be Announced

 

Past Fletchall Award Winners

 

  • Verne & Alves Andresen
  • Helga & Hans Rasmussen
  • Viola West
  • Christine Nielsen
  • Marv & Mary Krenk
  • Vard & Peggy Nelson
  • Fran Wilger
  • Jock Loths
  • Walt Peterson
  • Jeri Beard
  • Wayne & Gretchen Leiberg
  • Brad & Dee Lemhouse
  • Karen McCumsie Nielsen
  • Karsten Rasmussen
  • Chuck & Sandy Toftdahl
  • Dean McKay
  • Jack Dutchess
  • Mike Curley
  • Pacific Power
  • Nadine & Mitch Wiles
  • John & Polly Gunson
  • Joanne Hunt
  • Gay Blankenship
  • Joen N. Bodtker
  • Theodore E. Jensen
  • Roy Chapman
  • Dorothy Young
  • Victor Nielsen
  • Arnie & Elaine Anderson
  • City of Junction City
  • Jo Brown
  • Sue Huntley
  • Tom Johnson
  • Helen Sill
  • Fred Peterson
  • Vard Nelson
  • Elmer Borgaard
  • Bing Nelson
  • Russell Jones
  • Karl Pedersen
  • Gale Fletchall
  • Carl & Enola Nielsen
  • Russ, Marla, Julie & Jon Weber
  • Orine Brunscheon
  • Kathy May
  • Fred Barden
  • Don & Carol Nielsen
  • Jamie Hooper
  • Tom & Brenda Peterson
  • Kay Slaton
  • Junction City Fire Department
  • Junction City-Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Brett & Laura Lemhouse
  • Glenna Barker
  • Jerry & Mary Lou Finigan
  • Taryl Perry
  • Rod Lemhouse
  • Dave & Melany Vaughan